No One is as Naive as our President Pretends

By Norma Zager

“The foreign policy of the United States is the way in which it interacts with foreign nations and sets standards of interaction for its organizations, corporations and individual citizens. The U.S. is highly influential in the world…” Wikipedia

The American president is the most informed human being in the world.

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We Stop for Ducks

By Norma Zager

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?” Will Rogers

Few Americans haven’t seen a line of baby ducks following the Mama duck across the street. This picture also includes a line of cars stopped on both sides to allow the ducks safe passage. I, too, stop for ducks.

Human beings are nothing if not paradoxical. The safety of a baby duck is paramount, and yet we allow the good of our nation to come second to political and selfish ideological agendas.

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Jewish Alzheimer’s and 2012

By Norma Zager

“The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.” George Eliot

My fellow Jews never cease to amaze me. Their serious lack of memory is historic and, of course, chronicled numerous times in the Bible.

I don’t believe I have to point out that whole Golden Calf fiasco do I? Good, it’s best left unmentioned. Or not?

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Will We Prove Worthy?

By Ari Bussel

There is a generation that understands the term “dodging the draft.” A war raged, far away from America’s shores, and many were convinced we should not be involved. Those were the days of flowers, peace, drugs and free love. War did not fit into this lifestyle.

Decades passed. More wars were fought, in Iraq then in Afghanistan. The American resolve that was ironclad ten years ago weakened with the passage of time from the attacks on U.S. soil. The reason for going to war in 2003 against Saddam Hussein—as crazy and cruel as he was to his people—proved nonexistent, and so a shaky belief in military intervention dwindled even further.

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The Too Enticing Smell of Death

By Ari Bussel

The United States of America under President Barack Obama will be accused one day of bringing about the next world war.

It was President Obama who demanded President Mubarak of Egypt to leave. With an equally heavy hand, he demanded Libyan leader Gaddafi’s exit. It worked successfully with Mubarak, America’s closest Middle Eastern ally after Israel. It shocked many because no one expected a friend to sell out a friend, and the lesson left a very deep impression across the Arab world and Israel.

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Spinning Out of Control

By Norma Zager

“There Is A Voice Inside Of You

That Whispers All Day Long,

‘I Feel That This Is Right For Me,

I Know That This Is Wrong.’

No Teacher, Preacher, Parent, Friend

Or Wise Man Can Decide

What’s Right For You—Just Listen To

The Voice That Speaks Inside.” Shel Silverstein

There is always an abundance of political rhetoric before an election. Spin doctors are practically churning themselves into butter trying to take a president’s negatives and convince a disgruntled public they are actually positives, they just don’t see things clearly.

It seems American voters become sight impaired before elections and require spin doctors to act as guide dogs into the voting booth.

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Time to React!

By Ari Bussel

There was a barrage of e-mails after Obama’s and Netanyahu’s speeches, what should Israel do, what should the USA do? Some warned Israel’s supporters that action is necessary for Israel cannot survive Obama. Others still use the recent speeches against Israel, blaming her for the fact that peace remains elusive after 63 years.

The President will remain in office for another year and a half. The Prime Minister’s coalition government also seems stable enough. Even in the Israeli political sandbox, it is likely to withstand any mishaps or votes to break it down. Thus, the lines are drawn and each must accept the other.

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