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May 05, 2013

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Donald

My Dear Rabbi Kurt,

Once again - we agree!

This is not North vs South Korea. This is not Iraq 'with' Hussein vs 'without' Hussein. This certainly is not Europe vs Hitler.

There just isn't any identifiable "Good Guy" vs Assad. They are all a bunch of power hungry sociopaths. Throughout every country in the Middle East there are areas totally controlled by tribal leaders. In Israel there are only 13 or 14 political parties who scream and yell at each other but still find a way to form a coalition. In each Islamic country there are dozen's & dozen's tribal leaders who will never even allow their members to marry outside of the tribe, so how can they ever form a coalition government. Even in little Kuwait with less than 80,000 class '1' (*) Kuwaiti citizens - there are over 50 tribes.

For the time being, Obama must show restraint as it demonstrates he is still ready for action, but won't show our intensions until we are fully prepared to make the 1st move. Stormin' Norman once said: "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle."

It won't please the buglers leading the 7th Cavalry who want us to take out Al-Assad the Younger! Nor will it please those incredulous peace-niks who want us to go in surgically and safely bring out the innocent Syrian victims.

Also it was nice to hear his immediate approval of the recent Israeli Air Force raids that destroyed the Syrian missile convoy heading for Lebanon.

Even if we could identify where he has hidden the Sarin Storage locations, we can't drop one of our Bunker Buster Bombs for fear of distributing a giant Sarin cloud over the entire Middle East.

The only error our President made was to present the WMD Red Line criteria to Beshar - who immediately called his bluff by using some of it.

We will have to wait & see. Won't we?

Ernie

Very intelligent, wise commentary. If only it were that simple. Thank God we have a president who is smart enough not to dive into this morass of civil and religious insanity. Once again, you're right on!

Alan Weiss

Terrific! And why is the world still fighting!

Merrill

Great piece!!

It's amazing how people can see what has happened over the last 10 plus years of military adventure, and then look for more of the same. Nothing changes, dumb is dumb!!

Chuck

IT DOES SEEMS TO BE A HOPELESS AND CONFUSING SITUATION FOR THE WEST--ONE THING WE KNOW, IS THAT TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS WILL INCREASINGLY POUR INTO SYRIA AS TIME GOES BY, AND PROBABLY OVERWHELM WHATEVER POTENTIALLY DEMOCRATIC SYRIAN "MODERATES" THAT EXIST. IF THEY OVERCOME THE ALAWITES, ONE OF THE FACTIONS, HEXBOLLAH OR AL QAIDA, OR BOTH, WILL CONTROL UNCONVENTIONAL WEAPONS, AND WITH THE IRANIANS IN THE MIX, MATTERS WILL GET MORE DICEY FOR US AND ISRAEL.

AS IN IRAQ, WHERE SADDAM WAS THE BETTER OPTION FOR US (WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE GONE THERE), ASSAD IS THE BETTER OPTION FOR US, AND ISRAEL NOW. MUBARAK WAS THE BETTER OPTION FOR EGYPT, GHADAFFI WAS FOR LIBYA. BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN A COUNTRY, NOT READY FOR IT, AND HAVING THE MANY EXTERNAL FORCES THE MIDDLE EAST HAS, IS DIFFICULT TO MESS WITH. AMERICA NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE MIDDLE EAST, AND NOW BOTH BUSH AND OBAMA, AND PERHAPS PRESIDENTS PRECEDING THEM, HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO LETTING THE GENIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE.

M Dworin

I absolutely agree with every thing you say and believe in except abortion and I love you Mitzi

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