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A Solution: End the Korean War

by Ralph Seliger   THIS U.S.-NORTH KOREA crisis is threatening to blow up, literally, as never before. There’s no question that North Korea is governed by a dangerous and odious regime. And regardless of whether North Korea has a hydrogen bomb (a claim now widely believed), we know it has (or will shortly have) missiles with the […]

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Lying About War

by Dusty Sklar   DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN presidents alike have this in common: They lie to us about war. Even Barack Obama, upright as he seems, lied to us about U.S. intervention in Libya’s 2011 civil war. When Obama addressed the nation on March 28, 2011, he told us that  the task assigned our forces  was “to protect the […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Fauda’s Dehumanizing Humanism

by Mitchell Abidor Discussed in this essay: Fauda, a television series by Avi Issacharoff and Lion Raz.   IN HIS EXCELLENT New Yorker article on the Israeli TV series Fauda (the word means “chaos”), which can be streamed on Netflix, David Remnick quotes series producer Avi Issacharoff as saying of the show that it “was an […]

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Jews in the Soviet-Polish War

The decisive Battle of Warsaw ended in an enormous defeat for the Soviet Red Army by the Polish armed forces on this date in 1920. Russian Jews had already been caught for a year in the middle of a war among warring Red and White Russian armies as well as Ukrainian and Polish forces, with some 100,000 Jews killed. The anti-Bolshevik White […]

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Jews in the Crimean War

The three-year Crimean War, pitting the Russian Empire against  France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia, ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on this date in 1856. For the Jews of Russia, the world’s largest Jewish population, the war had brought about the quadrupling of the quota for Jewish recruits required by […]

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March 14: Israel’s Operation Litani

Following an 11-man Palestinian terrorism attack that killed 35 bus passengers near Tel Aviv, Israel launched a six-day retaliatory campaign in southern Lebanon code-named “Operation Litani” (for the Litani River) on this date in 1978. More than 25,000 Israeli soldiers occupied southern Lebanon with the goals of halting Palestinian shelling of northern Israel, pushing the […]

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January 11: Gerald Gold and the Pentagon Papers

New York Times editor Gerald Gold, who holed up for ten weeks with the Pentagon Papers in order to extract the most newsworthy information from 7,000 pages of top-secret documents that were spilled to the newspaper’s reporter Neil Sheehan by Daniel Ellsberg, a defense analyst, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1927. Gold, […]

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November 5: Bernard-Henri Levy

French activist philosopher, playboy, and public intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy, who identifies as a leftist while tearing down many of the fundamental premises of leftwing thought, was born in French Algeria on this date in 1948. Levy began his career as a war correspondent covering the Bangladesh war of independence before shifting into philosophy as a […]

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October 22: UN Resolution 338

The United Nations Security Council, 14-0 (with China abstaining), adopted Resolution 338 on this date in 1973, calling for a ceasefire in the Yom Kippur War to take place within twelve hours, for the 1967 Resolution 242 (demanding recognition for Israel and withdrawal of Israel from occupied lands) to be obeyed, and for negotiations to […]

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