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Chemical Warfare in the Middle East: A Brief History Chemical Warfare in the Middle East: A Brief History
Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

At this time of Hanukkah’s memories of Syrian tyrants past, the Syrian tyrant present, Bashar al-Assad, has reportedly assembled chemical weapons for use against the rebellion.
The Book of Life The Book of Life
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by Tevi Troy | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The High Holy Days are traditionally a time for introspection. Even the sturdiest soul must pause with trepidation over the more harrowing passages in the somber liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Who shall live, and who shall die?
The Iraqi Jewish Archive The Iraqi Jewish Archive
Monday, January 24, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

To whom do antiquities belong?  For Jews, the question took on flesh in 2003 in the flooded basement of a building belonging to the Iraqi secret police.
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Bordering on Collapse Dore Gold, Israel Hayom. As a result of the Syrian civil war, Middle East borders that have lasted since the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 are on the verge of erasure—and the vultures are already circling.
Abraham's Magnificent Home Town Jane Arraf, Christian Science Monitor. A British archeologist, returned to Iraq for the first time in a quarter-century, unearths a temple or palace of “breathtaking” size near the Ur of Abraham’s era.
Are Christians the New Jews? Yitzchok Adlerstein, Patheos. With Islamist attacks on Christians commonplace from Nigeria to Pakistan, Christians have replaced Jews as numerically the most persecuted people in the world.
The Use and Misuse of American Influence Shoshana Bryen, Gatestone Institute. "It is a specifically American conceit that people in other countries and other societies want our social and governmental blueprint as well as our money, medicine, and weapons."
The Forgotten Refugees Michael Curtis, Gatestone Institute. Forty years ago, the United Nations admitted that Jews who fled from Arab countries are refugees. Since then, UN refugee agencies have done nothing for them.
Saddam and the Missed Opportunity Mitch Ginsburg, Times of Israel. In the mid-1970s, Israel tried to kill Saddam Hussein with a letter bomb.  Imagine the blood and treasure that would have been saved if the attempt had succeeded.
The Middle East’s “Big Men” Elliott Abrams, Commentary. "Some months after the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein, I sat at lunch with the aging Hosni Mubarak . . ."
A Good Friend is Hard to Find John Hannah, Foreign Policy. With America’s Muslim strategy literally crashing and burning on Arab streets, it is time to pay some attention to Iraqi Kurds who are actively seeking a U.S. alliance.
The Threat of Success Amir Taheri, Standpoint. Modern Iraq: power outages, corruption, bombings.  But what if, in spite of it all, the country is turning into the region’s best hope for a stable democracy?