A nuclear Iran is clearly a danger to the world and a particular threat to Israel, but I've always wondered: how much of the intense focus on Iran among pro-Israel groups here is the result of a sober analysis of the threat, and how much is about finding a good organizing and fundraising focus for groups that do the best when they confront a dire menace and a clear cut villain?
Amid the journalistic outpouring on the killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin-Laden, I was struck by this Daily Beast opinion piece by novelist Salman Rushdie, who focused on the issue of Pakistan.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Richard Holbrooke, the legendary U.S. diplomat who brokered a Balkan peace and who enjoyed talking about his Jewish roots, has died.
Holbrooke, who was the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan when he died, suffered a torn aorta on Friday and was hospitalized. The State Department announced his death on Monday. He was 69.
Jewish leaders were scrambling this week to assess the potential impact of Thursday's assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and the likelihood the nuclear-armed Islamic state would plunge even deeper into chaos.
The killing was another blow to Bush administration efforts to stabilize Pakistan and reinforce its shaky status as an ally in the war on terrorism. The assassination was also a setback to U.S. efforts to push President Pervez Musharraf toward democratic governance.
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