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-[ Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 3, 2014 Obama's Three Year War in Syria? by Sal Giarratani I write this commentary with anguish. For a two week period leading up to the air war over Syria, we tele- graphed our intentions to the world that we were com- ing. Yet, our enemies talk in "peanut butter and jelly' code to keep us in the dark. Earlier this week when the missiles were fired, they took out lots of empty build- ings on the ground and perhaps a mere 20 ISIS fighters. On the first day of this "Obama's War" in Syria, 47 Tomahawks missiles were launched. One Demo- cratic congresswoman said we were degrading ISIS, but in fact, we are only in the disrupt phase of "degrade and destroy. Last week the Presi- dent received congressional authority to train and arm Syrian rebels, but never asked for authority to bomb Syria days later. The Obama White House is still using the 2002 war authorization which President George W. Bush requested in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks. Of course, after the mis- siles were fired, the Penta- gon reported that a new A1 Qaeda spinoff, called Khorasan, is an immedi- ate threat to America and Europe. This threat gave Obama constitutional justi- fication for going solo again, didn't it? This past Thu~sda~/ moru- ing, I heard President Obama speaking on the radio talk- ing about preparing the Syr- ian rebels to take on the ISIS threat and President Assad. WHOAI WHOA! WHOA! Presi- dent Assad? Didn't the Pen- tagon just give advanced notice to both the leaders in Tehran and President Assad that our intentions were focused on getting Islamic terrorists and not Iran or Assad's control of Syria? Attention moon-bat Dem- ocrats, stop calling this Bush's fault. That war ended years ago. This war belongs to Obama and Obama alone. The Obama White House is now saying this struggle will take years -- three years -- so this president will be kicking the can off to the next president. Isn't that what all the moonbats accused Bush of doing? By the way, do these liberals know that the 47 missiles launched on Day One of Obama's War were treated as much ado about nothing. Empty buildings destroyed and 20 dead terrorists on the ground. Each missile by the way cost $1.5 million. Moonbats do the math. Use your Common Core. That's over $70 million the first day. Can you add up three years worth of war in Syria? By the way, does any- one out there think that Obama's channeling of Gen- eral Eisenhower doesn't have anything to do with the upcoming mid-term elec- tions? I wouldn't be sur- prised to see the Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate when the elections are over. Then, I wouldn't be surprised to seeing the War on Syria take on a shorter shelf life as well. I know many of my read- ers think I am a conserva- tive ideologue but I am no such thing. Neither am I a Republican. I am, however, an American born in post- World War II who has watched America's fall from grace as a world leader. America is a unique nation as our founders saw it. We are an experiment in self- government. No other na- tion on Earth can compare to us. But we need to stand for something more than the next election cycle. We have more enemies out there today than we had during the Cold War of my youth. We need to remain strong against all threats and stand up for our values. Bottom line, this War on Syria as an air war cannot be won without boots on the ground; somebody's boots. Preferably boots we can trust. Air war alone cannot defeat ISIS on the ground or the homegrown fanatics waiting to surprise us at home. We need good intelli- gence and plenty of boots on the ground. I am wary of the Free Syrian Army. Whose side are they on and what do they ultimately seek? Just when you don't think things could get any worse, they do! 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So treat yourself today With some flirty, stunning peepers! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-gen- eration cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or Saint Angela Merici by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari / Foundress of the Ursulines, Angela was born on March 21, 1474, at Desenzano del Garda, a small town on Lake Garda in Lombardy. She was left an orphan at the age of 15 and together with her eider sis- ter went to live at the home of her uncle in the neighbor- ing town of Salo where they led simple and holy lives. When her sister passed away suddenly without being able to receive the last sac- raments, Angela was terri- bly distressed. She became a tertiary of St. Francis and offered her prayers and mor- tifications for the repose of her sister's soul. In her anguish she prayed God to reveal to her the condi- tion of her deceased sister. It is said that in a vision she experienced, she was sat- isfied her sister was in heaven. When she was twenty years old, her uncle died, and Ang'ela returned to her home at Desenzano. Con- vinced that the great need of her time was a better instruction of young girls in the basic elements of Chris- tian Faith, she converted her home into a school where she daily gathered all the little girls of Desenzano and instructed them on the tenants of the Christian Faith. According to tradition, in 1524, while making a pil- grimage to the Holy Land, she became suddenly blind when she was on the island of Crete. She continued her journey to the Holy Places and was cured on her return while praying before a cru- cifix at the same place where she was struck with blindness a few weeks before. In 1525, she went to Rome to gain the Indulgences of the Jubilee year. Pope Clem- ent VII, who had heard of her virtue and success with her school, invited her to remain in Rome. Angela disliked notoriety, and she soon returned to Brescia. On November 25, 1535, Angela organized a group of 12 girls to help her in catechetical work. Four years later the group had increased to 28. She formed them into the Company of St. Ursula (patroness of medieval universities and venerated as a leader of women) for the purpose of re-Christianizing family life through solid Christian edu- cation of future wives and mothers. The members con- tinued to live at home, had no special habit and took no formal vows, though the early Rule prescribed the practice of chastity, poverty and obedience. The idea of a teaching congregation of women was new and took time to develop. The com- munity thus existed as a secular institute until some years after Angela's death. When she died in Brescia on January 27, 1540, there were some 24 branches of the Company of St. Ursula serving the Church. Her body was clothed in the habit of a Franciscan tertiary and interred in the Church of St. Afra, Brescia. Saint Angela was beatified in 1768, by Pope Clement XIII, and canonized in 1807. Her feast is celebrated on January 27th. PIRANDELLO INVITATION TO ENJOY A Beautiful Evening of Italian Song The Pirandello Lyceum Evening of Italian Song will be held on Monday evening, October 134 (Columbus Day) at Filippo Frattaroli's restau- rant (Filippo's) on Causeway Street, North End, Boston, 5:30 pm. This evening is in conjunction with the cel- ebration of October Italian- American Heritage Month. Through the generosity of Filippo and Anna Frattaroli, the Pirandello holds this event as part of its scholar- ship program. The evening consists of a lovely and deli- cious Italian buffet dinner with music and song. Vincent Amara will provide the beautiful Italian music as will our guests who join in the singing. Those of you who love to sing, or love to hear the beautiful voices from our Italian community, are cordially invited to par- ticipate. This event is open to the first 100 people who make their reservation and mail in their check. The cost is $30 per person. Make check(s) payable to the Pirandello Lyceum and mail to P.O. Box 565, Boston, MA 02128. For information and reservations, call Pirandello President Rosario Cascio 617-569-7388. ,