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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 19, 2010 / 4 Shevat 5770

Purposely overlooking radicalism

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sun Tzu, the perhaps mythical Chinese general who contemporary military strategists regard as the greatest military strategist of all time, said there were two keys to success in war: "Know yourself, and know your enemy."


The disgraceful report issued by the Department of Defense last Friday (1/15) on the Fort Hood massacre indicates the leadership of our military knows neither.


In case you'd forgotten, on Nov. 5 Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire at a mobilization center at the Texas Army base, killing 13 and injuring 43 others.


Maj. Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" (G0d is great) as he opened fire on unarmed men and women, which gave a clue as to his motive. Within days, that motive was crystal clear. Maj. Hasan is a radical Islamist who sought contacts with al Qaida (interestingly enough, through Anwar al Awlaki, who also mentored Umar Abdulmutallab, the Christmas bomber). You wouldn't learn any of this from the "DoD Independent Review Related to Fort Hood," which was chaired by retired Navy admiral Vern Clark and Togo West, who had been Secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration.


Maj. Hasan is not mentioned by name. He is referred to throughout as "the alleged perpetrator," as if there were any doubt about what he had done. Nor does the report mention his motive.


That omission was noted by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee:


"I am disappointed…that the report does not adequately recognize the threat posed by violent Islamist extremism," Sen. Lieberman said in a press statement Friday. The omission "underscores" the need for his committee to hold hearings on what happened at Fort Hood, he said.

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Maj. Hasan's Islamist views were well known at Walter Reed Army hospital in Washington, D.C. where he worked. In a 2007 lecture to his colleagues on Islam, he said told them infidels should be beheaded and having boiling oil poured down their throats.


In addition to being a radical (or perhaps because of it) Maj. Hasan was a lousy psychiatrist and a lousy officer. "Hasan had been a trouble spot on officials' radar since he started training at Walter Reed, six years earlier," National Public Radio reported Nov. 10. "Several officials confirm that supervisors had repeatedly given him poor evaluations and warned him he was doing substandard work."


Yet despite behavior colleagues described as "disconnected, aloof, paranoid and schizoid," Maj. Hasan was not only kept on the job, he was recommended for promotion.


The DoD report notes "apparent discrepancies between the alleged perpetrator's documented performance in official records and his actual performance during training, residency and fellowship."


"Some signs were clearly missed; others ignored," the report said. It recommended that those of Hasan's superiors who overlooked the signs be subjected to disciplinary action.


The report didn't speculate on why the warning signs were overlooked. The blogger "Former Spook" did:


"Senior officers didn't want the added burden of generating all that paperwork, coordinating with the JAG corps and filling all the other squares required to discharge Hasan," he wrote Nov. 11. "Their reluctance was underscored by fears of being called racists or bigots, putting them under scrutiny, and (possibly) ending their careers."


This sensitivity is accorded only to Muslims. When the much decorated Lt. Gen. William Boykin, a devout Christian, made a speech at a church that Muslims deemed offensive, he was pushed into retirement.


The officers in Maj. Hasan's chain of command who overlooked his radicalism certainly deserve censure. But more culpable, in my view, are those senior officials who created the atmosphere of political correctness which made them fear for their careers if they took action. Chief among these is Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff. In the immediate aftermath of the shootings at Fort Hood, he worried more about a potential backlash against Muslims from his soldiers than about protecting his soldiers from Islamist attacks.


"As horrific as this tragedy was," he said, "if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."


The Clark/West whitewash makes it clear the Department of Defense is still more interested in political correctness than in protecting our soldiers. G0d help them. It's clear the chief of staff and the secretary of defense won't.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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