In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Jan. 13, 2011 / 8 Shevat, 5771

China's Rising Military Power and What We Should Do About It

By Ed Koch

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On January 6, The New York Times reported that China has rolled out the J-20 tactical fighter, its first stealth (radar evading) plane, which appears to be a copy of the U.S. F-22. According to The Times, the "Hong Kong editor in chief of the Canadian journal Kanwa Defense Weekly, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday, "They want to show the U.S., show Mr. Gates, their muscle."

While experts concede that China "remains a generation or more behind the U.S. in military technology," and even further behind in "naval and air capabilities…it is now unveiling capabilities that suggest that it intends sooner or later, to be able to challenge American forces in the Pacific."

Today China surpasses the U.S. in energy consumption. It was not expected to do that until 2015. It now ranks second behind the U.S. in its economic standing in the world, surpassing Japan. Also, China owns 25 percent of America's national debt and remains our largest ongoing lender creditor. If Beijing were to stop lending to us, the interest rates we would have to pay others to lend to us would be so high that they could cause another Great Recession.

China's huge edge in our balance of trade is a serious situation which doesn't appear solvable without tariffs or quotas, which are unacceptable to the Obama administration. The 10-month trade imbalance between China and the U.S. is $227 billion through October 2010.

All this underlines the dangers that face us in the event of war with China. Why should we even talk of war? Because the U.S. has a "commitment to defend it [Taiwan] should Beijing carry out an attack," reports The Times. That China is capable of attacking Taiwan is not in doubt.

Are we in a position to engage in such a war? Not as long as we continue to be mired in the war in Afghanistan and have a substantial military presence in Iraq and rely on Pakistan.

We now have 100,000 American soldiers in Afghanistan, where President Obama recently authorized the commitment of another 1,000 Marines. American and NATO fatalities in Afghanistan continue to rise. The outlook for a successful conclusion to the war appears increasingly bleak.

The U.S. also maintains 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq where suicide bombers continue to kill on a sectarian basis hundreds of civilians, and when possible, American soldiers as well. The Iraqi government has just welcomed back to the country Moqtqada al-Sadr, an avowed enemy of the U.S. who left Iraq to receive political sanctuary in Iran. He has stated that he will not be attacking U.S. forces, provided they leave this year.

Also, Islamic terrorism is on the rise in Pakistan, where last week the governor of the Punjab Province, Salman Taseer, was assassinated by a member of his own security team, reported The Times, for "speaking out against the nation's strict blasphemy laws, which impose a mandatory death sentence on anyone convicted of insulting Islam." Taseer defended a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death.

The assassin murdered the governor in the presence of his fellow security members and no shots were fired at the assassin to protect the governor, raising the suspicion of a conspiracy. This is reminiscent of the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, in which Egyptian soldiers working with Islamist opponents of Sadat allowed the assassins to get close to him.

The government of Pakistan is so fearful, according to The Times, that the "President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, a friend and ally of Mr. Taseer, [did not attend the funeral] out of concern for his own security." The Times reported, "The interior minister, Rehman Malik, went as far as to say he would shoot any blasphemer himself." I believe the interior minister is in charge of all domestic security forces. According to The Times, "[m]oderate religious leaders refused to condemn the assassination and some hard-line religious leaders appeared obliquely to condone the attack."

Almost all political commentators in the U.S. say Pakistan is more important than Afghanistan or Iraq in terms of our national security, since the al-Qaeda leadership is located in Pakistan. We also know that Pakistan's national security service, the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), has worked with al-Qaeda, and, India has charged, was involved in the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. It is foolish to believe that Pakistan is in the fold of moderate Muslim nations seeking to end Islamic terrorism. Yet, our government supports Pakistan with billions of dollars and continues to reassure the American people that Pakistan's nuclear bomb inventory is in safe hands and not a danger to the world. I'm not convinced our government really knows much about what is actually happening in Pakistan.

What should we do? First, we should recognize that we cannot win a land war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and that our military involvement in those countries is seriously hampering us from addressing the threat posed by China's rising military power. We should then find a way to withdraw from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan as soon as possible (and, in the case of Afghanistan, sooner than the 2014 deadline which is the Obama administration's current plan). As I have stated before, our national security needs - relating to Afghanistan -- can be addressed with special forces and our air force. We should also seek to form a real military alliance with the Sunni countries of the Gulf region led by Saudi Arabia, together with Israel. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries are afraid of Iran's getting a nuclear bomb and are surely fearful of Pakistan's existing nuclear bombs. Perhaps these countries will accept working with Israel against common enemies in order to have an agreement with the U.S. to defend the region from attack.

Finally, we should strengthen our military alliances with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, so as to prepare for military threats by China. China's economic might cannot be underestimated. Neither should its military ambitions.

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