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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 May 5, 2006 / 7 Iyar, 5766

Neutralizing a threat

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's time for a realistic appraisal of options regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions.


The current approach being pursued by the Bush administration, international pressure ultimately backed by U.N. sanctions, is highly unlikely to work.


That's because two members of the U.N. Security Council, Russia and China, are highly unlikely to support meaningful sanctions.


As a backup, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has floated the possibility of a sanctions regimen by a coalition of the willing. But the Europeans, who are supporting U.N. sanctions, are highly unlikely to go along with an independent effort.


Moreover, any sanctions regimen, whether U.N. blessed or independent, is likely to be very leaky. Iran has a lot of oil and a lot of oil revenue. It will find those willing to do business with it.


Nor do sanctions, even coupled with economic benefits for abandoning its nuclear ambitions, seem likely to alter Iran's course. Iran appears to place a very high priority on its nuclear program and seems willing to endure whatever international criticism, pressure or ostracism it brings.


The unlikelihood of international pressure or sanctions deterring Iran's nuclear ambitions has stimulated some discussion on the neoconservative right for direct U.S. military action. That, however, is also highly improbable.


Not even the neoconservatives are saying that military action in Iran would be a cakewalk. There is no confidence that the location and function of Iran's nuclear facilities are well-enough known to count on the effectiveness of a surgical strike. The only way to make sure that Iran doesn't develop a nuclear capability through military action would be to occupy the country.


The possibility of U.S. military action might have served as a deterrent nevertheless. After the Iraq war, however, the Bush administration would face a tsunami of international and domestic opposition to a military invasion of Iran. The Iraq war has largely dissipated whatever deterrent value uncertainty about the U.S. military response to Iran going nuclear might have had.


Part of the problem is that what Iran says it wants to do, develop a fuel cycle for nuclear power, it has a right to do under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.


The International Atomic Energy Agency has documented Iranian reporting and notification treaty violations. And it has documented at least a high interest by the Iranian government in looking at how to make nuclear weapons. Developing such weapons would be a violation of the basic trade-off of the non-proliferation treaty: access to nuclear energy technology in exchange for eschewing nuclear weapons.


This points out the vulnerability of the current non-proliferation structure. The same processes that generate fuel for nuclear energy can be used to produce the material for a nuclear weapon. Moreover, as a matter of energy security, nations are highly unlikely to give up their right to control the nuclear power fuel cycle.


Rather than pursuing undoubtedly fruitless attempts to deter Iran through international pressure, the United States should instead be concentrating on depriving Iran of the strategic advantages it might hope to gain by developing nuclear weapons. And the best way to do that is through missile defenses.


In the public's mind, missile defense is still Star Wars, a space-based umbrella shield against ballistic missiles. In reality, there has been good progress made in subspace missile-defense capabilities.


There's a decent capability in land-based defense against short-range missiles in their descent phase. There's a basic capability in land- and sea-based defenses to intercept longer-range missiles in their midcourse phase, or after boost and before descent. And an air-based ability to destroy missiles in their boost phase is thought to be near at hand.


Production, however, remains limited, and this needs to be boosted, as well as renewed vigor shown in research and development.


Missile defense won't stop countries from going nuclear if they perceive an important strategic value in so doing. If Iran believes that developing a nuclear weapon reduces the likelihood of U.S. military action against it, it's undoubtedly correct.


Missile defense can, however, create substantial uncertainty about the value of nuclear weapons as a first-strike or offensive capability. That could both limit the extent to which new nuclear powers build up their arsenals and the extent to which others feel obligated to join the nuclear club, one of the feared consequences of Iran going nuclear.


Developing and maintaining a nuclear arsenal is a difficult and expensive proposition. Missile defense can help contain the spread of nuclear weapons by substantially reducing the strategic value of them beyond serving as a defensive deterrent. Moreover, improving missile defenses and ramping up production isn't an expensive proposition, at least by Pentagon standards.


The most actionable U.S. response to the breakdown of the nuclear non-proliferation structure, with regard to Iran and others, would be to become a missile-defense proliferator.

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