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 May 8, 2007 / 20 Iyar, 5767

As the world churns ...

By Ed Koch

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | CNN commentator Lou Dobbs has developed a formula for his successful daily program. It is taking a single issue such as the debate on immigration and legalizing the status of the existing 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants in the country, and discussing it every day for weeks or even months. He always forcefully presents his view that allowing illegal immigrants to change their status to legal and allowing them to ultimately become United States citizens without returning to their own countries and standing in line with others is a form of amnesty.

While it can be reasonably argued that there is a heavy handed aspect to his daily attacks, the core of his argument is correct, in my opinion. Because he is so effective, there are those who would now like to get rid of him by charging him with the use of abusive language. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) a famous historic private sector agency that has assisted in bringing in millions of Jews over the years as immigrants, has demanded that Dobbs be fired because, according to The New York Sun, he "denounced immigrant-rights groups for portraying a crackdown on illegal immigrants as a threat to foreigners who live in America legally," saying "They might as well work for Herman Goering. I mean, they're running so much propaganda, trying to confuse the debate, the national dialogue, by talking about immigrants rather than illegal aliens and legal immigrants."

Dobbs is right and, while a reference to Goering is a bit much, and he probably meant to say Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, he is on target. The supporters of the drive to legalize illegal immigrants often seek to confuse the issue by fudging if not eliminating any difference between legal and illegal immigrants. If Dobbs had wanted to avoid controversy, he would simply have alluded to the "big lie" technique. In any event, it is an outrage that his job should be threatened, although CNN will not succumb to the pressure. On the other hand, advertisers have the courage of paper tigers. It is important that those who believe in good tough debate stand up and defend the other side, when as here, Dobbs has done nothing illegal, immoral or unconscionable. Indeed, his opinion on this issue is the majority opinion in the country.

I am surprised at the little coverage given by the print media to the police riot last week in Los Angeles, resembling what occurred at Kent State University 27 years ago in the era of the Vietnam War when a national guard contingent fired into a crowd of protesting students, killing four and injuring nine. This past week, apparently an audio recording of the Kent State riot was found on which, according to The New York Times, a voice "order[ed] troops to fire into a crowd of students, according to a man wounded in the shootings who obtained a copy of the recording."

In Los Angeles, Police Chief William Bratton said, according to The Times, "the episode here in which police officers clashed with demonstrators and journalists on Tuesday at an immigration rally was the 'worst incident of this type I have ever encountered in 37 years in law enforcement.'"

According to the Los Angeles Times, "Bratton said the 60 or so members of the Metropolitan Division's Platoon B have been 'stood down' and won't return to active street duties until they have undergone retraining that meets his level of comfort. 'Some of them in all likelihood won't be returning to the Metropolitan Division as a result of our findings,' he said. Any disciplinary action won't come until the LAPD issues a May 30 report to the City Council. 'Some of this will be career-impacting,' Bratton added. The chief made it clear that incident commanders would be just as accountable."

The police said 15 civilians were hurt. The Times reported, "Mr. Bratton said 240 non-lethal projectiles [rubber bullets] were fired by the police into the crowd."

I oppose the goals of the rally and recognize there undoubtedly were provocateurs who threw rocks and bottles at the police. I doubt that the police were in such danger that they feared for their lives, and they apparently did not try to apprehend those engaged in violent behavior before resorting to their guns. Ultimately, the police arrested nine people for offenses including assault and rock throwing. Hopefully, those convicted will pay an appropriate penalty, including jail time and not be discharged with a lecture. But the greater threat to our liberties are the police who engaged in a police riot, described by their police chief as the "worst incident of this type." They should all be suspended from the force immediately and those who gave the orders to lock, load and fire should be prosecuted. Society cannot tolerate law breakers, especially among those charged with enforcing the law.

The Times published one of the scariest articles I've read in a long time on what Western civilization is facing from Islamic terrorists who are bent on destroying our culture. The article provides a picture of one town in Jordan that produces Islamic terrorists who engage in suicide bombings expecting and wanting to die in their cause, the murdering of their opponents in Iraq which include Iraqi civilians and Americans.

The Times reports, "Local Imams led them further toward Iraq, citing verses from the Koran to justify killing civilians." "The anger," reports The Times, "is so palpable on the streets of Zarqa [Jordan]. 'He's American? Let's kidnap and kill him,' one Islamic activist said during an interview with a reporter before the host of the meeting dissuaded him." The reporter goes on, "In April, a pair of truck bombers killed nine American soldiers...Asked to name his targets, Abu Ibrahim said: 'First, the Shiites. Second, the Americans. Third, anywhere in the world where Islam is threatened.'"

We, the inhabitants of the Western world are under lethal attack, not only in Iraq, but everywhere. My fear is that too many of us refuse to believe that to be plausible. Adding to the problem, there are many prepared to appease those who threaten us.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Edward I. Koch, the former mayor of New York, can be heard on Bloomberg Radio (WBBR 1130 AM) every Sunday from 9-10 am . Comment by clicking here.


© 2007, Ed Koch