Reality Check

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 June 3, 2003 / 3 Sivan, 5763


By David Warren

Bigotry And The 'ROAD Map'
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As I have been maintaining for the last 20 months and 19 days, President George W. Bush of the United States is the captain of all those willing to resist the most powerful threat to Western Civilization -- to the free and democratic and constitutional orders which govern all essentially Western states -- since the demise of the Soviet Union. He has this job by the usual accident of history. He didn't apply for it, and in taking it up he was obliged to abandon or rethink many of the instincts that had animated him before the morning of 9/11. He actually campaigned in the last U.S. presidential election against the immodest extension of U.S. power in the world at large; but thinking again, realized there could be no choice. For the penny dropped on that September morning, for him and for most of his countrymen.

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It still hasn't dropped for much of the rest of the world. In the Cold War, a half dozen countries of Western Europe were arranged along the frontier of the "Warsaw Pact", and the rest only a little behind them. It wasn't necessary to explain to the governments of any of these countries why NATO existed. It was less difficult to get contributions when passing the hat. The enemy was at least properly organized.

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President George W. Bush by fax: (202) 456-2461, (Andrew Card, Chief of Staff) or by e-mail.

Dr. Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor, FAX (202) 456-2883, PHONE (202) 456-9491

Mr. Elliot Abrams, the Director for Near East and North African Affairs, at FAX (202) 456-9120, and by phone through his secretary Joanna, (202) 456-9121

Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000 or by e-mail form:

Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, 1010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1010 or by e-mail form

The new frontier is not through Europe, except in the sense that recent massive immigration from Arab and other Muslim countries has created little local frontiers, usually around ghettoes, within almost every European country, where unassimilated Muslims with mixed views look outward upon long-established, culturally Christian societies with mixed views of them. There are inevitable social tensions, which are exacerbated by events in the outside world. It is entirely understandable that the countries with the largest Arab and Muslim minorities are the least eager to be seen taking sides in what many Arabs and Muslims insist on wrongly interpreting as an international confrontation between the United States and Islam. And it's a quick mount from cowardly non-involvement onto the high horse of public sanctimony, as the leaders of France, Germany, and Belgium were quick to demonstrate.

The new international frontier is not only not in Europe, but not in two dimensions either. The enemy is not a monolith, but a jumble of Islamist and pan-Arabist totalitarian movements, some with states and some without, and all increasingly co-operating against their common enemies: the liberal West generally; and specifically, the "Great Satan" of the U.S. and the "Little Satan" of Israel.

The battlefronts are scattered, corresponding to what Samuel Huntington referred to as Islam's "bloody borders", so that violent confrontations may be found in e.g. Mindanao, Kashmir, Sudan, Chechnya.

There are other such confrontations at various places within the cultural sphere of Islam; and in each, terrorism, or "asymmetrical warfare" as it is sometimes called in the Pentagon, is endemic. These are where Islamist undergrounds work to overthrow more conventional governments, in e.g. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Pakistan.

There are further confrontations constantly threatening to kindle or rekindle where large Christian or other minorities are found: in Lebanon, for instance, or Egypt, or northern Nigeria, or in the Moluccas.

The only place in the world where the frontier is fairly clearly defined is around Israel: where an extremely small, independent, and democratic Jewish state, minds a very warmly contested border, that separates it from an extremely large Arab Muslim region.

Possible terror threats to the heart of Europe and America emerge from each of these confrontations, as well as from several others where Islam is not an issue at all (e.g. North Korea; "Kalistan"; Sri Lanka; Peru; Colombia; Venezuela; Northern Ireland). In several of those, however, "terror international" has made alliances across cultural frontiers. And, even in such a remote, non-Islamic but lawless place as the frontier between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the Hizbullah organization seems to be encamped.

The preceding half-dozen paragraphs were themselves rather simplified. Imagine, now, reducing them to a soundbite. Can't be done, especially by President Bush, whose soundbites tend to ring true only in American ears, or sometimes in Israeli. Those are the two real "frontline" states, the universal targets, and thus each other's only truly reliable allies.

Now add this to the soundbite. The Arabs and the Muslims are not the enemy, per se; but their views are seldom represented or mediated through anything resembling democratic polities. There is thus no legitimate, capable "moderating" force with which the U.S. can negotiate permanent peace. The Bush administration is thus compelled to create many of the entities it must negotiate with.

"Captain" Bush embarked yesterday on the most difficult diplomatic tour of his presidency, and will spend a week trying to advance his campaign on several fronts. Two are critical at present: to get the rest of Europe on side with what has been done and must still be done in Iraq and at the various frontiers. And, try to create the conditions in which the mythic Israel-Palestine conflict, which feeds so many others, can be permanently pacified. He will be sniped at from all angles in all dimensions. I wish him well.

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