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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

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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

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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

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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 August 1, 2005 / 25 Tammuz, 5765

How U.K. terrorists could win

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed," British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in the wake of the July London bombings.

With all respect to Blair, Great Britain will change. A country that once colonized corners across the globe now invites others to colonize London, and make it the most international of cities.

British laws will change. British immigration will work differently. And the British people, I think and hope, will end any romantic notions they may have had about suicide bombers.

The laws will change. No one will be happier about that than Tony Blair. In December, Parliament's Law Lords ruled that post-Sept. 11 laws that allowed detentions without trials of suspected terrorist figures — including figures who had publicly supported acts of terror while gaming U.K. political asylum laws — were illegal. At the time, judge Lord Hoffman wrote, "The real threat to the life of the nation ... comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these."

Last week, Blair told reporters that he didn't think "those words would be uttered now" in British jurisprudence. Expect British courts to change.

Blair is pushing anti-terror legislation that would allow authorities to detain suspects for more than 14 days. The Blair government also wants to create new offenses — "indirect incitement" to terrorism, preparing an attack and attending a terrorist training camp.

Civil libertarians fear that free speech could be the first casualty of the incitement-to-terror measure. Where were they — I wonder — in 1986, when Parliament made incitement to racial hatred illegal and commenced some 40 prosecutions in the next five years?

Law enforcement will change, even if police are unlikely to be as armed as American police. The shooting of a suspect who turned out to be innocent appalled a public with little patience for gun violence. Be it noted, then, that authorities used a stun gun when they apprehended suspected July 21 bomber Yasin Hassan Omar last week.

Immigration policies already are changing, as the government — finally — seems poised to deport Islamic extremists who support terrorism to countries that had been off limits, because of poor human-rights records or support of the death penalty. Most notably, Abu Qatada — believed to be the spiritual adviser of Sept. 11 ringleader Mohammed Atta, would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid and would-be U.S. terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui — should be headed for Jordan.

Bully for Blair, who has long understood that the United Kingdom's desire to welcome immigrants should not require it to smother its instinct for self-defense. No country should, or should feel it has to, harbor immigrants who preach violence against its citizens.

Cherie Blair better change. Three years ago, the P.M.'s wife, a human-rights lawyer, outraged many when she gave this dubious justification for Palestinian suicide bombers: "As long as young people feel they have no hope but to blow themselves up, you are never going to make progress."

Mrs. B. was in Malaysia last week. She had supported the December anti-detention ruling, and she shows little sign of changing her views, even if they seem at odds with her husband. As the Daily Telegraph reported, she warned against responding to "terror in a way which undermines commitment to our most deeply held values and convictions, and which cheapens our right to call ourselves a civilized nation."

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Perhaps Cherie Blair should listen to Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who is working with Blair to toughen law enforcement's ability to prosecute terrorists.

After Sept. 11, Kennedy had been among those who argued that if Brits "allow ourselves to get into a situation where in fact we are suppressing our own individual rights, actually the terrorist begins to win."

You hear it in America, too: If we curb civil liberties, the terrorists win. It's a mindless mantra. First, the terrorists don't want tougher laws. They want loose laws. And when government fails to pass laws that make it easier to stop and prosecute them, the terrorists win.

People of good faith can differ on how Brit bobbies should be armed, or how long authorities should be able to detain terrorism suspects. But thinking people should be clear on this much: If the United States or United Kingdom governments are cowed by attacks and buckle by changing their policies, the terrorists really win.

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