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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 Oct. 12, 2006 / 20 Tishrei, 5767

GOPers couldn't change the subject — but Korea did it for them

By Dick Morris


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In one deadly moment, North Korea has succeeded in doing what no amount of backtracking by Speaker Dennis Hastert or his beleaguered Republicans could do: It has changed the subject of the national debate. With nuclear weapons in the hands of the most deranged regime in the world, e-mails to pages will have to fade from the forefront of the public's attention.


Will Bush be able to deal with the North Korean crisis? This is truly the moment for a test of his leadership. If he is able to lead a strong global effort to face down the renegade nation and can set in motion a demonstrable process that could lead to a reversal of Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, he will have pulled off a coup akin to JFK's in the Cuban missile crisis and rescued his party from midterm election defeat in 2006 as surely as Kennedy saved it in 1962.


The key, of course, is China. Can Beijing be made to take the crisis seriously enough to turn off the spigot of fuel and food that permits the North Korean regime to survive from day to day?


China has one major fear: a regional nuclear competition with Japan. With Japanese technological prowess and the mangled history between the two nations, Beijing cannot react impassively to the nuclear arming of Tokyo.


Do we dare encourage our World War II rival to acquire nuclear weapons? We must. It is really only the "Japan card" that can bring China to heel and force her to ratchet up the pressure on North Korea.


Let's not allow nuclear nonproliferation to become an international equivalent of gun control, a system that seems to keep weapons out of the hands of the innocent while allowing the guilty, who break the law anyway, to have all the weapons they need. If North Korea has defied the world and acquired nuclear weapons, why should we not permit peace-loving countries like Japan and South Korea to develop nuclear weapons to defend themselves?


Ultimately, the case of arming Japan with atomic weapons is as good as that for France developing its own bomb. French leader Charles de Gaulle always asked whether an American president was willing to trade New York for Paris. Would a Soviet attack that leveled the French capital lead to American retaliation that would doubtless provoke a Soviet response against major U.S. cities? And so Abe, the new Japanese Prime Minister, is entitled to ask if an American president is willing to trade Tokyo for New York.


In the grim logic of nuclear deterrent, only weapons in the hands of the nation actually under potential threat can constitute a real deterrence to aggression, particularly on a peninsula that has already seen one major war.


There is nothing like a national security crisis to force Americans to realize the consequences of paralyzing a presidency by sending to Washington a Congress with which he cannot work. We fell into just that trap in the final years of the Clinton presidency and we would do so now at our peril.


But Bush has to produce and has to do it in the next five weeks. Just like JFK did in 1962.

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