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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 Sept. 8, 2006 / 15 Elul, 5766

No cheesy surrender for the Americans

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The only flaw in France, a wise man once said, is the people who live there. This is harsh, and unkind to hundreds, maybe thousands of nice Frenchmen, but the men elected to govern France invariably succeed in living up to Marianne's speckled reputation.


President Jacques Chirac and his prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, set out yesterday to do what they could for Marianne and her reputation, and to reassure each other that France is, too, still consequential in the affairs of the world.


M. de Villepin, fearful of the Muslims looking over his shoulder to monitor his speech, gestures and behavior on behalf of Allah, told his parliament that there's no such thing as a "war on terror."


"Let us not forget that these crises play into the hands of all extremists," he said. "We can see this with terrorism, whether it tries to strike inside or outside our frontiers. Against terrorism, what's needed is not a war."


Every time we think we've been too hard on France, ordering only wines from the Napa Valley, dissing french fries and swearing off crème brulee, our froggie friends insist on living up to their reputation. M. de Villepin didn't have to tell us that France thinks "what's needed is not a war." We knew that. France never thinks war is necessary, as the men who sleep in the American and British cemeteries on the bluff overlooking the Normandy beaches learned six decades ago.


M. Chirac, visiting a nuclear simulation station at Bruyeres-le-Chatel, near Paris, boasted that France would continue to maintain a nuclear arsenal. "In an uncertain world, facing constantly evolving threats, nuclear dissuasion guarantees our vital interests. There can be no great ambition without adequate means, that's clear. The position of countries is never guaranteed." The message seemed clear enough: The Americans and the British may not always be top dogs in the world, and France is determined to defend its 265 cheeses, with nuclear weapons if necessary.


M. de Villepin couldn't resist boasting of le majeste of France, or so he thought, but he only reminded everyone of hard times France wants the world to forget about. "It is the duty of France," he said, "to show that the clash of civilizations is not inevitable. No one retains this wisdom, inherited from our history, as we, French and Europeans, do." And if you don't believe France knows how to prevent the clash of arms, you could go to Vichy to see the proof.


The prime minister's pointed remarks were aimed squarely at George W. Bush, spoken only a day after Mr. Bush, confirming that the CIA had interrogated dozens of terrorist suspects in secret foreign locations, said the war on terror — the war that France has no kidney for — had prevented a reprise of September 11. The interrogations had broken up an al Qaeda plot to manufacture anthrax and fly airplanes into office buildings again. He urged Congress to enact laws to give the interrogation program official status.


Defending ourselves makes sense to most Americans, but actually fighting for survival — with real guns and real bullets — is frightening stuff for the French. Our froggie friends long ago perfected surrender as the ultimate weapon of war, but any American president Republican or Democrat or Whig who surrenders like the French would be asking for a ride on a rail straight to the hanging tree.


President Bush has made mistakes in the war on terror, beginning with his reluctance to call the enemy by its right name, "Islamic fascism." Americans understand that "Islam" and "fascism" are not synonymous; no other country in the world, except perhaps Britain, would have shown such forbearance in the face of such provocation. The president erred further by not saying in the beginning that the war could not be fought on the cheap, that sacrifice would be required at home as well as sacrifice by the men and women sent to the shooting war. Now he must say that we will survive, by whatever means necessary, with friends or without if fighting the war alone becomes necessary. Americans have a reputation for giving a fight to whoever asks for it. We intend to live up to our reputation, too.

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