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December 2, 2014

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 Nov. 9, 2007 / 28 Mar-Cheshvan

M. Sarkozy shows how to seduce

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All together now: Viva la France!


Nicolas Sarkozy, the unlikely president of France, came, saw and nibbled away at the carefully nurtured mutual mistrust that has marked the Franco-American relationship since there was first an America.


Sometimes the evidence of this mistrust has been merely silly, like "freedom fries" and "cheese-eating surrender monkeys." The French think we're uncouth (mostly because we don't speak French) and, in Jacques Chirac's famous put-down of American soldiers in Iraq, because we're "Anglo-Saxons." You could tell that to Tyrone, Jiminez, Vito and all the other GIs in Baghdad who are about as "Anglo-Saxon" as Pierre. But we get the point.


So M. Sarkozy had work ahead when he arrived in Washington this week, and he succeeded in charming official Washington far beyond his expectations. The London Daily Telegraph, perhaps with a little envy, reported that his "visit to the free world was not so much a charm offensive but an outright seduction."


His speech Wednesday to a joint session of Congress, an honor rarely accorded to foreigners, was interrupted by nine standing ovations. The congressmen, even the leftmost Democrats who usually suffer waves of nausea at the mere thought of American military prowess, applauded M. Sarkozy's tribute to the Americans who helped liberate his country, twice.


The president, son of Hungarian and French-Turkish parents, opened his not-so-Gallic heart with accolade after accolade. "I want to be your friend, you ally and your partner," he said. "But a friend who stands on his own two feet." The French president was flanked by portraits of two men who helped when America was first trying to stand on two feet, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.


His warm words were eagerly reciprocated at the White House, where he was treated to a black-tie dinner and George W. Bush, who speaks a passable border-bordello Spanish, attempted a toast in French: "Bienvenue a la Maison Blanche." Nobody in the French delegation fainted at the well-fractured French. (That was probably a first, too.)


M. Sarkozy went out of his way in Washington to pay tribute to the American sacrifice of blood to evict the Nazis from his country. He went straight from his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base to the residence of the French ambassador to Washington to confer the Legion of Honor, France's highest decoration, on seven aging veterans of World War II. "Without your sacrifice," he told them, "France would not be free." He spoke with tender feeling of the rows of snow-white crosses and Stars of David in the cemetery above Omaha Beach, where, he might have added, the young Americans who died on D-Day far from home could sleep forever under the Stars and Stripes in American soil ceded to the United States by France. The French understand the beau geste. The French government even put up the honored veterans in luxury digs at the Park Hyatt Hotel.


M. Sarkozy's affection for America is not new, and does not necessarily endear him to his countrymen. His sentiments are those that few French pols dare admit to, even if felt. "America," he wrote in his book, "Testimony," came to "aid and defend us twice in our recent history. ... You don't have to be a grand strategist to understand that our interest is to have the best possible relations with [the United States]. ... Where our strategic interests are concerned, systematically opposing the United States is a double mistake. ... If I had to choose, I feel closer to American society than to a lot of others in the world."


He even scolds his countrymen. "In [France] success is not really seen or accepted as a positive value. ... All the hard work done by those who are eventually successful is rarely acknowledged. This attitude is explained by the French desire for egalitarianism, the fascination with leveling out, and frankly, jealousy." Tough stuff. Since he came here to seduce us, he might stay awhile, and we could all enjoy a honeymoon while it lasts.

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