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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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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

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Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

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Jewish World Review May 18, 2008 / 14 Iyar 5768

Musings, random and otherwise

By Jeff Jacoby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SPEAKING in Jerusalem on Thursday, President Bush criticized the appeasement-flavored mindset of those who imagine that the world's worst tyrants can be placated with face-to-face chats. "Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals," said Bush, "as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."

Though Bush didn't mention anyone by name, Democrats decided that his target was Barack Obama. The Obama campaign blasted the president for launching an "unprecedented political attack on foreign soil" - and insisted that if Obama is elected, "we're not going to sit down and engage Iran, unless or until they give up their nuclear weapons program."

Really? Obama's own website describes him as "the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions." When Obama was asked during a televised debate last year whether he would agree "to meet separately, without precondition . . . with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea," he promptly answered: "I would."

If Obama has had a change of heart, he should say so. Complaining of an "unprecedented political attack" when he hasn't even been named, let alone misrepresented, is peevish and pathetic, not presidential.

In 2006, Chicago aldermen voted to prohibit city restaurants from serving foie gras. At the time, Mayor Richard Daley called it "the silliest law the City Council has ever passed." Last week the aldermen came around to Daley's view, and voted overwhelmingly to lift the ban.

There are certainly good reasons to shun foie gras, which is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese through a tube down their throats, making their livers bloat to 10 times the normal size. But in a free society, government attempts to proscribe popular consumer choices are usually improper and ineffective. If I disapprove of foie gras on humanitarian (or other) grounds, I should be making the case against it in the marketplace of ideas, instead of lobbying Big Brother to forbid it.

Prohibition doesn't annul demand. Liquor didn't vanish under the Volstead Act; it moved underground, into speakeasies. Foie gras didn't disappear either; Chicago diners have had little difficulty finding "duckeasies" where chefs continued to prepare it. Happily, chefs and diners can come out of the shadows now, and animal-welfare activists can do what they should have been doing all along: Using reason, not force, to achieve their goal.

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