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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

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review May 28, 2009 / 5 Sivan 5769

The Norks are encouraged by Obama. There's no wonder why

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Memorial Day, North Korea — evidently successfully this time — tested a nuclear weapon. President Obama issued a statement describing this as "a matter of grave concern to all nations," and then went off to play a round of golf.

"By acting in blatant defiance of the United Nations Security Council, North Korea is directly and reckless challenging the international community," the president said.

In an emergency meeting Monday, the UN Security Council called the test a "clear violation" of a 2006 UNSC resolution forbidding such tests.

The great danger to us from a North Korean bomb is proliferation. The Norks, always desperate for money and unscrupulous about how to obtain it, have been assisting Iran and Syria in their pursuit of nuclear weapons, and would sell to al Qaida if their palms were crossed with enough silver. For South Korea and Japan, the stakes are higher.

North Korea responded Tuesday to the torrent of words from world leaders by firing two short range ballistic missiles into international waters. The continued defiance is, I suspect, because North Korea expects the torrent of words to be followed by…more words.

Mr. Obama's statement, and that of the UN Security Council, suggest this:

"The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activity warrants action by the international community," the president said. What kind of action? "We have been and will continue working with our allies and partners in the Six Party talks as well as other members of the Security Council in the days ahead."

For its part, the Security Council said it was considering passing another resolution. These are not threats which make dictators quake in their boots.

North Korean defiance of the "international community" in general and the United States in particular is nothing new. The Norks have been a thorn in the side of every U.S. president from Harry Truman on. What is new — or was — was Mr. Obama's naive and egotistical belief he could change North Korean behavior by reaching out to them.

"The new nuclear test carried out by North Korea demonstates the complete failure, so far, of U.S. President Barack Obama's softly-softly diplomacy and willingness to start afresh with old enemies," wrote Australian journalist Greg Sheridan.

Defiance has worked well for North Korea, because the typical response to it has been to try to bribe the Norks into better behavior. Bribery reached its height during the Clinton administration, when President Clinton offered the Norks free food and fuel oil, and to build two nuclear electric generating plants if North Korea would shutter its nuclear weapons plant at Yongbyon.

The North Koreans agreed, but began cheating right away. President Bush cut off the subsidies when the cheating became too obvious to ignore, but restored them after North Korea's fizzled bomb test in 2006.

"Pyongyang may well be able to sell its Yongbyon reactor to the Americans for a third time, only to continue with nuclear activities at other sites and to re-open Yongbyon when the new agreement inevitably collapses," Mr. Sheridan wrote. "If events follow that pattern, Pyongyang's actions will not only have been rational, but also remarkably effective as state policy."

The Norks have to be encouraged by President Obama's apparent commitment to continue in the six party talks (Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, the U.S.) despite the test.

In an article in the Wall Street Journal May 20, former UN Ambassador John Bolton predicted the nuclear test, which appears to have caught the Obama administration somewhat by surprise.

"If the next nuclear explosion doesn't derail the six party talks, (North Korean dictator) Kim (Jong Il) will rightly conclude that he faces no real danger of ever having to dismantle his weapons program," Mr. Bolton said. "Negotiations like the six-party talks are a charade and reflect a continuing collapse of American resolve."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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