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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review Oct. 12, 2006 / 20 Tishrei 5767

Will civilization will be the death of civilization, after all?

By James Lileks


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's a strange, sick world where one dinky nuclear test can knock the Mark Foley scandal off the front page. Is it really big news? North Korea's nuclear capability has been tacitly assumed for a few years, and learning they actually set one off is a bit like hearing Paris Hilton appeared unsteady as she left a club. Still, an actual nuclear explosion does focus the mind, and makes you wonder what comes next. Let history be our guide:


First we had the Clinton talks, in which North Korea promised to be good. They were given some lovely parting gifts, including much-needed heating oil to warm the officer barracks in the death camps. Then came the six-way talks, which were interrupted briefly for three-way talks over two-way radios; then the my-way-or-die-way talks we're now experiencing. Along the way North Korea broke the seals, restarted its Secret Bomb Program, enriched nuclear fuel and fortified it with vitamins, lobbed missiles hither and yon, and behaved exactly like the sociopathic criminal state everyone knows it to be. The West's most forceful reaction was a puppet movie that made fun of Kim Jong Il. As we speak, the U.N. Security Council is studying the feasibility of a sequel; debate hinges on a French demand to call the puppets "marionettes."


Perhaps that's unfair. The U.N., after all, did condemn the test. But did they roundly condemn it, you ask? They did, but it's still not enough. The test should have been met with an old-style expulsion — say, John Bolton grabbing the North Korean ambassador by the seat of his pants, hurling him into the street and throwing his hat after him. Editorialists would be horrified, of course; such a rude gesture would be uncivilized. Treating the mouthpieces of murderers with the niceties the diplomatic institutions require: That's civilized.


It makes one wonder if civilization will be the death of civilization, after all.


Are the North Koreans afraid of the West's reaction? Shaking in their boots, yes, but with laughter. As their ambassador said: "It will be better for the Security Council of the United Nations to congratulate the DPRK scientists and researchers instead of doing such notorious, useless and rigorous resolutions or whatever."


Nice little Valley Girl-speak there. Sanctions? Boycotts? A 3-D picture of Kofi Annan in which he appears to shake his finger at you when you turn it from side to side? What-EVer.


The options, granted, have been few, but it's still Bush's fault. If only he'd consulted with our allies — no, wait. He did. If only he'd held one-on-one negotiations! That's the ticket. Give them the respect they crave, find the magic combination of carrots and sticks — which is what most of that country relies on for supper, after all — and they wouldn't be acting out. Iran's state-run radio said as much: "Not only did the United States not lift the sanctions it had imposed on North Korea, it even increased the diplomatic pressure. Such pressure finally led North Korea to conduct its nuclear test."


Poor dears, under such beastly stress. You'll be reading that press release again someday, with "Iran" substituted for "North Korea." The radio editorial also suggested that everyone give up their nuclear weapons. Naturally, Iran has no choice but to build their own. Why, Gandhi himself would be splitting atoms in a world like this.


At least we don't have to worry about Iraq buying a nuke. Surely that's a bright spot, no? Others suggest that the low yield of the recent test suggested the North Koreans were testing a suitcase nuke. Saddam might have wanted one of those, even if we had him in a box. There is no shortage of other clients, however. It's not as if you have to cold-call the mountainous regions of Pakistan for six weeks before you get a good lead. Those things sell themselves.


We might try to put Kim Jong Il in a box. But as long as he has nukes and a nice customer base, we're in there with him.

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