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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 Jan. 8, 2014/ 7 Shevat, 5774

Have we entered a historical period and just not know it?

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The deadliest folly in history began 100 years ago this August.

The 20th Century dawned with more hope and promise than any before it. Living standards were rising rapidly. During it, poverty, disease and war could be eradicated, many intellectuals believed.

Until August, 1914. More than 8.5 million soldiers and up to 40 million civilians died during World War I -- an appalling butcher's bill for a war no one wanted.

Military technology had raced far ahead of tactics.

Bone-headed generals launched bayonet charges against machine guns.

In the First Battle of the Marne (Sept. 5-12, 1914), more French, British and German soldiers were killed (483,000) than all American battle deaths in World Wars I (53,402), II (291,557), Korea (33,739) and Vietnam (47,434) combined.

For the first time since the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), noncombatants were deliberately targeted. It began in August, 1914, when German soldiers shot 150 civilians at Aerschot in Belgium to terrify others so they wouldn't rebel. Worst was the Armenian genocide (1.5 million deaths).

Virtually an entire generation of young men was wiped out. Depression replaced rapid economic growth. The war's devastation fueled fascism in Italy and Germany, communism in Russia, setting the stage for even bloodier war.

WWI crushed the old world in which kings were rulers, not mere figureheads, and vast empires stretched across the globe. There were fewer than 50 independent nations then, four times that number today.

Our world is very different. Surely national leaders now wouldn't "sleepwalk into war" as Kaiser Wilhelm, Czar Nicholas, et. al. did back then. But Graham Allison, Harvard professor and Defense Department consultant, hears "echoes of 1914" in 2014.

So does the military historian Sir Max Hastings. This year "the risk of some local turf dispute exploding into a great power collision (is) alarmingly real," he said.

The "echoes of 1914" are loudest in the Pacific, where an increasingly belligerent China threatens war against all who resist its breathtaking territorial claims.

China "aims to push rather than break limits," said an analyst for the International Institute of Strategic Studies. But wars are more often the product of miscalculation than conscious design, history indicates.

The turmoil in the Middle East today reminds her of the turmoil in the Balkans in 1914, said British Prof. Margaret MacMillan, who wrote a book about "The War that Ended Peace."

War has been as common a source of human misery as poverty and disease. On average, there've been at least three "major" wars going on every year for the last 4,000 years, calculates biologist Antonio Casolari.



A territorial dispute between a rising power and a declining one that escalated out of control has been the most frequent cause, Prof. Allison said.

From the Peloponnesian War on, alliances have heightened the risk of war. And when rulers stir up nationalist fervor to distract attention from economic problems, the risk of war rises. There've been just three periods of relative peace: the Pax Romana, the Pax Britannica (1815 to 1914), and the Pax Americana (1945 to the present). They existed because one nation was so mighty no others dared challenge it. All were happy times for humanity.

The Pax Romana ended when a weakened Rome struggled to repel barbarian invasions. As Germany, after unification in 1871, rose to become Europe's leading industrial power, the Pax Britannica dimmed.

The policies of President Barack Obama are putting an end to the Pax Americana. He's slashed military spending, refuses to exercise American leadership.

The administration "makes tough-sounding statements as a substitute for action and, if the tough words don't work, it backs down," said Walter Russell Mead, editor of The American Interest.

Both friends and enemies have less faith in America's will to act, so neither pay much attention to what the president says. His "grand strategy of disengagement" is facing "comprehensive failure," Mr. Mead said.

My fervent hope for 2014 is we'll get through it without blundering into war. That's still the way to bet, but the odds for peace are diminishing.

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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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