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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 April 15, 2013/ 5 Iyar, 5773

North Korea's weak threats have familiar tone

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | They've been authorized to plan "merciless" nuclear strikes against the United States, the general staff of the North Korean Peoples Army announced Wednesday. Last week North Korea published photos of dictator Kim Jong-Un conducting a meeting in a command bunker. A map on the wall behind him showed missile strike trajectories against Honolulu, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Austin, Texas.

North Korea has moved a missile "of considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's defense minister said Thursday. Earlier, North Korea announced it would reopen its nuclear weapons facility at Nyongbyon, and shut South Korean workers out of jointly run factories in Kaesong.

The U.S. is sending an anti-ballistic missile battery to Guam, an ABM-capable Aegis cruiser from Japan to the waters off North Korea.

The crisis "has already gone too far," said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He called for "urgent" talks with the North Koreans.

It would, of course, be madness for North Korea to launch a nuclear strike against the U.S. But officials here and in South Korea aren't sure whether Mr. Kim is "a whacked out lunatic like his father," said Emil Uliya, international correspondent for SCRAPE TV.

"The youngest Kim may or may not be crazy in a padded-cell kind of way," but he is ruthless, unpredictable, and nuke-obsessed, said David Gewirtz of CBS Interactive.

Yada yada yada. I haven't written about this "crisis" for the same reason TV critics don't review reruns. Threats of war from North Korea on the eve of joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises have become a familiar rite of spring.

And while Kim Jong-Un, who became supreme leader in the Hermit Kingdom when Kim Jong-Il died suddenly in December 2011, is an odd duck (as were pop and grandpop), the annual dance should raise no questions about his sanity.

The Communism-on-steroids practiced in North Korea has so devastated the economy that it needs massive amounts of foreign aid just to survive on a subsistence level. Most comes from longtime ally China.

But much of what North Korea must have comes from South Korea, Japan and the U.S. The North Koreans know we regard them as evil mean nasty rotten guys, so they try (quite rationally) to get what they want from us by blackmail.

Experts here search for some explanation other than the obvious for North Korean bellicosity. Kim Jong-Un "could be trying to appease military hardliners with his threats," said Ellen Kim of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Mr. Kim could be the wimpy tool of bloodthirsty military commanders. He could be an erratic young wacko. Or he could be the "closet reformer" some other experts have speculated he may be. But we don't even know how old Mr. Kim is, much less how he is getting along with his senior military commanders.

Maybe this time is different, either because Mr. Kim is stark raving mad or his generals are. But the map of missile trajectories in the propaganda photos of Mr. Kim in the bunker released last week indicate the North Koreans are bluffing again, says retired Army colonel and war game designer Austin Bay.

Here's a clue. The North Korean missile with the longest reach is the UNHA-3, which has an estimated range of 3,700 miles. Honolulu is 4,589 miles from the North Korean capital of Pyonygang. L.A. is 5,935 miles, Austin 6,196 miles, Washington, D.C. ,6,893 miles.

And though North Korea is thought to have enough "fissile material" to build up to six atom bombs, many experts doubt they actually have a functioning nuclear weapon.

North Korean "theatrics" are dangerous only if the world dismisses them as purely theatrical, he said. So it's good U.S. military officials are acting as if they take the threats seriously. Do they really?

I won't start to sweat unless and until we start to evacuate military dependents from South Korea.

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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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