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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 May 4, 2012/ 12 Iyar, 5772

Invasion of the body snatchers

By Diana West




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Remember the sci-fi cult classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"? The 1956 movie is about a small town where extraterrestrial "pods" take over the townspeople. Even pillars of the community change into zombielike clones, as revealed by their blank stares and abnormal impulses. Outwardly, though, the "pod people" remain unchanged.

The town doctor, played by Kevin McCarthy, figures out what's going on, but, as the movie progresses, there are fewer real people to warn. Soon, they've all gone over to the Other Side! The climactic sequence features McCarthy, the last free man, running across a rugged landscape and onto a crowded highway to warn the rest of humanity.

"Let him go -- they'll never believe him," say his erstwhile neighbors, now pod people.

"Stop! Listen to me! You're next!" he shouts to people in cars, barely dodging traffic.

Brakes squeal, horns blare. Angry drivers ("You're drunk!") wave him away. Needless, to say, he can't make them understand.

True confession: I can relate. Sometimes, gearing up for a weekly column -- particularly when it's another entry in the annals of the Islamization of the West -- feels a lot like running onto the highway yelling, "Stop! Listen! It's coming! You're next ..." The feeling gets stronger still when sizing up what I can describe only as body-snatched impulses in real-life pillars of society. I refer to people in positions of responsibility -- in uniform, even -- who, by all appearances, are "normal" until -- wham! -- their eyes go glassy and you realize you're looking at ... a pod person.

Am I kidding? I don't know how else to explain the memorandum sent out last week by the Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. (Well, I do, but bear with me.) Could it have been sent out by a pod person who just (BEGIN ITALS)looks(END ITALS) like a Joint Chiefs chairman? It's the general's signature, all right, and his official seal. But the memo itself is from another planet.

In this memo, our highest-ranking military officer orders the entire United States military to purge its educational and training classes, files and rosters of instructors to ensure that no members of the U.S. military are ever again instructed in the basic principles of Islamic jihad. The body snatchers call such allegedly offending educational material "anti-Islam," but it covers study of Islamic-style war. Given the unchecked threat of such war, both violent and covert, to spread Shariah (Islamic law) until a new global caliphate exists, the question is whether eliminating instruction in the enemy threat doctrine is something that a "normal" Joint Chiefs chairman would do. The answer is no. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" strikes again.

It all started this time (there was an earlier round last fall) due to one elective course -- "Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism" -- offered at a military staff college in Norfolk, Va. According to Wired online, this course included guest lectures by Maj. Stephen Coughlin (U.S. Army Reserves). Coughlin is an expert in Islamic law and jihad doctrine (he and I are among the 19 co-authors of "Shariah: The Threat to America"), whose rigorously sourced briefs are legendary in Washington security circles and beyond. Coughlin's contributions alone would make the whole course worth taking.

When I read that the general's deputy for education, Lt. Gen. George Flynn, described the course as "inflammatory," my eyes widened in horror: Oh, no -- that's what a pod person would say! Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey canceled the course, then ordered that top-to-bottom purge. Clearly, only an im-pod-ster would do that.

Dempsey wrote that he was concerned the military was teaching material "inconsistent with the values of our profession, and disrespectful of Islam." A new review would "ensure our Professional Military Education programs exhibit the cultural sensitivity, respect for religion and intellectual balance that we should expect in our academic institutions."

How about teaching material consistent with the values of free inquiry and with respect for veracity instead? What is urgently needed is a review to ensure military education offers unflinching threat analysis based on meticulously sourced facts and research. That's what a "real" Joint Chiefs chairman would demand, not a "politically correct" curriculum designed to subordinate U.S. national security interests to a policy of not offending Islam.

Wake me when this horror flick is over.

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