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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 June 25, 2013/ 18 Tammuz, 5773

A sturdy border fence isn't a closed-minded idea

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal is a journalist for whose judgment and integrity I have great respect. So I was embarrassed for him when he wrote June 19 that building a fence along our border with Mexico "would be America's Berlin Wall -- a historic embarrassment."

A border fence would be futile, said Janet Napolitano, now the Secretary of Homeland Security. "Show me a 50-foot wall and I'll show you a 51-foot ladder."

The Berlin Wall was built to keep East Germans from getting out, not to keep West Germans from coming in. But the more fundamental problem with Mr. Henninger's grossly offensive analogy is that the Berlin Wall worked.

Before it was erected in August of 1961, about 3 million people -- roughly 20 percent of the East German population -- fled to the West. They fled mostly through Berlin, to which East Germans were permitted to travel. Between then and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, there were between 5,000 and 40,000 escape attempts, most of which failed.

That the Berlin Wall did what the Communists expected it to is no surprise to soldiers, who've known for millennia that barriers work. Hadrian's Wall kept barbarians out of Romanized Britain for more than 200 years. Constantinople's famous wall kept that city safe from foreign invaders for nearly 1,000 years.

Barriers have to be guarded, which is what makes Ms. Napolitano's statement so disingenuous, and so alarming. When they are guarded, barriers can be very effective.

In the 34 months between September of 2000, when the intifada began, and July of 2003, when construction started on a security fence between Israel and the West Bank, 293 Israelis were killed and 1,950 wounded in 73 attacks by Palestinian terrorists. Since construction of the fence began, the number of terror attacks has fallen by about 90 percent, the number of Israelis killed or wounded in them by about 75 percent.

The fence now stretches more than 400 miles, and is nearly complete. The longer it got, the fewer successful attacks there were.

"The security fence has huge benefits." Israeli army Capt. Barak Raz told NPR in May. "No one can argue with the statistics that it simply brought an end to that free flow of terrorism."

About 500,000 illegals cross into Mexico each year from Guatemala and Belize. To stanch the flow, Mexico is building a fence along its southern border. That's one of the reasons why I don't fret as much as Mr. Henninger does that Mexican feelings will be hurt if we build a border fence.

Our border with Mexico stretches 1,969 miles, about the same as the distance between Tijuana and Chicago. It would be foolish, Mr. Henninger said, to fence it all off.

Only an idiot would build a fence along the entire border -- hundreds of miles of which is so arid a camel would have to carry extra water to traverse it.

But fencing off high traffic areas could reduce illegal border crossings to a trickle, the Israeli experience makes clear. The fencing required would be closer to Israel's 400 miles than to 2,000. If the Israelis can do it, why can't we? If the Romans and the Byzantines could do it, why can't we?

We can, of course, which is why opponents of a border fence rely on emotional arguments.

"I don't really want to live in a country that has a fence around it," said Kirsten Powers, who is both thoughtful and civil, rare qualities in liberals these days.

She's entitled to her opinion, as I am to mine, and I don't want to live in a country where officials don't enforce the law, break it themselves, and lie to us constantly.

Illegal immigration is an enormous problem now, but it would be neither difficult nor expensive to reduce it to a minor irritant.

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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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