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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

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

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

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

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

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

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 August 23, 2005 / 18 Av, 5765

A war or a struggle: Just what're we fighting here?

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Earlier this month, there was an intriguing and potentially instructive tussle within the Bush administration over what to call the effort to protect the United States against terrorism.

Pentagon officials had begun referring to the "global struggle against violent extremism" rather than the previously prevailing "war on terror." The New York Times ran a piece indicating that this was a concerted strategy by the administration to signal the broader scope of the effort beyond the use of military force. National Security Adviser Steven Hadley seemed to confirm that this, indeed, was a conscious change in public positioning by the administration.

Someone, however, apparently forgot to give President Bush the memo. And he didn't like the change in description. Shortly after, he gave a speech in which he pointedly used the term "war" fifteen times and the specific phrase "war on terror" five times.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld got the message, and was quickly back to describing the effort as a "war."

Most of the Washington press corps treated this as an inside-the-Beltway, who's-up-and-who's-down story. "Rummy tried to get cute and got spanked" sort of thing.

Those on the right who favor a muscular U.S. international role took it more seriously, detecting defeatism and blame-shifting coming from the Pentagon. Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, went so far as to suggest that Bush should cashier Rumsfeld over it.

The infighting is intriguing. But there are substantive issues involved in the question of what to call the effort to protect the United States against terrorism.

There are many respects in which the effort has the attributes of war.

After all, bin Laden has twice declared war against the United States.

After the 9/11 attacks, I advocated a formal declaration of war against al-Qaida, which I still believe would have provided useful clarification and orientation for the country.

Saying that the effort is a war means that the country is going to use the instruments of war to protect itself, and not limit its response to law enforcement activities.

That means being willing to use military force to topple the Taliban and dislodge al-Qaida from its safe sanctuary. It means being willing to detain combatants for being combatants, without necessarily charging them with criminal offenses. And it means being willing to kill terrorists rather than limiting ourselves to attempting to arrest and try them.

But there are other vital attributes of the effort to protect the United States against terrorism for which the term "war" is both misleading and distracting.

President Bush is simply wrong that Iraq is the central battleground in the effort to protect the United States against terrorism. Buttoning up internal U.S. security is. And the federal government isn't doing a very good job of it.

The Department of Homeland Security has added much more bureaucracy than protection. Its new secretary, Michael Chertoff, recently announced a reorganization to try to get the department's resources more aligned with actual risk. The FBI recently announced its second reorganization, after a scathing critique of its counterterrorism activities by the Silverman-Robb Commission.

If U.S. immigration laws had been followed, most of the 9/11 hijackers never would have been in the United States or would have already have departed. Yet, nearly four years later, the government is no where near the point of controlling who gets into our country or ensuring their compliance with our immigration laws while here.

The term "war" suggests the most important action is where the bullets are flying. In the effort to protect the United States against terrorism, that's not necessarily true.

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It also suggests a consuming national commitment. Protecting the country against terrorism, however, requires certain government operations to perform extraordinarily well — precisely so the rest of us can go about our normal lives with a sense of security.

President Bush appears to be losing the country somewhat on the issue of national security. A sense that there is an excessive "war" orientation to the effort to protect the United States against terrorism may be a part of that, particularly given the growing number of Americans who believe that the Iraq war was imprudent.

The Democrats — dominated by the MoveOn.org/Michael Moore, see-no-evil-fight-no-evil sentiment — are poorly positioned to take advantage of this.

Nevertheless, Republicans, and the country, could benefit from greater precision in describing the effort to protect the United States against terrorism, which can in turn lead to better priorities and policies.

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