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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 Nov. 25, 2003 /30 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

Muslims have just as much to fear from militant Islam

By Barbara Amiel

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Her point of reference may be British, but the message is universal. It's time to connect the dots about a global — and growing — problem that won't go away by merely wishing it. And, more importantly, it's time for some responsibility from "leadership."


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | LONDON The veins of living humans show a blue tinge, characteristic of de-oxygenated blood coursing towards the heart. In life, all humans spill red blood and a lot is made out of this in literature. A lot less is made out of the fact that, when incinerated, all human beings turn into a grey-white ash, indistinguishable from that of incinerated buildings. That ash covered the pavements and the gardens - so carefully cultivated by the wife of the dead British Consul-General - around the British diplomatic mission in Istanbul last Thursday.


The single most important lesson to be learnt from the events in Turkey is the obvious one, and it is a lesson for Muslims. Namely, that they have as much to fear from militant Islam and its Islamist dictators and strongmen as does the West - if not more. Whether it is the depredations of the Taliban in Afghanistan or the murderous militants in Algeria, it is clear that the greatest enemy Muslim societies have are the extremists in their midst: Ba'athists, fundamentalists and the so-called "political Islamists". This is a battle for the soul of Islam. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be fruit on the tree of hate, but it is not its trunk, nor its branches nor that "root" so often invoked.

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I think it was the great Islamic scholar Bernard Lewis who first had the notion, but Daniel Pipes coined the sentence: "If the problem is militant Islam, the solution is moderate Islam." This plain insight is a lesson often pointed out, but so far not learnt. Even if the West does learn it, that alone would not prevent what happened in Istanbul. It is Muslim societies that have to learn and genuinely understand that virtually all the suffering they have endured over the past 30 years has come from the home-grown extremists within. Western societies can only protect themselves against militant Islam. They cannot provide a remedy for it. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the poverty of Africa and the scourge of Aids are not the reasons for the bombings in Bali or the blowing up of churches by militant Islamists in Pakistan. The sufferings of the Middle East and Africa are not a flea in the ear of militant Islam.


Militant Islam has a number of strands, but it has a straightforward ideology. First, to turn all Muslim societies into Islamic theocracies and then to conquer the world. Blatantly wanting to conquer the world has been out of fashion for a while - unless you count the attempt of Karl Marx's followers to put the proletariat (in reality, the party's cadres) in charge of it. But for the Islamists, world domination is a perfectly real goal.


The notion that the ills of the Muslim world can be cured and the glory, dominance and power of the early Muslim caliphates can be recaptured by returning to Sharia law and some real or imagined past, puts the fundamentalists squarely up against Muslim reformists wanting to go forward. No doubt the reformists are the majority of Muslims in the West, but they seem intimidated or curiously passive.


The Muslim organizations in Britain are an example of this. Of the two main umbrella organizations, it is the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) that is viewed as the home of moderate leadership. The MCB hosted a party attended by the Prime Minister and Cherie Blair, at which Cherie famously wore her "shalwar kameez". The British Board of Deputies, made up of Jewish leaders, chose the MCB as an ecumenical partner. And on September 29, 2001, the MCB "convened a special meeting of imams [leaders] and ulama [scholars] to discuss the events of September 11 in the United States of America and their aftermath".


After the meeting, the MCB issued a statement deploring the attacks of September 11. This was widely greeted as a demonstration of domestic Muslim moderation. That statement bears reading. In fact, it condemns September 11 and the bombing of al-Qa'eda and the Taliban in Afghanistan equally and in the same terms - which translates into no condemnation of September 11 at all.


Essentially, the statement was an example of the verbal gymnastics of people trying to reconcile their emotional support of militant Islam with their own standing as respectable moderates.


Ultimately, the MCB is as ideological as the Muslim Association of Britain, which gets its inspiration from the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Association of Britain co-sponsors the "Stop the War" marches and equates George W. Bush with Saddam Hussein. One never knows how representative these sorts of organizations are and I would hazard a totally unscientific guess that their extreme views represent less than 20 per cent of British Muslims, if that. But small comfort. I know of no recognized Muslim leader or Muslim organization in Britain speaking out publicly on behalf of Western democracies or the war on terror - or, as importantly, against militant Islam in all its manifestations. Any statement has to be hedged with moral equivalence.


Perhaps the MCB means well and simply lacks courage or intelligence, or perhaps it has been hijacked. But no matter. Without any organized opposition to these views by moderate Muslims, the danger is apparent. A radical minority can take over a country or a faith. Minorities were more than sufficient to turn entire societies into Communist or Nazi tyrannies. The last free elections in eastern Europe after the war gave the communist party only between 10 and 20 per cent of the vote. Hitler took power with the support of one out of three Germans.


In Britain we have our own problems. We have created all sorts of human rights laws and regulators, busy making sure that racial jokes are prohibited and that people who use unpleasant adjectives that "poison" the workplace are hauled up before tribunals. But we seem unable to jail or deport people who incite terrorism - or who incite British people to disregard existing British laws when they conflict with Islamic law. Compromising justice for even the best purpose is a route to be avoided, but if the laws to rid ourselves of radical Islamists such as Sheikh Bakri Muhammad or Abu Hamza are insufficient, surely we could amend them or promulgate new ones without compromising anything?


Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane was roundly censured last week by Muslim organizations when he told them to choose between the "British way" of political dialogue and Islamic terrorism. Some of that outrage, I suppose, comes from those who have a legitimate fear that, if you keep invoking a peril, such as the clash of civilizations, you will make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.


But there is a parallel fallacy and it is that of closing one's eyes to the devil that has already been invoked. The question can be legitimately asked: how many British consuls need to be blown up in Turkey before Britain decides to stop appeasing the devil on its own doorstep?

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JWR contributor Barbara Amiel is a columnist with London's Daily Telegraph, where this column originated. Comment by clicking here.

© 2003, Barbara Amiel