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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 Nov. 3, 2003 / 8 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

Paying our enemies to kill us

By Joel Mowbray

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Email this article | In the wake of three U.S. diplomats losing their lives in a terrorist attack on their convoy in the Gaza Strip, Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered powerful remarks, in which he condemned the "heinous acts" and pledged to bring "the murderers to justice."

Too bad the actions of his department fail to live up to his lofty rhetoric.

FBI agents on the ground trying to solve the "heinous acts" are running into resistance — not just from overt terrorist operations but from the U.S.-backed Palestinian Authority, which several administration officials diplomatically describe as being "less than cooperative."

Not even that obstruction, though, seems to have shaken State's misplaced faith in the PA.

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For years now, the State Department has given PA Chairman Yasser Arafat last chance after last chance — but really, there has never been anything "last" about the chances Arafat keeps receiving. Because State continually strives for "stability" — a value-neutral goal — it never wants to risk sudden change, which has resulted in a seemingly endless string of empty threats. Arafat has carefully cultivated a culture of death, and now it has mushroomed into an uncontrollable — and unquenchable — beast.

By all accounts, Arafat is not directly responsible for every terrorist attack that occurs. But though he may not have always ordered attacks, his deliberate decision to allow Hamas and Islamic Jihad — not to mention his own al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade — to continue operations unhindered leaves blood on his hands just the same as if he had. To paraphrase President Bush, there is no distinction between terrorists and the governments that harbor them.

Arafat's "reward" for creating the terrorist network otherwise known as the Palestinian Authority? Some $175 million in direct and indirect aid, according to the State Department, which includes $20 million in cash given to the PA this summer. While some of those funds support legitimate humanitarian efforts, a huge chunk either promotes incitement and indoctrination or is used to maintain Arafat's iron-fisted control over Palestinian society.

In fairness to State, Israel itself resurrected Arafat from Tunisia, where he otherwise would have remained a marginalized former leader. But Israel's stupidity should not excuse our own. And though Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon seems incapable of determining a coherent approach to Arafat, the U.S. should provide necessary leadership to scuttle Arafat instead of clinging to him like a 5-year-old clutching a security blanket.

And State should be leading the charge to dismantle the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure.

If the convoy bombing were the first attempt to target U.S. officials, State's caution might make sense. But it's not.

On April 29, two young Arab men intent on killing innocent civilians headed to Mike's Place, a bar located on the Mediterranean waterfront in Tel Aviv - and more significantly, right next to the U.S. Embassy. It is also the known hangout for U.S. employees, including many who work for the State Department. So when one of the two young men successfully detonated himself — barely 20 yards from the embassy guard — it was an attack against the United States.

The attack on Mike's Place, which claimed the lives of three innocents, was not the first attempt to strike a target within a stone's throw of the embassy. Several months earlier, a would-be suicide bomber was thwarted as he tried to commit mass murder at a cafe next to the embassy — just on the other side from Mike's Place.

In all, more than 50 Americans have been killed in the region since the start of the intifada. Yet U.S. taxpayer money keeps flowing into the West Bank and Gaza — literally going into blood-covered hands.

Of course the president deserves criticism for continuing to deal with Arafat, but the real mystery is why has State not seen the light? It's not that State's diplomats don't care about the murder of three colleagues — they do — but their obsession with stability prevents them from facing the painfully obvious reality. And not even multiple attempts to kill U.S. officials will deter State from seeking "stability."

But as anyone who has lived under the thumb of a tyrant can attest, "stability" simply means more of the same. And with Palestinian terrorists repeatedly targeting Americans, "stability" is simply not acceptable.

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JWR contributor Joel Mowbray is the author of "Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Endangers America's Security". (Click HERE to purchae. Sales help fund JWR) Comment by clicking here.

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