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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 28, 2011 / 2 Kislev, 5772

Answers to the Iranian threat

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Please, please, no one wants an attack on Iran by Israel or us or anyone else. Innocent, freedom-yearning Iranians could be killed and the risks would be awful, maybe leading to a Middle East conflagration that puts past ones to shame, and wrecking economies through higher oil prices. It's hard to think of anything worse, but one possibility comes to mind.

That would be a nuclear-armed Iran. We're getting so close that the Obama administration has started denying its failures.

Why, said Tom Donilon, national security adviser, U.S. sanctions under Obama have slowed down Iran's development of nuclear weapons. Maybe. But more slowly or not, evil marches on. Just ask the International Atomic Energy Agency.

It recently stated that Iran is about a year out from a nuclear weapon, with several more to follow soon after that. The report led to tougher sanctions by us, Canada and Britain making it tougher for Iran to do business with foreign banks. While the European Union may soon follow suit, Iran first smiles. Then it yawns. What's to fear? Iran knows it has China and Russia on its side, monetarily and otherwise, and therefore can quite likely get away with murder. Mass murder.

Why would China and Russia be so utterly, totally irresponsible? Because autocratic bully boys like autocratic bully boys? Not exactly, although maintaining a certain balance of power with the West is part of the deal. The bigger part is that Russia can get richer by selling conventional weapons and nuclear reactors to Iran, and that China gets a major portion of its oil from Iran.

Here's what seems to me likely: If China, Russia and the West say flatly to Iran that they will engage in whatever peaceful activities are necessary to stop weapons development — while at the same time assuring peaceful nuclear power development — Iran will pay attention. If it doesn't, toughen the sanctions until it does. War will be averted.

So far, all the United States has persuaded China and Russia to do is agree to a U.N. resolution calling for more aggressive diplomacy, you know, appeal to reason, that sort of thing. In other words, nothing. I think there are all kinds of ways we can apply pressure on these trading partners, much of it with financial risk for us, but that might well be successful in winning their cooperation and thus avoiding the awful, ultimate solution of bombing.

Other steps others suggest are to unleash our oil and natural gas companies to market vast new resources discovered in our own country so we will be less imperiled by Iranian oil cutoffs and give whatever assistance we can to Iranian rebels against the clerical authorities.

Yes, I know what some people, mostly on the left, are saying. If the United States can have nuclear weapons, why can't Iran? If we avoided nuclear war with the Soviet Union through Mutual Assured Destruction, why wouldn't that work with Iran? Wouldn't the ultimate solution of the U.S. or Israel trying to take out their weapons facilities with bombing necessarily be an incomplete action that would alienate even our friends in much of the Middle East while not finally deterring anything?

First off, there is no moral equivalence between us and Iran, and even if there were, this we know: The United States is not going to give nuclear weapons to terrorists; the United States is not going to bomb the United States; we are not going to wipe Israel off the map, giving the world a second Holocaust.

As JWR columnist Clifford D. May of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies reminds us, Iran has been at war with us since it held 52 Americans hostage for more than a year during the Jimmy Carter presidency. Since then, it has aided terrorists or used its own agents to kill American civilians and soldiers.

He notes Iran's leaders are fanatics, which is to say, getting blown off the map might be a way of either earthly or heavenly salvation. Let Iran have nukes, and the rest of the Middle East gets nukes and the whole thing blows up eventually, obviously involving us.

There are other answers.

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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.


Previously:


11/23/11: Failure of the incumbency investment
11/18/11: Occupiers: Chop off their heads!
11/16/11: Obama asks jobless to sacrifice
11/09/11: Michael Moore's insufferable occupation
11/04/11: Political tipping point is coming
11/02/11: Idealogues versus 7 billion
10/28/11: Obama games on student loans
10/26/11: Wit and quick moves v. humanity and thoroughgoing honesty? It's no contest —- or at least shouldn't be
10/07/11: Baptists, bootleggers and Wall Street protesters
10/05/11: Federal law will get you even if you watch out
09/28/11: Leftist bugbears on the march
09/23/11: Still hope for coal to help us
09/21/11: Obama's Madoff ploy
09/19/11: U.S. can't afford to wait until it happens
09/14/11: Defending -- and strengthening -- gung ho collectivism
09/12/11: A pipeline to better times
09/08/11: Obama just keeps destroying jobs
09/06/11: Ultra-feminists thwarting justice
08/31/11: Corporations are people? Yes, Count the ways
08/26/11: What an earthquake tells us about debt
08/25/11: The tyranny of scientific consensus
08/23/11: Fracking hardly a public health threat
08/17/11: Why Obamacare won't control births
08/15/11: Balanced budget amendment unbalanced idea
08/10/11: Kerry's war on citizen speech
08/05/11: Upside to the compromise leaving the door open for obnoxious maneuvers
08/03/11: The people who may save America
07/29/11: On making deals, Obama is no LBJ
07/27/11: The threat behind the debt
07/23/11: Mean opposition to means-testing
07/20/11: Leftist babble makes debt crisis even worse
07/18/11: Time to raise demagoguery ceiling
07/13/11: Obama treating treaties badly
07/08/11: Is decline of U.S. exaggerated?
07/05/11: Not math deficiency, but demagoguery



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