In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Aug. 4, 2014 / 8 Menachem-Av, 5774

Americans Never Want to Go to War

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Amazing to think that this is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the major event that defined all of the 20th Century. Nobody will ever be able to come up with an exact figure, but it is estimated that the total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was well over 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded making it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. The total number of deaths includes about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians.

When World War I began, many Americans were reluctant to join the war. They wanted to avoid involvement in what they figured was just Europe's problem. Most Americans didn't think what was going on in Europe would ever be a threat to the US. The First World War saw a continuation of America's Isolationist policy, Americans didn't want to become involved in foreign affairs which didn't concern them. The US kept out of World War II for similar reasons, but again was compelled to fight after the Japanese bombed Pear Harbor.

America finally joined the war after Germany sank the Lusitania, killing 128 American citizens. In late March, Germany sunk four more U.S. merchant ships, and on April 2nd, President Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany. On April 4th the Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany. Two days later, the House of Representatives endorsed the declaration by a vote of 373 to 50, and America formally entered World War I.

World War I ended with an armistice, not a clear win for either side. The Treaty of Versailles demanded that Germany accept the blame for starting the war and pay reparations for the damage caused by the war. Germany was only allowed to have a small army and six naval ships. No tanks, no air force and no submarines were allowed. The Rhineland area was to be de-militarized. Additionally, land was taken away from Germany and given to other countries. Any union with Austria was forbidden. Germany reluctantly agreed to all this.

The German people were very unhappy about the treaty to put it mildly. People were poor and out of work and angry. The price of food and basic goods was high. People were dissatisfied with the government and voted a man into power who promised to rip up the Treaty of Versailles. His name was Adolf Hitler. World War II was really a continuation of the First World War.

Prior to Pear Harbor, opinion polls showed that most Americans favored giving help to Britain--but did not want to send U.S. troops to fight. Today you hear politicians on both the right and the left repeat the same lines, "Americans are war weary." "America doesn't want to get involved in another war." Well, that's right. Americans have never wanted to wage war. Public opinion throughout American history (including the American Revolution) always favored staying out of wars.

But our elected representatives use the "war weary" line today as an excuse to justify not doing anything whenever a world crisis arises. Historians have argued that had America entered the First World War earlier, it could have saved lives and ended the war sooner. Had we done the job completely then, chances are we never would have had a Hitler come to power, or Stalin who ended up killing, anywhere form 20 to 60 million people under his Communistic regime.

Putting off the inevitable just worsens the situation. And that's where presidential leadership comes in. The case to engage another country has to be made by the president. Americans need to know why there's a need to send American troops into war.

Because once you commit to war, you must be prepared to win that war, which means total defeat and surrender of the enemy. Someone once said that the objective of war is to kill people and break things. That's what war is. It's just that simple.

As much as Americans hate going to war, they cherish their freedom and liberties even more. Whenever a case has been made against evil in this world, Americans have jumped in and fought against it. However, if our leaders can't or won't make a case for defeating evil, Americans will prefer isolationism every time.

President Obama has decided for whatever reason that he will not engage the evil in the world. Putin's Russia, Syria, Hamas, ISIS, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, China, and North Korea are pretty much free to call their own shots. Sadly, Obama's missing in action policy has consequences not only for America but for America's allies.

That means, for the next two years at least, Western and Central Europe is on its own. Ukraine is on its own. Israel is on its own. And freedom-loving Americans are left holding their breath.

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