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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 Dec. 1, 2009 / 14 Kislev 5770

The speech we need

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama's much-anticipated speech at West Point Tuesday night constitutes an opportunity with the potential to be as strategically momentous as Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972.  Mr. Obama is in a unique position to tell the truth about the nature of the enemy we confront, not just in Afghanistan but worldwide, and thereby put the effort to defeat that enemy on a sound, coherent and supportable footing.  Will he rise to the occasion?

With a Muslim background and a year-long record of assiduous efforts to cultivate better relations with what he calls the "Muslim world," the incumbent President can exploit the sort of latitude his anti-communist predecessor did thirty-seven years ago with an opening to Red China.  If Mr. Obama's bow to the Saudi monarch, his highly publicized addresses to Muslim audiences in Turkey and Egypt, his efforts to curry favor with the Palestinians and his co-sponsorship with the Organization of the Islamic conference of a resolution limiting free speech are of any positive value, they should afford him the running room to say the following:

"We are at war today not with Islam or certainly with all Muslims.  But Muslims who adhere to the brutally repressive and supremacist theo-political-legal program authoritative Islam calls Shariah are, in accordance with that program, at war with us.  Shariah dictates the triumph of an Islamic theocracy and, to that end, the use where possible of violent jihad.  Where violence is not practicable, more stealthy forms of jihad must be employed.

"That means we confront threats not just from al Qaeda or even from al Qaeda and the Taliban.  To be sure, they are adherents to Shariah, but so are millions of other Muslims elsewhere, including those like Major Nidal Malik Hasan here in the United States.

"As a result, while the dangers posed to us by such folks are evident in Afghanistan - and must guide our actions there - they are not confined to that distant land and its long-suffering people.  We need to increase our military presence in Afghanistan, and will, in accordance with the recommendations put forward by our commander on the ground, General Stanley McChrystal, and the counter-insurgency strategy our administration adopted last March. 

"Our enemies in Afghanistan and those seeking refuge in neighboring Pakistan are on notice that this is not a short-term commitment.  We are determined to ensure that the Afghan people are not condemned to a reprise of the Taliban's reign of terror - and the safe-haven that regime afforded to those who have in the past attacked us.

"But we are under no illusions:  Our civilization and way of life are anathema to those who follow Shariah.  That is not because of what we have done or are doing; it is because of who we are.  Shariah demands the subjugation and destruction of societies like ours that believe in democratic rule, equal rights for women, freedom of speech and other basic liberties, the separation of church and state, etc.

"Thus, we have no choice but to resist the attempted imposition of Shariah, whether through violent or non-violent means.  Under our administration, we will do so comprehensively, at home and abroad.  We will use military power were necessary and the array of other techniques at our disposal to preserve our civilization in the face of a threat that knows no boundaries. 

"Let me be clear:  In so doing, we will reach out at every opportunity to Muslims who wish no more to live under Shariah than do the rest of us.  Such Muslims are our natural allies and we will make common cause with them against our mutual foe. 

"This struggle is the defining one of our time.  If we get it right, the costs - while substantial - will be manageable.  If we get it wrong, they will be unbearably high.

"We call on all nations - Muslim and non-Muslim alike - who face, in due course, the prospect of being subjected to Shariah to join us in this effort.  By so doing, we maximize the chances of preserving both the unique character of such nations and the opportunity for each to express that character in ways that reflect the traditions and values of their respective societies.  This is a goal for which we have, frankly, no choice but to strive."

It is deeply regrettable that the American people and those who love freedom elsewhere around the world have not heard a president of the United States utter such words to date.  That failure has condemned us to the prosecution of open-ended and, at best, inconclusive military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, uninformed by any understanding of what actually animates our enemies. 

From now on, we must recognize the reality that these are but two fronts in a truly global war.  We cannot succeed in either, let alone both, of these theaters - to say nothing of the world-wide conflict more generally - unless we come to grips with the catalytic role being played in that war by Shariah. 

President Barack Obama can draw on his credentials in the Muslim world, just as Richard Nixon did with his anti-communist bona fides in opening relations with the PRC, to redefine and redirect our national efforts to achieve the required victory over Shariah.  Let us all pray he will do so.


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