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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 March 22 , 2012/ 28 Adar, 5772

Appeasement in fast time

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air." --Margaret Thatcher

It's not just Pyongyang's repeated promises that have proven worthless but Washington's. Each time an agreement is reached with North Korea's latest Kim -- preparatory to its being breached, of course -- our State Department assures the American people and our increasingly nervous allies in Asia that this time, honest, Boy Scout's honor and fingers crossed, we really, really mean it.

And then Washington caves.

Whereupon the North Koreans set off another nuclear explosion, sink another South Korean vessel, or attack another South Korean village, and/or test another missile. The same rules apply whether the American government is headed by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama at the time. Who says American foreign policy is inconsistent? In this case, it's been an utterly consistent, abject failure.

Appeasement usually is. What's oft forgotten is that it takes two to play this loser's game, and Washington is as much to blame as Pyongyang. No matter what the State Department's oh-so-sincere spokesmen are saying at the moment. Just a few months ago -- last October -- one of its flacks solemnly assured a U.S. senator that "any engagement with North Korea will not be used as a mechanism to funnel financial or other rewards to Pyongyang."

Of course that is precisely what has happened. Again. To quote John Bolton, who was dropped as our ambassador to the United Nations because he insisted on telling some unpleasant truths, "We are simply feeding young Kim's dictatorship."

Even before our generous bribe -- in the form of 240,000 tons of foodstuffs this time -- has arrived in North Korea, its new but somehow very familiar dictator has announced he won't be following through on his part of the deal. He was supposed to suspend his nuclear-weapons program, complete with missile tests, but of course he's decided not to. In record time. The deal hasn't even been consummated yet, and he's reneged on it. That was fast. As fast one of those errant neutrinos we were told not long ago had arrived at its destination before leaving its point of origin. Impressive.

Kim Jong Un not only looks like dear old dad, but follows his father's negotiating strategy: Promise 'em anything, just don't deliver. The late and unlamented Kim Jong Il used to take our food (and fuel and fertilizer, too) but never get around to keeping the promises he'd made in return.

This dance is so old, you'd think everybody would know the steps by now:

(1) Disaster strikes North Korea, natural or leader-made.

(2) The world responds generously, asking only that North Korea stop building nukes in return.

(3) Sure, the regime says.

(4) The aid is delivered, much of it going directly to North Korea's military and party elite. (5) Pyongyang goes right on building its nukes -- and now a system to deliver them long-distance, too.

Kim Jong Il may no longer be with us, but Junior follows the familiar script with filial loyalty. North Korea demanded the hundreds of thousands of tons of food and supplies just last month -- and promised to shut down its nuclear program and missile tests in exchange. The usual naifs cheered the great change in Pyongyang, saying this Kim was going to be different from all the others. He's not. Just quicker.

To much fanfare, North Korea now has announced that it would be putting an "observation satellite" in space next month. That's a euphemism for testing a long-range missile capable of delivering the North's new nukes across oceans or continents. Like an express to California.

But there is indeed a new North Korea. In the past, when daddy was in charge, the North Korean regime would wait until after it had received the bribe before going back on its word. But when this "new" regime announced last week it would be shooting stuff into the sky, the 240,000 tons of food hadn't even arrived yet.

No, no, no, Li'l Kim. You're not playing the game in the accepted sequence. First you get the aid. Then you renege.

Could it be that the newest Kim is just none too bright? Unlikely. It's just that our diplomats are as dumb and gullible as ever. Lucy keeps snatching the football at the last minute, but innocent Charlie Brown never learns. Only this time our North Korean friends didn't wait long to take away the bait. They did it almost immediately.

Same old routine, only revved up. Why bother with time-consuming delays? No fuss, no muss, no more pretending to be Mr. Nice Guy. Why waste time? Being suckered has never been so easy. And so fast.

It's a game as as old as appeasement and the same rules still apply. They haven't changed since Herr Hitler and Mister Chamberlain used to play it back in the '30s. The more the West gave, the more was demanded -- and taken.

It's the kind of game any number can play. It's easy to learn. Iran's mullahs have mastered its basic lesson: Develop your own nuke and you'll be invincible. Then nobody can or will see to it that you carry out your agreements. The rest of the world will pretend you're peace-loving even while you're threatening your neighbors, exporting the technology necessary to build nuclear weapons, and sponsoring terrorism worldwide.

This latest betrayal on the latest Kim's part is so blatant it has even elicited an expression of "concern" from his regime's Big Brother in Beijing. But we all know how much such concern on the part of another Communist dictatorship. It's just a substitute for actually doing something about the developing threat.

Yes, there have been plenty of words directed at this rogue regime -- but Washington seems to have long forgotten that actions speak louder.

When all of England was cheering Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" after still another ally had been sold out at Munich in 1938, a voice in the wilderness was heard over the cheers and applause. Winston Churchill, M.P., could see there was nothing to celebrate and much to lament. He called what had happened at Munich "a disaster of the first magnitude," and warned, all too presciently: "This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time."

The taste of that bitter cup should be familiar by now, even as Barack Obama celebrates his great contributions to peace in our own time by slashing the military budget.

It's an old, old story, and an old, old lesson. It goes all the way back to Ethelred the Unready, whose follies were chronicled in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, which concluded: "All these calamities fell upon us because of evil counsel . . ." And because of those who followed it.

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