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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 May 10, 2010 / 26 Iyar 5770

The Blather File

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is a bank of television sets out in the newsroom here at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. All three sets seem to be on all the time, except perhaps Sundays, holidays and in the dead of night. It's the visual equivalent of a tale told by an idiot, or rather three of them, signifying nothing. Mercifully, the sound is usually off as one meaningless segment of "news" follows another.

But the other day, a familiar figure appeared on the tube in triplicate: the former first lady of Arkansas and current head of the U.S. State Department -- Hillary Rodham Clinton herself. She looked well, I was happy to note, and seemed to be addressing some meeting or other at the United Nations. Then I made the mistake of turning on the sound, and realized her subject was the spread of nuclear weapons.

Words detract from such scenes. Without them, one could at least entertain the possibility that some politician on the tube was saying something that might make a difference, even a difference for the better. The Hon. Hillary Clinton was saying something to the effect that it was less important to insist on our rights than to accept our responsibilities....

It was one of those sentences you don't finish listening to. Just another political platitude. You wouldn't want to swallow it any more than you'd want to bite into one of those plastic confections bakers put out for display purposes only.

Apparently our secretary of state was referring to the clear and ever more present danger presented by Iran's growing nuclear capacity. But at this point words aren't likely to make any difference. Since it's an open secret that this administration is prepared to accept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's getting his own nuke, complete with the rockets to deliver it. Even as our leaders strut and fret on the stage, making idle threats and taking up good air time.

It was Harold Macmillan, the last scholar and gentleman we are likely to see at No. 10 Downing, who once observed that a foreign minister is "always poised between a cliché and an indiscretion," which is just where Hillary Clinton finds herself now -- and has to be aware of it. She herself warned that Barack Obama would prove a weak president when she was running against him in the Democratic primaries, but it would be a grave indiscretion for her to admit it now. She, too, must pretend that this country might use force to deny Iran a nuke, but surely no one, least of all Iran's rulers, can believe her.

And she can't believe it, either. For at this stage in her life and career, which may be the same thing to a Hillary Clinton, she has joined what Anthony Powell called The Acceptance World in his great series of novels, "The Music of Time," about the English upper classes as they were slipping from relevance. Whatever her tough talk, she and the administration in general seem to have given giving up any hope of preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East -- for that is just what Iran's nuke or even the prospect of one will set off. This country is going to accept Teheran's having the Bomb, just as Washington has accepted North Korea's nukes.

In years past the most effective nuclear disarmament program in the Middle East has been the Israeli air force, as demonstrated by its obliterating Iraq's and, later, Syria's capacity for developing nuclear weapons. But that was in a different and more vigilant world. Any such initiative on Israel's part now would surely bring more than just the wink and nod that earlier American administrations bestowed on Israeli actions even while issuing purely pro forma protests.

For the Israelis to act against this looming threat, with this administration in power, would be to invite the loss of not just American diplomatic support but Israel's vital supply line to this country.

By now Iran's nuclear arsenal is an all but accomplished fact. For what used to be called the free world is doing little to prevent such an eventuality except make speeches at the United Nations, that great echo chamber of futilities.

This time it was Hillary Clinton's turn to fill the air with blather -- which has never been much of a defense against any danger, let alone a lethal one.

Welcome back to the Thirties. Only with nuclear weapons.

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