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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 Sept. 10, 2013/ 6 Tishrei, 5774

Onward to ... drift! Or: On waging war by committee

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The young bodies wrapped in white linen winding sheets. Dozens of them. No blood, no sweat, no tears. Not a mark on them. Completely unmarred, just as God made them. Still lifes. The expression on their young faces almost angelic. Not at all like the jumbled masses of naked victims piled high in the Nazi death camps, their expressions still those of (barely) recognizable human beings writhing in agony, still clinging to each other, the men, women and children. They were told they were being taken for showers. But not these latest victims of modern, oh-so-antiseptic science. These bodies have everything. Except life.

It is a sad and shocking sight. If the world were paying any attention instead of just uttering the usual pious platitudes, or in the case of the distinguished Russia and Chinese diplomats at the United Nations, wondering in all their usual innocence who could have done this. As if they -- and the rest of an uncaring world -- were not accomplices, either active or passive, to what has been happening in one more vivisected country.

Who says the 20th century is past? Its worst features are still very much with us in the 21st. Sad as the sight of these bodies may be, sadder still is the world's apathy in the face of evil, wrapped as usual in the empty rhetoric of "statesmen."

Saddest of all is the sight, and unending sound, of all these Deep Thinkers still proclaiming that this is none of our business. Congress seems full of politicians so consumed by their own partisan prejudices that they aren't prepared to do anything a president from the other party requests.

We've seen, and heard, all this before. Back in the years after September 11, 2001, the kneejerk critics of George W. Bush, still bitter after an election campaign that finally, finally had to be ended by nothing short of a Supreme Court decision, rattled on for years about how all this had really been his fault. Never mind that bunch called al-Qaida or its enablers throughout the Islamic world. Somehow they were all reduced to just incidental bystanders.

Now it's Barack Obama who tries to rally the country to actually do something about the continuing horror in Syria (at last!), even if it's something only minimal, even if it's only a few missiles dispatched as a gesture, and he finds that, for a lot of Americans, politics doesn't end at the water's edge after all. And that war, to parody Clausewitz, is only a continuation of partisan politics by other means.

The spirit of American isolationism is not only still with us but enjoying a dangerous resurgence. Once upon a time it was the Lindberghs and even the Robert A. Tafts who were so consumed by their antipathy to That Man, aka Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal, that they fought every effort to bolster the Allied cause, and that of human decency, during the fateful 1930s. Whether it was Lend-Lease abroad or an almost too late national draft at home -- just a year before Pearl Harbor -- they were agin it.

The isolationists in Congress extended clear across the political spectrum -- from right to left, from the Tafts to the LaFollettes. And their counsel could not have been more simple -- or more wrong. If we just ignored what was happening in the world, surely it would all go away. It didn't. It never does.

Now, in place of the Tafts we get the Rand Pauls in the Senate. It is not an improvement. Our president himself made full use of the old isolationist appeal when he was only a senator, and it has taken him years to finally come around to doing something about the unending bloodbath in Syria -- and the danger it represents far beyond Syria. Even something minimal.

Now he assures us there will be no wider war, no "boots on the ground," no complications at all if we go to war. At least that is what his spokesmen tell wavering members of Congress. As if war could be waged guaranteed risk-free. As if the dogs of war, once unleashed, are as easily controlled as John Kerry, our new but somehow all too familiar secretary of state, keeps assuring Congress.

Granted, the current president of the United States and commander-in-chief of its armed forces is anything but a commanding figure. A former secretary of defense once observed that you go to war with the army you have -- as if he himself had not played a sad role in its not being sufficiently prepared for war. In this case, you go to war with the president you have, and the country has only one of those at a time. Whatever one thinks of this president's politics, there are more important things to consider just now, like the fate of the country and the world. And simple humanity.

Meanwhile, the usual ditherers in Congress, at the United Nations, and in the serried ranks of the country's certified punditry, counsel: Do nothing. Much like the isolationists of old. The new ones don't seem to have learned a thing.

C.S. Lewis said it: "The greatest evil is not done now in those sordid 'dens of crime' that Dickens loved to paint. It is not even done in concentration and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice." And the only thing necessary to assure the triumph of that evil, as Edmund Burke warned long ago, is that good men do nothing.

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