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December 2, 2014

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 December 17, 2013/ 14 Teves, 5774

The empire strikes back

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The evil empire, Ronald Reagan called it when Détente was in fashion and it was not done to call things by their right names. The tyrant might be offended, and his rage could prove almost as effective back then as the left's fashionable condescension. It was enough to call an aging B-movie actor with presidential pretensions a radical to dismiss him. That way, when he said the obvious, he could be ignored instead of answered.

By the 1970s, Radical had become, as it still is, a term of opprobrium -- unanswerable, undeniable, unrefutable. That settled the matter. As if truth is not always radical, much as it offends the superficially sophisticated, the bien pensant, the right-thinking. Or rather, back in the era of Nixon, Ford, Carter and Malaise, the left-thinking.

Those days are far from gone. Indeed, they're coming back strong. The old evil empire may be gone, but it takes new shape under new management. And it waxes strong without a leader of the free world to call its bluff.

Leader of the Free World -- remember when that was a synonym for president of the United States? Now the title can be used only ironically. What a dated reference it has become as this president "resets" relations with Moscow, first abandoning old allies in Eastern Europe and now subletting American foreign policy in the Middle East to a not so former KGB agent, that is, thug.

But those aren't observations the diplomatic will make, and if American leadership is anything these days, it is diplomatic to a (severe) fault.

Vladimir Putin is putting the old empire back together again, still evil but with all-new styling. Like the engine of an old Soviet T-10 tank installed in a body designed by Ferrari. This shadow Soviet Union no longer uses troops to enforce its way on satellites but economic pressure, like oil and gas contracts. Which can be much more effective. The evil empire may be as evil as ever and its ends just as ruthless, but its means are more subtle.

It's the same old empire but in a new version. Naturally the new model can no longer be called a Union of Soviet Socialist "Republics," that name having acquired a certain odium. So now the old empire is called a "customs union," but its essence remains the same: Moscow gives the orders and its satellites had better obey. Just as its subjects at home do when Tsar Vladimir tightens his autocratic grip, shuts down the press, rigs his re-elections, and in effect becomes president-for-life with all the outward grace and inner brutality of a typical Latin American caudillo. The more tyrannies change, the more they remain the same.



But if the evil empire is still there, waxing strong again with this administration's eager cooperation, the captive nations are still restive, too, if more abandoned than ever by the West's elites.

The latest case in point: Ukraine, formerly known as the Ukraine when it was only a subdivision of the Communist czardom in Moscow. Hundreds of thousands of protesters now gather almost daily in the middle of Kiev, capital of the first and oldest Russian state before the Mongols destroyed it and everything else in their path centuries ago.

Last weekend, old Kiev was new again as the crowds toppled a statue of Lenin in its Independence Square. What? There was still a statue of Lenin somewhere in the old Soviet Union to be toppled this late after the supposed demise of that empire?

Well, there was. And now it's gone, but not in spirit. Moscow still keeps a tight rein on the keystone of its old empire, and was mightily offended when the Ukrainians were about to conclude a trade agreement with the European Union. How dare they leave the Soviet -- excuse me, Russian -- sphere of influence! What do they think they are -- free and independent?

The more Russia changes, the more it remains schizoid, pulled this way and then that, first by its Westernizers and then its Slavophiles, a tug of war that's been going on at least since Peter and Catherine ruled. Captive nations caught in the middle, like the Ukrainians, can't be sure which way to turn. There's no use looking to the West for help, at least not now in the Age of Obama. Both the Europeans and Americans now draw back, afraid to antagonize The Bear, which has emerged from hibernation sullen and hungry again.

Europe has just dispatched the Baronness Ashton of Upholland, aka Catherine Ashton, its high Representative for foreign affairs and security policy -- that is, appeasement -- to soothe things over in Kiev. Doubtless she will, having just understudied John Kerry at the latest Geneva Conference, where Iran's mullahs were suitably propitiated. And may stay that way till they get within a hair's breadth of having their Bomb.

As for those of us so gauche as to notice this latest Decline of the West, the appeasers have a standard response à la Ring Lardner. Shut up, they explain.

But we won't. Keep the faith: One day the West will reawaken. Let's just hope it's not too late. And that the wake-up call won't come in the form of a "surprise" attack, like North Korea's invasion of the South back on June 25, 1950, or take the shape of a mushroom cloud. Edmund Burke said it long ago: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

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