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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 April 9, 2013/ 29 Nissan, 5773

The perils of blinksmanship

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Fat and obnoxious though he may be, Kim Jong-un, like his father and grandfather, is no slouch at blinksmanship. The point of the high-stakes game is to see who blinks first. Did America just blink?

Chuck Hagel, the new secretary of defense, postponed tests of a new intercontinental missile, scheduled for this week, because the United States doesn't want to "exacerbate the crisis with North Korea." The State Department, and now the Pentagon under Mr. Hagel, wants to project sobriety, dignity and reluctance to shout. The Pentagon can test the missile later.

No harm, no foul, and there's obviously no urgency to get the new missile tested and installed in the American inventory. We've got a lot of missiles already. Lowering the decibel count is nearly always a good thing to do.

But if, as everybody in Washington agrees (for once), all the bombast and bluster coming from Pyongyang is just noise, meant only to play the blinksmanship game, it's still important to make sure the noisemakers in North Korea don't win that game, either. The North Koreans calibrate these things carefully, and measure the response closely.

All the sobriety, dignity and reluctance to raise the president's voice has not so far impressed anyone in Pyongyang. Bill Clinton said the United States would not tolerate a nuclear North Korea. George W. Bush said the United States would not tolerate a nuclear North Korea. Barack Obama said the United States would not tolerate a nuclear North Korea.

Big talk, but now the United States is tolerating a nuclear North Korea, where lip-reading clearly frightens no one. Who can blame Kim, or whoever is pulling his strings, for thinking that Washington is prepared to tolerate a lot?

Anyone who understands anything about the Koreans knows they're a tough-minded people, who respect an adversary who stands up tall and have little regard for someone who is easily pushed around — or even allows himself to appear to be pushed around. In 2006, when Pyongyang prepared to test an ICBM, two prominent Democrats, William Perry, a former defense secretary, and Ashton Carter, a Harvard (!) professor who is now the deputy defense secretary in the Obama administration, urged George W. to destroy the missile on its launch pad. He declined, the missile blew up less than a minute into the launch, and the North Koreans went back to work on both their missiles and a nuclear weapon. Counting on the missile blowing up every time is not necessarily a smart strategy.

The smart strategy this time, certain officials tell the New York Times, is something called "counterprovocation," or immediate "response in kind," to impress Pyongyang that Washington and Seoul mean business. Punishment will be swift, and in kind. Such responses can range from a strongly worded protest letter to the editor to unleashing an artillery barrage on a North Korean target.

Kim Jong-un — loosely translated to "Kim the young 'un" — toned down his imaginative and colorful threats over the weekend and Western analysts relaxed to ponder over who might be pulling his strings. British analysts who talked to the London Daily Telegraph suggest it's Kim's 66-year-old aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, and her husband, Jang Sung-taek, also 66. Miss Kim was the daughter of Kim il-Sung, regarded now as "the eternal president," and she and her husband were recruited by the Kim Jong-un's father to smooth the way for his ascent and to clean him up and make him presentable. Her husband is the vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and is the key link to North Korea's patrons in Beijing.

They appeared with the Supreme Leader last month at a session of the central committee of the Workers Party, aunt and uncle seated on each side of him, and led the applause when he promised to maintain nuclear weapons as "the nation's life treasure." Kim loosed the fiery rhetoric the following week. Auntie is thought to have ordered the photograph and video footage of her nephew firing a pistol during a target practice.

The aunt disappeared in 2003 and reappeared three years ago, appearing to be more powerful than ever. She is a four-star general in the people's army, and owns, among other things, the only hamburger restaurant in Pyongyang (where the menu carefully avoids any suggestion of anything American, referring to the burger as "minced meat and bread").

"Is this a crisis or a Kim-style kabuki?" asks Gordon Chang, author of a new book, "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World." He thinks the world will get a hint next week, on the birthday of Eternal President Kim il-Sung, about whether the grandson's regime is all bark and no bite. But crisis or kabuki, nobody's any longer laughing. A clown with an A-bomb is nothing to laugh at.

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