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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Jan 11, 2012/ 16 Teves, 5772

Rational to bet on the rationality of religious zealots whose backs are to the wall?

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For most Americans, national security policy becomes an important issue only on those fortunately rare occasions --such as Pearl Harbor or 9/11 -- when it becomes all important.

One of those rare occasions may be fast approaching.

In November, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iran is going full bore on its nuclear weapons program, and a government-sponsored mob attacked the British embassy in Tehran. So in early December, the U.S. Congress and the European Union passed tough new economic sanctions -- though neither President Barack Obama or the EU have fully implemented them.

Even so, the sanctions -- which, among other things, deny access to U.S. and European markets to firms which do business with Iranian banks -- are hurting Iran badly. In the last month, the Iranian rial has declined in value by more than 25 percent against both the dollar and the euro.

This means Iran must pay much more for what it imports. The price of food staples has increased 40 percent in recent months, Reuters reported Jan. 2.

Oil production is down, due to an embargo-generated decline in foreign investment, Iran's deputy oil minister admitted Dec. 20. Sales of oil account for 60 percent of Iran's income. Sales would decline much further if sanctions are imposed on Iran's oil exports.

If that happens, Iran will shut down the Strait of Hormuz, Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi threatened Dec. 27. Closing the Persian Gulf to oil tankers would be "easier than drinking a glass of water," Iran's naval commander boasted the next day.

Iran claimed on Jan. 2 to have tested successfully two new long range missiles, but the tests appear to have been faked.

On Jan. 3, Iran's army chief threatened to attack the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis if it returned to the Persian Gulf.

"I advise, recommend and warn them over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once," said Major General Ataollah Salehi.

Nearly 20 percent of the world's oil supplies pass through the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 21 miles wide at its narrowest point. If the Strait were closed to tanker traffic, experts think gasoline prices would jump north of $5 a gallon, and the odds of a world-wide hair curling depression could approach 90 percent.

Can Iran close the Strait? Would the mullahs actually do it? Or are they just bluffing?

The U.S. Navy is confident it can keep the Strait open. Most military experts agree. During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), both Iran and Iraq tried to shut down shipping in the Gulf, without much success.

But Iran doesn't need to close the Strait to cause severe economic harm, Jim Lacey, who teaches strategy at the Marine Corps War College, reminds us. All the mullahs have to do is to make it so risky for oil tankers insurance companies yank their coverage.

So the key question is whether the mullahs are bluffing. The Obama administration thinks their threats are just bluster. Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria, a liberal, agrees. It would be madness for Iran to close the Strait, he said, because that would shut down Iran's oil exports and imports too, which would totally crash their economy.

Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations, a conservative, also thinks they're bluffing. The mullahs must realize that "by initiating hostilities they risk American retaliation against their most prized asset -- their covert nuclear weapons program," he said.

But it may not be rational to bet on the rationality of religious zealots whose backs are to the wall.

"Everything Iran's leaders have said and done for 30 years suggests that the mullahs are driven by an Islamic vision of a Muslim nation at war with infidels," noted Bruce Thornton of the Hoover Institution.

Wars are started most often by leaders who think their time is ebbing away. Iran is imploding demographically as well as economically. Soon, "the Islamic world will have the same proportion of dependent elderly as the industrial countries -- but one tenth the productivity," noted David Goldman in his new book, "How Civilizations Die."

This is "a time bomb that cannot be defused," of which the mullahs are well aware. Demographic decline makes them more dangerous, Mr. Goldman said, "for in their despair, radical Muslims who can already taste the ruin of their culture believe that they have nothing to lose."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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