In this issue

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 April 6, 2009 / 12 Nisan 5769

The limits of ‘dialog’

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All of us are brothers under the skin. All of we humans (except, of course, for conservatives and AIG executives) have good hearts and want basically the same things. Disputes between nations and cultures are chiefly the result of miscommunication and can be resolved by compromise, concession and "dialog."

That's a pleasant thing to believe, and many Americans — mostly wealthy liberals who've led sheltered lives — believe it. But to sustain the belief requires a stupendous ignorance of history, whose blood-soaked pages reveal that more disputes between nations and cultures have been driven by greed, envy and religious zealotry than by miscommunication.

"War start from Adam when Cain he killed Abel until now," said Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, once al-Qaida's No. 3, as he confessed proudly last month his role in planning the 9/11 attacks and 30 others. "It's never gonna stop killing of people. This is life."

Khalid Sheikh Muhammad is proud of killing Americans, including women and children, because he believes American freedoms (we let little girls go to school and don't cover their mothers with black sacks) are an offense to his religion. If he were free to do so, he would kill more. More than 60 of the lesser fish released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay already have rejoined the jihad against the "Great Satan."

It's uncomfortable to realize there are people in the world who want to kill you just because you are different from them, and will do so unless you kill them first. But there are many people in the world like Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, and always have been.

Khalid Sheikh Muhammad and most of his colleagues are not only willing to die for their twisted cause, they are eager to do so, because they are convinced that the more covered they are with the blood of infidels, the greater the rewards Allah will have for them in paradise.

But others who wish us ill, or who want to take from us what we have, are less eager to see what the next world has to offer. They can be dissuaded from murder and theft if they perceive the cost to themselves for attacking us is too great. "Si vis pacem, para bellum" (if you want peace, prepare for war), said the Roman military historian Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.

With other than religious zealots, negotiation is often possible. But "dialog" usually produces satisfactory results only when you hold a strong hand and make it clear to your adversary that you're willing to play it. "Diplomacy without force is like music without instruments," said Frederick the Great, Prussia's warrior king (1712-1786).

But the fantasy that there is no problem that can't be solved by "dialog" has sent the Obama administration in search of something harder to find than a unicorn, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or an Obama administration nominee who pays his or her taxes.

"President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban," The New York Tines reported March 7. A few days later, Vice President Joe Biden said that as many as 95 percent of the Taliban may fall into the "moderate" category.

There are important distinctions between al-Qaida and the Taliban, but there are no "moderate" Taliban, at least according to the Taliban: "They have to go and find the moderate Taliban, their leader and speak to them," Zabahullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters Tuesday. "This is a lunatic idea."

We ought not to deal with the devil, because the devil never keeps his word. And this particular devil doesn't want to deal.

Mr. Mujahid told Reuters that the only way for the war in Afghanistan to end is for all foreign troops to withdraw.

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