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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review Nov. 13, 2009 / 26 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Worse than willful blindness

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Major Nidal Malik Hasan has shined a spotlight on the intellectual and moral shortcomings of America's self-anointed elite.

Journalists and Obama administration officials say they are unable to identify a motive for Maj. Hasan's murder spree at Fort Hood. This is much more than a failure to connect the dots. It is like looking westward from Denver on a bright and sunny day, and claiming to be unable to see the Rocky Mountains.

Maj. Hasan produced a pro-jihadi slide show which he inflicted upon his fellow physicians at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He had "SoA," an abbreviation of Soldier of Allah," printed on his business cards. He attended mosques where radicals preached, and he tried to get in touch with al Qaida. As he was gunning down the defenseless soldiers around him, he was heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is great.) His motive couldn't be more clear.

Worse than the willful blindness with regard to his motives were the efforts by some to make excuses for Maj. Hasan's behavior. His feelings might have been hurt because some of those on whom he afflicted is anti-American diatribes did respond well to them. He might have been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, not from any stress that he had suffered, but, as an Army psychiatrist, having listened to veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq who may have been suffering from PTSD.

Please. The real soldiers who actually were in combat did not go on murder sprees, and PTSD would not have excused them if they had.

The Fort Hood massacre was the worst terror attack in the United States since 9/11, but Maj. Hasan was far from the first to suffer from "sudden jihad syndrome." The historian Victor Davis Hanson noted that "on average, in the 98 months since the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, a radical Islamic-inspired terrorist plot has been uncovered every four months."

Some of the attacks have been by lone wolves, as when Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar ran over nine students at the University of North Carolina in March of 2006, or when Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot two soldiers in front of an Army recruiting station in Little Rock last May.

Others have been conspiracies. Daniel Patrick Boyd and Hysen Sherifi were among seven suspects arrested in August for planning an attack on the Marine base in Quantico, Va.

Some of the actual and would be jihadis were immigrants, like Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, Jordanian here illegally, who was arrested in September after planting what he thought were explosives near an office building in Dallas.

Others like Maj. Hasan were naturalized U.S. citizens.

Others, like Mr. Boyd and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (formerly Carlos Bledsoe) were native born Muslim converts.

Some were educated, some not. Some were wealthy, some poor. What they had in common was a radical Islamist ideology and a deep-seated hatred of the United States.

Radical Islam has been at war with us since before 9/11. It is the ideology which is the enemy, whether it is held by a Taliban guerrilla in Afghanistan or by an Army doctor in Bethesda. But President Bush could not or would not articulate this, and President Obama appears not to recognize it. It is comforting to believe only a handful of Muslims in the United States are infected by Islamism, and there is reason to believe this is so.

About 5,000 Muslims serve in the U.S. military. Some, like Capt. Humayan Khan, killed in Iraq in 2004 trying to prevent a suicide bomber from attacking an American compound, have proved their patriotism beyond any shadow of doubt.

But our leaders undercut the genuinely moderate Muslims and endanger the rest of us when they make excuses for Islamists.

It remains to be seen if Maj. Hakim was just a radical Islamist, or a lone wacko who also happened to be a radical Islamist. But it is clear that only gross negligence by his superiors permitted him to be in the position to do so much harm.

"Hasan's radical ideology grew to the point that he committed mass murder because too many leaders were too afraid to lead out of fear of harming their career," wrote Army Maj. Shawn Keller. It's a sad commentary on the Army today that Maj. Keller is more likely to suffer for publicly criticizing the negligent than will those whose negligence resulted in the deaths of 12 soldiers, a contractor and an infant

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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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