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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

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 Nov. 26, 2010 / 19 Kislev, 5771

Wild, crazy guys and sheeps for shearing

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Extortion" is an ugly word to describe an ugly art, and nobody is better at extortion than those wild and crazy guys in Pyongyang. But who's crazier than foolish marks who fall all over themselves to submit, like sheep for shearing, to an extortionist's evil scheme?

It's comforting, in a weird and wasteful way, to regard the latest provocation, the deliberate North Korean shelling of civilian homes on an island off South Korea, as merely more mayhem from madmen. This followed the unprovoked sinking of a South Korean gunboat in March, killing 46 officers and sailors, leaving only tut-tutting in the wake of the attack. But there's method in the wild, crazy madness.

The wild and crazy guys have been taught that the West, and the United States in particular, is terrified of a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons, but even more terrified of doing anything much about it. The usual suspects from the United Nations were invited in earlier this month to look at a new nuclear reactor and a factory to enrich the uranium necessary for nuclear weapons, and the experts duly reported to the U.N. Security Council that Pyongyang continues to send ever more salesmen to Burma, Syria and Iran to unload nuclear weapons technology to eager rogues who are up to no good.

George W. Bush was merrily mocked for his description of North Koreaas the third member of an "axis of evil," evil being a concept that wise and wonderful modern man has discarded, like the idea that the Earth is flat, but there's no mockery in Pyongyang, only gleeful celebration. "The size and scope of the North's just-revealed facilities will not surprise anyone except those still entranced that North Korea will voluntarily negotiate away its nuclear weapons," says John R. Bolton, the forme rU.S. ambassador to the U.N., writing in the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Bolton, drawing on considerable experience in dealing with wild and crazy guys at the U.N., urges President Obama and his wise men to shun the temptation to offer North Korea more of the soothing syrup that has so spectacularly failed to soothe anyone. The last thing Washington should do now, he says, is to revive "the six-party talks," the gabfest of diplomats from the United States, Japan, China, Russia and the two Koreas that turned out to be the usual diplomatic exercise in gas-baggery, noise signifying nothing but more noise.

The latest revelations of mischief and misfortune afoot in North Korea can't surprise anyone. It's only more of the evidence that North Korea is determined to achieve celebrity as top troublemaker of the world. Wild and crazy guys only want to dance with the stars. Evidence of evil is brushed aside by the pundits, academics and policymakers who cling to the notion that North Korea will go away if only the West will invite everybody to dinner and sing all five verses of "Kumbaya." Kim Jong-il, sick unto the death as he well may be, only wants to buy the world a Coke.

Jimmy Carter, who didn't understand much when he was in the White House, thinks he knows what's driving the wild and crazy guys. There's really no such thing as a bad boy, after all, and it's entirely possible that the North Koreans are sinking their neighbors' boats, shelling civilians on remote South Korean islands and building weapons of mass destruction because all they want is a little respect. "Pyongyang has sent a consistent message that … it is ready to conclude an agreement to end its nuclear programs," Mr. Carter writes in The Washington Post. "… we should consider responding to this offer."

Consistent inconsistency is the essence of diplo-talk, after all. When rogues break agreements it's no big deal; it's easy to replace a broken agreement with another agreement to be broken. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were patient with North Korea to the point of indulgence, and President Obama is no doubt tempted to pursue timidity as a strategy. He has applied some financial pressure and deserves credit if not yet applause, but now must warn China that it has to apply the boot to the North Korean butt, the only pressure that wild and crazy guys understand. Confronting the banker who holds the mortgage on the farm is not easy, but Mr. Obama must make sure China understands that America and the West won't tolerate North Korea as the nuclear arms merchant to the rogue world. And after that there's Iran …

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