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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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 August 28, 2008 / 27 Menachem-Av 5768

Two-thirds into the Year of the Rat And how Kosovo will get Israel nuked

By Julia Gorin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Every 12 years, the Year of the Rat returns. According to the Chinese calendar, 2008 is the Year of the Rat, and if one looks up what a Rat year signifies, one finds, simply, "Chaos". Indeed, this Year of the Rat has seen the Olympics hosted by China itself - further legitimized by an American president's insistence on taking the unprecedented step of attending an out-of-country opening ceremony. The commu-fascist nature of Red China was on proud display during that ceremony, demonstrating a precision by every performer marching to the same beat to almost superhuman perfection. China's unaborted women and girls were featured prominently (though not seven-year-old singer Yang Peiyi, because of her imperfect teeth).

As many have pointed out, the 2008 Olympics abomination we've witnessed — in China's preparation for which young Chinese gymnasts were beaten in training; peoples' homes were demolished (prison and beatings for those who requested compensation or protested); human rights activists were arrested, broadcasts and websites blocked, journalists denied access, and UK athletes initially forced to sign a gag order against making any political statements or even telling their colleagues of any mistreatment they may witness, much less emailing or blogging about it -- has happened before. The year was 1936, when the Olympics were held in Nazi Germany, and the English football team was ordered to give a Nazi salute in Berlin. (This year, the American team wore communist Red out of "respect" for the host country.) A quick calculation reveals that, like 2008, 1936 was the Year of the Rat. And we know what chaos it brought on.

This Year of the Rat also happens to be an election year, one in which we witnessed the most chaotic primary season in recent election history -- with no one knowing for the longest time who would be the presumptive Democratic nominee. And yet, amid the chaotic events of the Rat's year, the U.S. presidential campaign seems comparatively the least newsworthy item. Let's recall that the year began with still another great act of appeasement, its enormity amplified by the tininess of the territory in question. In February the U.S. and major European powers rewarded with a second state separatists who used terrorism throughout the 1980s and 90s to wrest a chunk of land from the host society it belonged to. This was the Kosovo giveaway — executed at gunpoint (Albanians threaten the West and the West threatens the Serbs)--whose predicted repercussions the world is only starting to witness on a grand scale as Russia utilizes the clear precedent in the first flare-up of many that will follow--in South Ossetia. It was not lost on the Czech Republic that its reluctant decision to recognize Kosovo "independence"--after succumbing to U.S. and EU pressure-took place on the territory of the former Sudetenland.

In another stunning historical parallel, John McCain's statement calling on the U.S. and EU to bless the illegal land grab was prepared for a February security conference in Munich. While the campaigning Democratic candidates at the time likewise expressed support for the land grab, John McCain was on board from a time before Americans had ever heard the word Kosovo, helping to get the Kosovo Liberation Army terrorists armed by the U.S. and even pressuring Bill Clinton to send in ground troops to kill Christians on behalf of Muslims falsely claiming genocide. (Fortunately, Clinton knew better than to imperil American lives in a war that he knew was fictitious but he needed desperately.) In a cosmic coincidence, 72-year-old John McCain was himself born in the Year of the Rat -- specifically 1936, the year the world bestowed the Olympics upon Hitler's Germany -- and his ascent is taking place the year the world bestowed the Olympics upon Red China, took away Kosovo from the Nazis' bitterest enemy Serbia, and restarted the Cold War.

At an equidistant point between 1936 and 2008, Rat year 1972, the Olympics were held in Munich, and the world watched as Jews were once again slaughtered in Germany, this time by eight Palestinian terrorists who killed 11 members of the Israeli teams. After a day's break from competitions, the IOC declared that the show must go on, and the following month Germany released the three terrorists who remained alive.

Today, not only is the Bush administration no longer talking about striking Iran, but while it publicly defends Israel's right to make its own decision about a preventive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, it privately has been telling the Jewish state to back off. When South Ossetia blew, the administration's precarious position was underscored, with many voices advising that the U.S. can't have it all, especially since it needs Russia's influence in Iran. As one UN diplomat quoted by the NY Times said, "If someone went to the Russians and said, 'OK, Kosovo for Iran,' we'd have a deal." But so wedded are we to promoting expansionist Islam in the Balkans that we have jeopardized even the Russia-assisted path with Iran, quite possibly enabling an attack against Israel.

Reportedly at the 1972 Munich Olympics, some partying American athletes innocently helped the Palestinian terrorists scale the wall into the yard with the building where the Israelis were lodging. An equally blurry-eyed America could easily, but far less innocently, repeat the mistake. The Munich surrender that 1936 enabled got millions of Jews, gays, Serbs, gypsies and dissidents incinerated. The Munich of 1972 repeated the Jewish part of that and just as soon forgot it. The long-brewing Munich-style surrender of 2008 in Kosovo — and the further appeasing of Islamic interests because of our insistence on it--may well get the Jews nuked. The Year of the Rat is not through.

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