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

Shutting Down Guantanamo Makes No Common Sense

By Heather Robinson

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration's national security policies, including holding "hard core" terror suspects at the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Cheney's warning that granting rights to, and possibly releasing, hard-core terror suspects would be a mistake comes on the heels of President Obama's announcement that he plans to shut down Gitmo-a decision a majority of Americans disagree with, for good reason.

Americans are a people of common sense. And shutting down Gitmo doesn't seem to make very much.

Although the President has already made the decision, it remains to be seen what its ramifications will be.

High-minded arguments about civil liberties aside, the evidence suggests that the U.S. has, if anything, erred on the side of too much liberalism in its handling of the detainees at Guantanamo. And that high-mindedness has cost innocent lives.

Of those inmates released during the Bush years, at least 61 have returned to the fight. Last month it emerged that one of them, Said Al-Shihri, has become al Qaeda's number two man in Yemen, and is thought to have been involved in the September, 2008 bombing of the U.S. embassy there. That bombing killed ten innocent people, including guards and civilians waiting outside the embassy. Al Shihri is thought to have participated in this violence after the U.S. released him from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia, where he attended a Saudi "rehabilitation program" for jihadists.

Rehab? For terrorists? Maybe it's time we realized these are hard core enemy combatants, not Hollywood starlets with a taste for Valium.

Gitmo's most hysterical detractors paint a picture of the facility as the nexus of Dick Cheney's evil Death Star, a place where torture is taking place and people disappear, never to be heard from again. That description could aptly describe facilities in Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein, but not Guantanamo.

With all the emotion surrounding Gitmo, few people actually pay attention to the facts about what actually goes on there. Inmates have clean rooms, excellent medical care, access to books and writing materials, and decent meals that provide 4,000 calories a day. They receive visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as consultations with their attorneys.

Each detainee gets to appear yearly before an administrative review board comprised of three military officers. With the aid of their attorneys, detainees can present evidence to argue for their release or relocation. As of last month, a cumulative total of 520 detainees had been relocated or released as a result of this process--far more than the 250 currently being held, whom the Department of Homeland Security describes as "dangerous men" and "enemy combatants [who] represent a threat to the U.S. or our allies."

The reality is, shutting down Gitmo will usher in a raft of legal complications that will likely result in the release of some hard core detainees, according to Brooke Goldstein, an attorney and director of the Legal Project for Daniel Pipes' Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank dedicated to promoting U.S. interests in the mideast.

"If Guantanamo prisoners are moved to a domestic prison, they will be subject to U.S. law and will be afforded the same rights and constitutional protections of an American citizen," Goldstein said. "Based on the succession of past cases, it is certain that after they are tried in the U.S., some of these prisoners will be released. If they are released ... the chances of their rejoining the violent jihadi movement are high."

Goldstein adds that civil libertarians' objections to detainees being held without trial fails to take into account that jihadists have declared a war without end against the U.S.

"According to the Geneva Conventions, you can hold enemy combatants for the duration of hostilities until peace has been declared," she says. "It gets muddied because these guys have declared an indefinite war against the United States and Western civilization."

Further practical problems that might develop if detainees were moved to U.S. prisons include radicalization of prisoners in U.S. facilities.

"What effect will these prisoners have on other prisoners?" says Goldstein. "We already have a problem of radicalization in our prisons towards a militant version of Islam-do we want to add to that?"

Not to mention that relocating detainees to U.S. cities poses potential problems for communities located within the vicinity of a prison.

"Take into consideration the people who live in these areas," says Goldstein. "If you are moving people into domestic areas, what kind of threat will you place people who live in the area in?"

With attorneys to advocate for them, and yearly review of their cases, as well as the chance to pray six times a day, the detainees at Guantanamo have more rights and privileges than did German or Japanese prisoners of war during World War II. But unlike Japanese and German soldiers, who were conscripted into armies and had no choice but to fight unless they were willing to be shot for treason, jihadists voluntarily wage war on the U.S. and our allies.

Is it really appropriate or useful for them to believe that, should they be caught planning attacks, high-minded Americans will rush to agitate for their rights, and possibly their release?

It's just not good common sense.

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