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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 8, 2007 / 20 Nissan, 5767

Two sides to every Iraq story

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A positive attitude can't win a war, but it helps. Instead, defeatism reigns supreme here at home. Nowhere is the inherently negative criticism of the war more evident than in the recent attacks on Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the initial backers of the Coalition troop "surge" in Iraq.


Now I am one of the last people who want to whine about "the liberal media." It's a boring complaint, one that begs readers to skip the rest of the article; but also, it's not entirely true and produces few fruitful discussions. Fact is, there are some brave and honest people from both parties reporting from war zones. And they deserve respect and an audience, as their jobs share an amount of danger akin to the jobs of the servicemen and women they are reporting on. But said reporters should not let their bravery blur the distinction between the facts and their opinions.


CNN's Michael Ware went overboard recently when he vented on-air about former Vietnam prisoner of war John McCain, questioning his credibility. In an angry rant, Ware told "Situation Room" host Wolf Blitzer, "Well, I'd certainly like to bring Sen. McCain up to speed, if he ever gives me the opportunity. And if I have any difficulty hearing you right now, Wolf, that's because of the helicopter circling overhead and the gun battle that is blazing just a few blocks down the road."


Ware, a supposedly objective reporter, added: "I mean, Sen. McCain's credibility now on Iraq, which has been so solid to this point, has now been left out hanging to dry. To suggest that there's any neighborhood in this city where an American can walk freely is beyond ludicrous. I'd love Sen. McCain to tell me where that neighborhood is, and he and I can go for a stroll."


McCain was to be in Baghdad the following week, but Ware dismissed McCain's congressional delegation, essentially calling it smoke and mirrors for the American people.


What precipitated Ware's anger at the senator? McCain, speaking from the United States at the time, had insisted the surge was making progress — not changing the face of Iraq — but showing concrete signs of progress. My own instinct was to worry that McCain overstated his case when he said, on Bill Bennett's morning radio program, there are neighborhoods in Iraq that are safe to walk through, the very statement that so enraged Ware. But just because good news is coming from a region currently — and historically — immersed in tragedy, doesn't diminish the credence of those facts.


And though I hesitate to question Ware — who's on the ground in Iraq — the truth, I suspect, is most likely closer to what one Marine told W. Thomas Smith Jr., from National Review Online: "It's not all doom and gloom here. There are some good, progressive things happening, which are rarely reported, and I will explain in the coming days. But there also are a lot of bad things happening that don't make the nightly cut."


A delicate mix of both good and bad is the reality of the ongoing surge in Iraq. Media, politicians and citizens must now recognize the few truths — good or bad — we receive from Baghdad and stop the uninformed, partisan finger-pointing.

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