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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 June 23, 2008 / 20 Sivan 5768

Time mag and Murtha aren't the only miscreants in Haditha saga

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A lie can get half way around the world before the truth can lace up its combat boots. This is especially true when the lie is propagated by a major news magazine and a senior member of Congress.


On March 19, 2006, Time Magazine published an article in effect accusing a squad of Marines of having murdered civilians in Haditha, Iraq, and their superiors of covering it up.


"It's much worse than reported in Time Magazine," said Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa, at a press conference May 17, 2006. "There was no fire fight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."


Rep. Murtha, a former Marine, told the Philadelphia Inquirer he got his information from the Commandant of the Marine Corps. But the briefing Gen. Michael Hagee gave Rep. Murtha took place on May 24, a week after Mr. Murtha had accused the Marines of murder.


On December 21, 2006, four enlisted Marines were charged with multiple counts of murder. Later, four officers in their chain of command were charged with having covered up the murders. The news coverage of the indictments was enormous. On Tuesday, a military judge dismissed without prejudice charges against LtCol. Jeffrey Chessani. He was the seventh of the eight Marines either to have the charges against him dismissed, or be found not guilty. The only Marine still facing court martial is Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, and the charges against him have been downgraded from murder to manslaughter. News coverage of the acquittals has been sparse, relegated to the "news briefs" section in most newspapers.


The Time Magazine story was based chiefly on the testimony of three Iraqis, all of whom had ties to the insurgency. Mr. McGirk may himself have sympathized with the insurgents. He spent the first Thanksgiving after 9/11 with members of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This is what he wrote about it in Time:


"Our missing colleagues finally arrive, and I leave thinking this evening wasn't very different from the first Thanksgiving; people from two warring cultures sharing a meal together and realizing, briefly, that we're not so different after all."


Testimony at the various courts martial indicated at least eight of the 24 alleged victims were armed terrorists, and the physical evidence at the scene contradicted the accounts of Mr. McGirk's witnesses.


Writing in StrategyPage a year ago May, Harold Hutchison compared Haditha to claims made by the Palestinian Authority that Israeli soldiers had massacred civilians in the village of Jenin in Gaza in April, 2002. The accusations received much more attention from the news media than the subsequent reports of UN investigators that the accusations were false.


"If the testimony about Haditha bears out, then it will just be the latest example of media misreporting," Mr. Hutchison wrote. "At that point, though, the real cover up will begin. Very little, if any effort will be made to correct the record.


Politicians like John Murtha, who repeated the most inflammatory charges, will get a pass."


What Mr. Hutchison predicted has come to pass. Time Magazine and Rep. Murtha owe these Marines an apology, but it is unlikely to be forthcoming. Only people with integrity apologize when they've done harm to innocents.


But Time and Jack Murtha aren't the only miscreants in this sorry saga. The Marines were charged despite a report, issued the month before Mr. Murtha accused them of murder, which concluded "there is no evidence that the Marines intentionally set out to target, engage and kill non-combatants."


When they were first arrested, the enlisted Marines were treated far worse than terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. The Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) ignored exculpatory evidence. One prosecution witness changed his story five times. Another failed a polygraph test. That witness, a native of Venezuela, may have been threatened with deportation if he didn't testify against his comrades. The charges against LtCol. Chessani were dismissed because of unlawful command influence.


When I was a Marine, I was comforted by the thought that I'd never be left behind, even if I were dead. But it appears that some senior people in the Corps and NCIS tried to railroad the Haditha Eight to appease Rep. Murtha's false, politically motivated charges. It is they — not the Haditha Marines — who should be hanging their heads in shame.

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