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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 June 20, 2012/30 Sivan, 5772

Cruel consequences spring from an old leak

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The news break last weekend came from deep within the mountains of Pakistan's tribal North Waziristan -- and, frankly, it created barely a news ripple in the otherwise occupied outside world.

Indeed, you probably missed it, even though it was the direct -- but unintended -- consequence of a leak that told us the inside story about one of the biggest news stories of our time.

The news break: A Taliban commander announced a ban on free polio vaccinations just days before they were to be given to 161,000 children under age 5, in this region that is one of the last three places on the planet where this dreaded disease has not been eradicated. (The other two: Afghanistan and Nigeria.)

Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur said the ban on polio vaccinations would continue until the United States' CIA ended its airborne attacks by pilotless drone aircraft. He warned that the vaccine program could be a U.S. spy effort, just as it had been in last year's hunt for Osama bin Laden.

The Taliban's ban on polio vaccines for 161,000 children was cruel news, but not really unexpected. Like many, I'd been dreading it ever since last July, when we all were dished that fascinating inside story of how the CIA concluded that the head of the family in an unpretentious compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was Osama bin Laden.

Last year's leaked scoop: A local physician, Dr. Shakil Afridi, worked with the CIA to run a polio-vaccination program that went house to house through Abbottabad. The doctor got inside the target compound and, while he didn't manage to get the desired DNA sample, got other information that proved significant.

The story broke on July 11, 2011, in the excellent British newspaper The Guardian and ran later that day in The New York Times. Both accounts were quite detailed. But it is possible that Pakistani officials discovered the mission before its existence was leaked by unknown sources.

Importantly, the newspapers broke the stories well after Afridi had been arrested by Pakistani intelligence officials. So his cover already had been blown. His identity was not revealed by the leak that told the world the inside story. Half a year later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed Afridi's role in an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes." Panetta was speaking, he made clear, because he was "very concerned" about Afridi's welfare.

"This was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation," said Panetta, who was CIA director when the mission was undertaken. "And he was not in any way treasonous towards Pakistan. He was not, in any way, doing anything that would have undermined Pakistan. ... Pakistan and the United States have a common cause here against terrorism. And for them to take this kind of action against somebody who was helping to go after terrorism I just think is a real mistake on their part."

The truth about that scapegoating country, Pakistan, is now evident to all the world: For a decade, its officials pretended to be America's staunch allies in the fight to find and bring to justice bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader living under the noses of Pakistani military academy elites. But those officials convicted Afridi of high treason and he is now serving 33 years in prison. His crime was that he agreed to work with the CIA to accomplish what Pakistan's leading officials pretended they were trying to accomplish.

Pakistan's government contends that Afridi should have told some mid-level person in Pakistan's government what was happening -- even though some Pakistani officials clearly were dedicated to safeguarding bin Laden's secret.

And that entire government was willing to scapegoat a patriotic physician for the crime of helping to fulfill what President Asif Ali Zardari said was Pakistan's goal.

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Previously:


06/13/12: Gaffes, not facts, dominate presidential race

06/06/12: Command decisions mark new era of video-game warfare

04/25/12: Safeguarding us all in the nuclear age

04/18/12: The battle for the honor of enraging us more

03/28/12: Eavesdropping on diplomacy and politics

02/22/12: Drawing Romney's big picture

01/25/12: Candidates proving that time-tested Marxist theory

01/12/12: Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

01/05/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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