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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 Jan. 25, 2005 / 15 Shevat, 5765

The corollary to the Bush doctrine

By David Limbaugh


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I happen to believe that President Bush's inaugural speech was both a very big deal and not that big of a deal at all, a classic paradox.

To be sure, President Bush laid out an idealistic foreign policy vision endorsing the transforming power of democracy and liberty. To be sure, he spoke expansively — pun intended — of freedom: "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

But these words represent no departure from the president's previous words. He has often before spoken of the contagious nature of freedom and democracy, suggesting that a democratic beachhead in the turbulent Mideast (other than Israel) could begin a domino effect on surrounding tyrannies.

"Yes," you say, "but he has never gone so far as to hint that, under his watch, America might seek to export democracy by military means. If there was any doubt before about his being an imperialistic, neoconservative warmonger, he removed it with that bellicose speech." Oh? Read on.

The president also said, "This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal, instead, is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom and make their own way."

So chill out, folks. The president is not flexing America's military muscle here. He's not talking code to North Korea or Red China, warning them that they are on the short list.

I think a better way to understand the speech is to analogize it to President Reagan's new approach to the Cold War. Reagan's predecessors had mostly implemented the policy of containment — with the goal of keeping communism from expanding further into unwilling nations.

But Reagan decided to announce a shift from our defensive posture of containment and go on the offense, seeking a "rollback" of communism in nations it had already consumed. And his words were more than just lofty rhetoric. While he didn't start militarily attacking foreign nations, he did aggressively support freedom movements. He did reinvigorate our nuclear program to dishearten and economically cripple the Soviet Union.

Reagan's support of democratic movements was vital. But so were his words by which he made clear to the world that the United States was going to quit meekly holding back and begin to take the fight to the communists. Both his words and deeds were instrumental in the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the defeat of world communism.

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Today, we face a different global threat in the form of extreme Islamic terrorism. President Bush, like President Reagan, understands that ideas and words have consequences, and that it's important to fight terrorists not just with force of arms, but also with the power of ideas.

President Bush is saying that we are not going to sit around and wait for the next terrorist attack. We are going to take the offense, not just militarily against terrorists and the nations supporting them (preemptively, if necessary: The Bush Doctrine), but also in aggressively supporting democracy throughout the world by nonmilitary means. While the spread of democracy and liberty won't automatically eliminate terrorism, it will help to choke off the oxygen of oppression and poverty that terrorists breathe.

Perhaps, then, we should consider the president's speech as a non-military corollary to the Bush Doctrine. The Bush Doctrine says we will take preemptive military action, if necessary, against terrorists and supporting states, because containment and deterrence are no longer sufficient strategies to protect our national security.

The Bush corollary says that we will reject containment and deterrence on the nonmilitary front as well and will proactively support the spread of democracy through nonmilitary means.

So those who think that President Bush has issued a directive to the Pentagon's war games department to begin working up scenarios against every non-democratic nation in the world — as distinguished from those who are supporting terrorists against the United States — should take a deep breath.

And those, like the Los Angeles Times' Ron Brownstein, who think President Bush sent his father out to soften his inaugural message, need to re-read his speech and review his previous ones.

In his speech, the president offered no departures from his existing foreign policy, but provided a profound exposition and amplification of the Bush Doctrine by incorporating into it previously articulated and wholly consistent principles.

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David Limbaugh, a columnist and attorney practicing in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is the author of, most recently, "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.) Comment by clicking here.

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