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December 2, 2014

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 August 2, 2007 / 18 Menachem-Av, 5767

U.S. can't ignore possibility of slaughter in Iraq

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When the editorial board of the New York Times last month endorsed an urgent withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, no matter the consequences, I worried that the nation's newspaper of record had wandered into a dark wood of hazy thinking where genocide was permissible.


"Iraq, and the region around it, could be even bloodier and more chaotic after Americans leave," the Times editors wrote. "There could be reprisals against those who worked with American forces, further ethnic cleansing, even genocide."


But those were acceptable consequences, they reasoned — without a hint of irony — because a U.S. withdrawal would "stop the chaos from spreading."


It turns out my concerns were well-founded. Barack Obama stumbled into the Times' genocide quagmire on July 19, when he dismissed the possibility of mass murder as a reason to temper an American withdrawal from Iraq:


"Well, look, if that's the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now — where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife — which we haven't done. We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven't done. Those of us who care about Darfur don't think it would be a good idea."


There are just a few curious things about Obama's statement. In fact, there is a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, nearly 17,000 strong. It is, in theory, a model of the kind of multilateral cooperation that people such as Obama like to tout as the solution to international crises.


In practice however, MONUC — as it is known by its French acronym — has been plagued by scandal. According to Amnesty International, MONUC civilian, police and military personnel have been responsible for rape and sexual exploitation of women and girls. The United Nations is investigating media reports that MONUC peacekeepers are trading weapons for gold with known human rights criminals.


There won't be a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Iraq if the United States and its allies abandon the country, not even a scandalous one. The U.S.-led multinational force has the U.N. mandate under Resolution 1723 to establish security and stability in Iraq. Might it be better to prevent slaughter as a consequence of ethnic strife rather than allow it to occur and then struggle in vain to find a remedy?


Obama's invocation of Darfur, where decent people are trying to get a robust peacekeeping force on the ground to stop the slaughter, is even more curious. The Illinois senator has been one of the leading political lights of the Save Darfur movement. I was standing only a few feet away from him last year when at the Save Darfur rally on the Washington Mall, Obama said:


"In every corner of the globe, tyrants and terrorists, powers and principalities will know that a new day is dawning and a righteous spirit is on the move and that all of us together have joined hands to ensure that never again will these kinds of atrocities happen."


Evidently Iraq, where bombings by al-Qaida terrorists have killed thousands of civilians, isn't on Obama's globe.


The Times editors and Obama, at least, try to learn from history, even if they draw faulty conclusions. John Kerry is simply ignorant of history.


In a July 23 interview with the Chicago Tribune, he ridiculed the notion of a slaughter in Iraq by saying, "We heard that argument over and over again about the bloodbath that would engulf the entire Southeast Asia, and it didn't happen."


The 1 million Vietnamese who ended up in re-education camps, many of whom were tortured, 165,000 of whom died, and the 1.7 million Cambodians who perished under the genocidal tyranny of Pol Pot would disagree with that appallingly moronic statement.


The desire to change the U.S. role in Iraq and remove Americans from harm's way is understandable. But in seeking a new course, politics shouldn't trump morality and an irrational hatred of President Bush shouldn't trump factuality.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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