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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 Oct. 31, 2006 / 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

America-hating Europe all talk, no action

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hypocrisy, thy name is Europe. Criticizing the United States is perfectly acceptable — in fact, Americans have raised political self-criticism to the level of an institutional art form. For goodness sake, the dictator of Venezuela — which won its independence from a European colonial power — went before the United Nations to commend a book by an American academic condemning Yankee imperialist domination.


If you're going to condemn the United States for all its failings, then, please, offer some meaningful alternative, some heightened vision, afforded by your long acquaintance with war, bigotry and its victims, along with your censure.


The arrogance of the Old World is, of course, nothing new. It required no particular bravery during the Cold War for European progressive types to march in opposition to various U.S. policies, exercising their civil liberties beneath the umbrella of American nuclear deterrence, while conspicuously avoiding any remonstrance of the Soviet Union and the military might that kept half the continent in communist bondage.


The war on terror, however, has revealed a reflexive loathing of America that is more pretentious than anything that has come before.


Take, for example, the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, the focal point of much transatlantic acrimony. British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett was among a chorus of international critics — featuring the prominent American voices of former President Jimmy Carter, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and the editors of the New York Times — demanding that Camp Delta be closed.


Fair enough. But those 435 detainees have to go somewhere. And given the opportunity to take custody of the former British residents residing at Guantanamo Bay, the British government said, "Thank you, no."


According to Britain's Guardian newspaper, the position of senior U.K. officials is that the men have no legal right to return. Moreover, it would cost too much to monitor the terror suspects — all 10 of them.


But really. If, as Lord Falconer — secretary of state for constitutional affairs and lord chancellor — says, Guantanamo Bay is truly a "shocking affront" to the principles of democracy, then what price is too high to rescue your legal residents?


The British detainees aren't the only blokes to be abandoned by their high-minded European friends and countrymen. There's also Murat Kunaz, born in Germany to Turkish guest workers, whom Pakistani authorities arrested in 2001 and transferred to U.S. custody. Since 2002, according to the Washington Post, the United States has been trying to find somewhere to unload Kunaz.


Turkey said Kunaz was Germany's problem. The German government said he had been out of the country for more than six months, which caused his indefinite residence visa to lapse. So Kunaz languished at Gitmo for more than four years until a deal was finally struck to send him back to Germany.


Then there is the case of 22 Uighurs, a Muslim minority from Western China, who were swept into U.S. custody in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The United States sought to release the men, but not to China, where they face torture or even execution as suspected members of an outlawed Islamic group.


But after knocking on all the humanitarian doors in Europe looking for a country to accept the Uighurs, only Albania — often ridiculed as an inconsequential member of the coalition in Iraq — came forward to accept five of the men.


The United States is an imperfect nation. Mistakes — sometimes terrible mistakes — are often made in war. In a new kind of global conflict against an enemy who deliberately blurs the distinction between civilians and combatants, errors have been and will be made.


The detention of suspected enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, like other aspects of the war on terror, is controversial — not only internationally but also domestically. Our friends across the pond might burnish their charitable credentials by actually acting on their criticisms of U.S. policy rather than merely giving voice to them.

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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.Comment by clicking here.

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