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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 Dec. 1, 2005 / 29 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

Pride propels Iraq toward an independent future

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When American troops pulled Saddam Hussein from his hole two years ago, a Saudi newspaper editor expressed the conflicting emotions coursing through the Arab world.


"On the one hand, we are very happy, relieved that this man is out of the picture and he will not threaten us anymore," Khaled M. Batarfi told the New York Times. "On the other hand, to see him so humiliated — he is an Arab president, after all."


Pride is a formidable force, even a deadly one, irrespective of culture. In the lands of Araby, a sense of injured pride permeates the landscape.


Twelve centuries ago, an Arab empire stretched from Persepolis to the gates of Paris. While Europe was mired in the Dark Ages, Arab scholars preserved the heritage of the classical world, Arab intellect advanced the frontiers of science and medicine and Arab genius created the glories of Granada and Baghdad.


This lost legacy has a calamitous grip on the Arab psyche. Where an illustrious empire once stood, a score of dictators and corrupt potentates now stumbles from disaster to disaster. By almost every meaningful measure — economics, political systems, literacy, health care — the Arab world rivals the outposts of the underdeveloped world.


A modern group of Arab scholars, working under the auspices of the United Nations, issued an Arab Human Development Report in 2002 detailing these failures. "The predominant characteristic of the current Arab reality," the report mutedly notes, "seems to be the existence of deeply rooted shortcomings in the Arab institutional structure."


Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida earn sympathy, if not outright support, among otherwise sensible people across the region by hearkening to their glorious past and juxtaposing it with an inglorious present.


The leaders who preside atop this feeble institutional structure came together last week in Cairo. Their goal was to restore some of the dignity lost to the U.S.-led coalition that toppled and then captured a fraudulent symbol of Arab strength and then created in Iraq the conditions for a new political destiny.


Under the tent of reconciliation, the Arab League gathered Iraqis of all political, ethnic and confessional backgrounds. Their final statement shows the decrepit influence of traditional Arab vainglory. It condemns violence targeting Iraqi citizens and institutions. But, capitulating to the demands of Sunnis supported by their Arab League brethren, it also recognizes a "right of resistance," which in practical terms gives sanction to attacks against coalition forces.


Outside the Sunni establishment, few Iraqi leaders support this moral subterfuge. Massoud Barzani, regional president of Kurdistan, told his National Assembly, "We consider them as liberators," reports the Iraqi newspaper Al Mendhar.


More significant is the Cairo statement's call for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq. Not because, as some opponents of Iraq's liberation would have it, Iraqis want a return to the days before the United States allegedly "broke" their country, when Saddam's machines of torture were grinding out human carcasses and his security forces were filling mass graves.


They issued their call because of pride — not in a lost past but, rather, in a hopeful future. In two weeks, Iraqis will go to the polls to do something almost completely unheard of in the Arab world: elect a permanent government in a freely contested, multiparty election.


A truly free and representative Iraqi government will not necessarily do things to the liking of policy-makers in Washington. But an Iraqi government either unwilling or unable to assert its sovereignty is not one for which Americans should sacrifice their lives. The joint statement represents a pivotal point in the evolution of an independent, democratic Iraq.


The Cairo statement, the trial of Saddam, the increasing role of Iraqi forces in securing their own country, elections, the contentious voices of democracy: Iraqis are liberating themselves. For that, the Iraqi people — and the nations who helped them — can be justifiably proud.

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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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