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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. 22, 2005 / 21 Kislev, 5766

Iraqis recognize what war has sown

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The prisoners, last week, again pushed their faces up against the bars on their windows, straining to get a glimpse of what was happening beyond the confines of their prison. And once again the citizens of Iran, Syria and the other countries of the Middle East peered out to neighboring Iraq for a vision of freedom.


"The display of determination by all Iraqis to participate in the democratic process," an editorial in Saudi Arabia's Arab News observed, "must have made a deep impression on all but the most hardened terrorists."


As many as 11 million of Iraq's 15 million registered voters — out of a population of 27 million — went to the polls to elect a 275-member parliament. They chose from among 6,655 contenders representing 307 political parties.


No restricted slate of candidates to squelch political dissent. No government goons at polling sites to intimidate voters or beat them away. No handpicked, patsy opposition over which ruling interests could easily roll. The only election-day surprise was the unexpectedly high turnout among the Sunni Muslim minority.


What happened in Iraq, for the third time this year, is a victory of ballots over bullets. In last January's interim elections, voter turnout was 59 percent. In October's constitutional referendum it was 64 percent. Last week it was 70 percent.


At what level of participation, Brent Scowcroft, can the objective of democratizing a hellhole of Middle Eastern totalitarianism be deemed a partial success? After how many inspiring elections, Howard Dean, can the trope about exporting freedom at the end of a gun be buried?


At any point over the past 33 months, Iraq could have collapsed into the abyss of civil war. It is to the great credit of a restrained Shiite religious establishment, led by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and the forbearance of Kurdish leaders that they have not taken the bait of Sunni rejectionists, Baathist dead-enders and foreign mercenaries.


There is less reason to expect their tactics to be successful today than ever before.


Last week as Iraqis went to the polls, New York Times reporter John Burns traversed the Sunni strongholds that serve as the foundation for the insurgency. The opinions he encountered weren't the extremist sentiments of the past.


"This time, we have a real election, not just the sham elections we had under Saddam," Emad Abdul Jabbar, a teacher acting as supervisor at a polling site, told Burns, "and we Sunnis want to participate in the political process."


Some Sunnis even hinted at eventual reconciliation with the United States. "Let's have stability," a storeowner said, unintentionally echoing George W. Bush, "and then the Americans can go home."


This parliamentary election is no panacea. We have not turned a corner, reached a tipping point or achieved any of the other metaphorical signs of ultimate success in Iraq. The Iraqi people have, instead, demonstrated their continued resolve to rebuild their nation as a democracy in spite of decades of Baathist brutality, the meddling of Iranian mullahs and Syrian thugs, jihadist bombs and American missteps.


Once the votes are counted, the business of building a ruling coalition begins, with all the horse-trading, haggling and occasional hucksterism that goes with it. But religious and secular Iraqis, Shiites, Kurds and now Sunnis are participating in that process.


"Things are not perfect," the Iraqi blogger who goes by the pseudonym "The Mesopotamian" writes. "There are countless problems; the insurgency is not going to disappear; the reconstruction effort is in shambles; there is corruption and thieving everywhere; errors and mistakes in everything.


"Yet despite all that, the political process is proceeding like a dream and the tree of freedom is taking roots, and that tree will continue to grow and grow and grow."


The paleoconservative right and the delusional left in the United States, blinded by ideology, may not be able to see this growth of freedom. The long-oppressed people of the Middle East certainly do.

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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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