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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. 28, 2009 / 11 Teves 5770

U.S. troops still risk all for global security

By Jonathan Gurwitz




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Flag Day, June 14, 1942, with American military forces engaged in two theaters of war and the fate of the free world hanging perilously in the balance, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took to the radio to lead the nation in prayer:

"Grant us brotherhood, not only for this day but for all our years — a brotherhood not of words, but of acts and deeds. … If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed. If they hunger, we hunger. If their freedom is taken away, our freedom is not secure.

"Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace, that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best, not only in our lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith, let us march toward the clean world our hands can make. Amen."

The prayer was written for the occasion by literary prodigy Stephen Vincent Benét, the son of an Army general, best known as the author of "John Brown's Body," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1929. That epic poem of the American Civil War, in addition to its unabashed patriotism, had a central message: There are some goods — as in rights and values — worth fighting for, some evils that it is obligatory to fight against.

In accepting his Nobel Peace Prize this month, President Barack Obama spoke to a European audience that is deeply skeptical of this proposition, one that also has a very short memory of the American contribution in blood and treasure that twice in the past century prevented a reign of tyranny from descending over their continent.

"Evil does exist in the world," Obama told the crowd in Oslo. "A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida's leaders to lay down their arms."

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He addressed the general ambivalence concerning the use of military force and the particular resentment of the use of U.S. military force. And he delivered a clarion message to the detractors in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and most especially here in the United States who reflexively denounce America's role in the world: "Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms."

It is one thing to use the words of peace and justice, freedom and security. It is another thing to actually create them. Sometimes it can be done peacefully with the force of moral authority, as the lives of Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attest. Other times, as Obama and Roosevelt before him acknowledged, a different brotherhood of acts and deeds is required.

As 2009 draws to a close, American military forces are engaged in two theaters of war and countless operations in nameless places across the world. We are a nation at war, though relatively few citizens actually share in the burden of war. Those who do are engaged in a struggle against a global menace of medieval fanaticism, though the international community is as likely to libel their actions as give thanks.

Few ways exist for ordinary Americans to show their gratitude to the men and women who bear this burden. One way is to donate to one of the many nonprofit organizations listed under the "Support for Our Troops" links at www.OurMilitary.mil that assist soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines, National Guardsmen and their families.

Another is simply to say, "Thank you," and keep them in your prayers during 2010.

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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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