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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 Jan. 26, 2005 / 16 Shevat, 5765

Free ride

By Michael Graham


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Well, he may not have been nominated for an Oscar®, but Michael Moore has at least one big-time fan.

Belarusian President Alexander G. Lukashenko-known to his friends as "Europe's last dictator"-celebrated George W. Bush's inauguration by broadcasting Fahrenheit 9/11 on state-run television.

This is not surprising given the dictator's political attitudes: "Suppose someone or other didn't really want such 'freedom,' soaked in blood and smelling of oil?" Lukashenko wondered after hearing Bush's inaugural address.

The dictator may or may not have been quoting Michael Moore directly.

There was a time when I assumed that coming out in support of freedom and democracy was like being for more childhood vaccinations and fluoridated water: Only kooks were against you. After the reaction to President Bush's second inaugural address, it turns out that promoting democracy is like testing for steroids in baseball: As long as you're not serious about it, it's OK.

Two centuries after the founding of America, freedom and liberty are still radical, subversive ideas in places like the Middle East, most of Asia and American public school system. It's not just European dictators who dismiss "freedom" with scare quotes and eye rolls. Talk to any Democrat about America's mission in Iraq and the first mention of "freedom" or "democracy" will be met with an exasperated sigh.

It's not our job to spread freedom, they will tell you. Iraq will never have a real democracy. Or worse, they will elect a mullah-dominated terrorist regime. And then there's the "hypocrisy" argument: Unless we invade China and Pakistan tomorrow, everything President Bush says about democracy today is a lie.

Well, the last point is ludicrous on its face. The Declaration of Independence only applied to white males when it was written. Was it a mistake? What do liberals attacking President Bush's supposedly "empty rhetoric" have to say about Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation-which only applied to slaves in the states Lincoln didn't govern, and not to the slaves held in the North?

Of the many dumb, anti-Bush arguments, the insistence that we must fight every battle for liberty at once or else fight none at all is one of the dumbest. It's like arguing that Eisenhower was a failure for invading Normandy on June 6, 1944, instead of Berlin.

But as Afghans and Palestinians and (as of this writing) Iraqis participate in their first-ever legitimate elections-with Lebanon and possibly even Saudi Arabia (!) moving in that direction-how do Bush's opponents continue to side with the dictators and against the oppressed?

Some liberals insist that the war in Iraq isn't really about democracy, but is instead a war for oil and a new American empire. Their evidence for this is sketchy at best—it would be nice if the "No War For Oil" crowd would announce when we are going to finally get the oil-and their argument is even rejected by the terrorists in Iraq.

Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, the most famous (and deadly) of the terrorists operating in Iraq states the mission of the insurgency so plainly even Barbara Boxer can understand:

"We have declared a bitter war against the principle of democracy and all those who follow this wrong ideology….Islam requires the rule of Allah and not the rule of the people or the majority…All those who vote are infidels." The infidels, Al Zarqawi adds in the name of G-d, shall be killed.

How ironic that the terrorists would issue this plain, unvarnished threat to the fundamental ideas of the modern world the same week that the U.N. is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. German fascism was also a threat to freedom and democracy, and members of the John Kerry "global test" crowd are elbowing each other for a chance to denounce it.

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But today, while Iraqis are running a gauntlet of bullets and car bombs to cast their first truly democratic ballots, where is the U.N.? As Sunnis risk death at the hands of the same Ba'athists who ran torture chambers and rape rooms in Baghdad, where are the French, the Germans, or the American Left?

(I could make a snarky comment here about how the French cooperated with the Nazis in 1940, so why wouldn't they support the Islamo-fascists today, but that would be a cheap shot. Accurate, but cheap.)

The Iraqi "insurgents" have made it clear that they are fighting a war against democracy. They're targeting their fellow Sunni citizens, not American soldiers or British tanks. But most of the world has turned their backs on these dead Sunnis because their hatred for America far exceeds their commitment to freedom.

Sixty years from now, will the United Nations commemorate the fall of Saddam's regime and the beginning of a new age of freedom across the Middle East? And if they do, will they even invite the United States to the ceremony?

My prediction is that they will, and the U.N. will invite just one American to attend: a very aged Michael Moore.

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