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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

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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 June 2, 2005 / 24 Iyar, 5765

Closing Gitmo is not the answer

By Ed Koch

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a recent New York Times column about the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Tom Friedman writes, "Shut it down. Just shut it down." According to Friedman, "…it is now obvious from reports in my own paper and others that the abuse at Guantanamo and within the whole U.S. military prison system dealing with terrorism is out of control."

The complaints of prisoner abuses at Guantanamo may or may not be justified.

During a taped interview for the Larry King show, Vice President Dick Cheney defended the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, stating, according to The New York Times, "They have been well treated, treated humanely and decently" and that some accusations to the contrary are "lies." The Vice President denounced the earlier description of Guantanamo by Amnesty International which compared "the detention center to a gulag-style camp."

We now know that Newsweek's report that the Koran had been flushed down the toilet allegedly in order to extract information from a prisoner has been publicly withdrawn. Newsweek has apologized for the allegation, stating that on further investigation, it was not able to confirm the accuracy of the report.

Guantanamo prisoners heretofore denied access to lawyers and to the U.S. federal court system have won the right to appear in U.S. courts and to representation by counsel. Lawyers are now lining up in Guantanamo to serve them.

Access to our courts and Newsweek's retraction have not caused Muslim anger to abate. I do not believe that if we followed Friedman's advice to close Guantanamo, the anger in Muslim countries or in non-Muslim countries like Great Britain, Australia and Canada would subside. Detractors of the U.S. would simply focus their propaganda campaign on new targets.

The war on international terrorism will go on for years. Friedman states "I want to win the war on terrorism," and I'm certain he does.

Getting rid of Guantanamo will not dispose of the allegations of mistreatment or prevent new such charges against other newly opened facilities. It is a fact that at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, terrible acts of torture and disrespect took place. As a result, several U.S. military personnel have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to varying prison terms with more trials to come. But it remains a mystery and a blot on military justice that only one officer has been punished, and with only a reprimand.

Surely there were other responsible officers who failed to detect and stop what was happening. There have been a number of Pentagon investigations as well as Congressional hearings and we still don't know all that happened. Much of the public including myself believe there has been a cover up by the military brass, the C.I.A. and other government agencies. What we clearly need is an independent bi-partisan blue ribbon commission, with staff and subpoena powers, much like the 9-11 commission chaired by former Governor Tom Kean and former Congressman Lee Hamilton. Such a commission should conduct a thorough investigation similar to that which produced the 9-11 report. That 9-11 report not only discussed government failures, but also made substantial recommendations which the Bush administration and Congress ultimately adopted in part in response to public pressure.

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Whether a bi-partisan investigation and report comparable in scope and quality to the 9-11 report, will be accepted by the American public and fair minded people throughout the world is unclear. However, to close Guantanamo would be to capitulate to the Islamic terrorists and their supporters.

Only complete American and European surrender will satisfy the radicals. Any surrender would be wrong, which means the war between our civilizations will go on for many years. A few days ago, two American Muslims were arrested in New York City and charged with conspiring to aid Al-Qaeda, which they had taken an oath to support. Many countries for different reasons have already lost heart or never had the will to stand with us and fight this battle to protect countries that believe in tolerance and the acceptance of other faiths, lifestyles and traditions. The list of European countries never with us or faltering, e.g., France, Germany, Italy, Poland, is growing. Spain, which withdrew its forces from Iraq after the terrorist attack on the Madrid rail station, totally collapsed in fear.

Incredibly, we do not hear any strong voices in the Muslim world denouncing the Iraqi insurgents and terrorists who in May alone killed over 600 innocent Iraqi children, women and men in an effort to bring the newly elected Iraqi government to its knees. This failure to denounce terrorism is shameful and cowardly.

My reason for supporting the reelection of George W. Bush as President — his unflagging courage and willingness to stand up to international terrorism has been justified by events.

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