In this issue

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 August 30, 2013/ 24 Elul, 5773

Free the Leavenworth 10-plus

By Diana West

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Does any American believe that Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, 28, should remain in a military prison for the next 20 years for "murder" after giving a legitimate order to his soldiers to fire at three Afghan men on motorcycles, killing two in the process?

What circumstances in those few seconds of on-the-ground command decision-making -- during Lorance's second patrol in Afghanistan -- could possibly compel the Army to rob Lorance of his freedom until he is 48 years old?

I have been reading up on Lorance's case and I find none. I am not a military prosecutor (thank goodness), but I see nothing in accounts of the incident to warrant a sentence of two decades -- unless, that is, Lorance's lawyer, retired Lt. Col. Guy Womack is correct. Following Lorance's sentencing at Ft. Bragg, N.C., on Aug. 1, Womack said: "The Army is using him as a scapegoat so they can tell the Afghan government the person who killed the civilians is being punished."

Read it and weep -- and get sick.

Then, I hope, get angry -- and let your congressman know it.

I have long had the terrible suspicion that the military has followed a "sacrificial lamb" strategy as the ugly subtext of "murder" prosecutions related to Iraq and Afghanistan going back at least as far as Haditha in 2005. Another landmark case involved Army Sgt. Evan Vela in 2007.

Vela is the first-tour Army sniper whose commander ordered him to kill a captured Iraqi who had blown the squad's cover behind enemy lines. In a highly unusual procedure, Vela was tried for murder in Iraq even after his division was ordered home. The Iraqi minister for human rights at the time, Wijdan Salim, attended the trial. "I want to be sure that any American soldier who wrongs an Iraqi will go on trial," Ms. Salim told Time magazine. "(Vela) killed an Iraqi man, an unarmed man. He must be punished." Vela was. He was sentenced to 10 years beginning in 2008. Thankfully, he was paroled earlier this year.

Sgt. Derrick Miller, however, is now facing life in prison with the possibility of parole. Miller is the Army National Guard veteran of Afghanistan, who, in self-defense during a harsh interrogation in 2010, killed an Afghan who had penetrated his squad's defensive perimeter. The draconian severity of Miller's penalty is particularly questionable, given the fragility of the prosecution's case. Defense attorney Charles Gittins, who represented Miller at his court martial, told me in an email that one witness, a U.S. soldier, changed his story supporting Miller's claim of self-defense "when he was threatened with being named an accessory and being placed on legal hold so he could not de-mobilize. The other witness," Gittins continued, "was an Afghan translator who was promised U.S. citizenship in exchange for his testimony."

Sounds like another "scapegoat" case to me.

Does locking up U.S. soldiers and throwing away the key now come under the heading of "winning hearts and minds" in the Islamic world? Aside from the grotesque injustice to these men, it isn't working. And it won't. What it does do, however, is have the effect of surrendering yet another piece of our Western identity and volition to Islamic norms.

The question remains: What kind of government punishes men who step up to fight in the hellholes of the world where our leaders believe, at least until they don't, that they see America's "vital interests"? In the blink of a president's eye, armies are redirected, men are redeployed, but our prisoners of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars remain behind bars. In the blink of an eye, these soldiers made the life-or-death determination that may have saved their lives, but also lost them their liberty. I'm thinking of Lorance, a 10-year Army veteran, just starting his 20-year-stretch; 1st Lt. Michael Behenna turning the corner on Year Four of his (reduced) sentence of 15 years; PFC Corey Clagett looking at 12 more years, out of 18. As for Sgt. John Hatley, does he even count these first years off his 40-year-sentence? And there are others. Meanwhile, Derrick Miller has to get to 10 years before he can even apply for parole.

That's some scapegoat plan.

I wonder if these men ever realize that their most grievous crime in the eyes of their country's leaders is, in fact, their own survival. After all, acting may have saved their lives where hesitation might have ended them. In death, their leaders would hang their heads and mourn, at least a little. But after these men broke the "rules of engagement," those sacraments of counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine, the leaders they served sought to punish them to the maximum extent of the law.

Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of jihadists from the same battlefields have long been granted clemency by Uncle Sam.

For more information about 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, see www.defendveteranlorance.com. For more information about 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, see defendmichael.com. Some other cases are followed at unitedpatriots.org.

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