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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 June 26, 2014 / 28 Sivan, 5774

America's difficult but crucial role in the world

By Cathy Young





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The chaos engulfing Iraq, where a brutal radical Islamist group seems poised to take power, has led to a predictable political blame game in the United States and lent new urgency to the debate about U.S. foreign policy and the wisdom of interventionism. Right now, those who believe American leadership has generally made the world a better place are on the defensive. Yet the complicated truth is that abandoning leadership may lead to even worse results.

In a New Republic essay titled "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire," Brookings Institution fellow and "liberal hawk" Robert Kagan warns against retrenchment, arguing that the post-World War II "liberal world order" established under U.S. stewardship created unprecedented peace and prosperity in Europe and Asia. My Reason magazine colleague Jesse Walker offers a trenchant critique of Kagan on the libertarian magazine's website, pointing out that his account of 20th century history leaves out places where America's role was far less positive — such as Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Asia, where the United States supported repressive dictatorships, most notoriously the Pinochet regime in Chile.

Walker makes a persuasive case that Kagan's account of U.S. leadership and its effects is "prettified" to the point of inaccuracy. But Walker's rendering leaves a major unanswered question. In the cases he cites as examples of negative U.S. influence, it was the global contest between the West and the Communist bloc that had disastrous effects on liberty and self-government. What would have been the effects of American non-intervention or retrenchment under those circumstances, essentially leaving the field to totalitarian regimes?

Historical what-ifs rarely have clear answers. But a further expansion of the Soviet empire with no significant resistance would have likely prolonged communism's life and created more repressive dictatorships. South Korea during the Cold War was not a nice place, but it was a paradise compared to North Korea.


The leading anti-interventionist in the Republican Party, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, has invoked Ronald Reagan's legacy as one of leadership and restraint in foreign affairs. Another libertarian critic, Daniel Bier, points out on the Mediaite website that Reagan's foreign policy had its own share of disasters. Yet the fact remains that the West's Cold War victory, which Reagan helped bring about, was a definitive if imperfect victory for freedom. Today, there is no clear contest between "the free world" and a totalitarian empire; but there are many anti-freedom forces whose ascendancy is bad for the people within their immediate reach and the world, including the United States. In our age of globalized business, trade and culture — and, unfortunately, globalized terror — no retrenchment can shield America from the effects of crises abroad.

To think that liberty and peace would triumph in most of the world without American meddling is no less na´ve than to think that we can export democracy if we just find the right formula. History shows that freedom, human rights and peace are not the natural state of humanity; they are rare and hard-won achievements. American leadership has not always promoted these values, and has often compromised them in foreign conflicts with no identifiable "good guys." But a world with a drastically reduced American presence is unlikely to be a kinder, gentler place.

Perhaps the only palatable answer is that we need both the hawks and the anti-interventionists to keep each other in check. Superpowers may not get to retire, but they must learn prudence.

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