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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 May 29, 2012/ 8 Sivan, 5772

Today's outrage: No heroic deed goes unpunished

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just as Americans are learning how to spell the name of Chen Guangcheng, the heroic Chinese dissident who is now safe in this country, we have a new hero's name to learn, repeat, and shout if necessary:

Shakil Afridi.

He's the Pakistani doctor who carried out a fake immunization program in the neighborhood around the compound in Abbottabad where the world's most wanted mass killer was hiding in plain sight. And maybe with the complicity of local authorities, since it's hard to believe he could have taken up residence -- for years -- in a crowded resort city full of military installations without the protection of our treacherous "friends" in that country.

The good doctor worked with our own spooks to confirm that one of the occupants of the sealed-off estate that had attracted the CIA's attention was none other than one Osama bin Ladin, now happily the late Osama bin Laden.

Before those Navy SEALs interrupted Mr. bin Ladin in his comfortable surroundings and homicidal diversions, the CIA had to be sure they had the right place and the right object of their swift, sure attentions. That's where Dr. Afridi came in with his ostensible vaccination program, whose real object was to vaccinate against terror. The good doctor managed to collect DNA samples from those within the mysterious house to confirm that this was our long-sought man.

It's still not clear what exact role the doctor's ruse played in identifying the world-infamous suspect, if any, but this much is clear: He did his ingenious best. At what turned out to be considerable risk. For now his heroism has been rewarded -- with a 33-year prison sentence for treason.

The verdict was handed down last Wednesday by the usual, errant Pakistani authorities, and Dr. Afridi was trundled off to one of their notorious prisons with indecent haste. Naturally he was denied legal counsel at his trial. Which completes the outrage.

The moral of this story: No heroic deed goes unpunished, especially in that treacherous country.

This kind of outrageous thing calls for more than the usual diplomatic protest and another pro forma speech from our secretary of state. It calls for outrage. Outrage made tangible.

Congress, which may prove the last redoubt of American pride and integrity in these matters, is already responding. The House is restive and the U.S. Senate, with a touch of poetic justice, is moving to cut $33 million in aid to Pakistan -- one for each year of Dr. Afridi's outrageous sentence. Good.

Remember how Congress threatened to cut off all aid to Egypt's bloated military -- billions a year -- unless the innocent Americans being held hostage in that country were allowed to leave? They'd come to teach Egyptians how to conduct free and fair elections. They were rewarded by having their passports expropriated and told they would be tried for espionage.

The threat to the Egyptian establishment's lifeline to American tax dollars did the trick. Our people were allowed to leave, and Egypt now has had its first free presidential election ever. There's a lesson to be drawn from that succession of events, and it isn't to let vicious little bullies off with just a show of protest.

Why hasn't the president of the United States and commander-in-chief of its armed forces been heard from?

Why hasn't our ambassador in Karachi been called home for consultations, and Pakistan's ambassador here been sent packing till this, uh, slight misunderstanding has been cleared up -- and Dr. Afridi breathes free.

While we're at it, let's keep those drones flying. Just to send a message, to wit: No enemy of the United States of America is beyond the reach of American justice. And no friend is beyond the reach of our help -- immediate, forceful and unrelenting.

Dr. Afridi, we're not about to forget you, or let your captors forget about you. Help is on the way. And should be.

Chen Guangcheng is now out of the clutches of Communist/fascist China's bullies, and is settling in at New York University. There are a lot of good Pakistani doctors in this country, Western-trained and British-accented and mannered, who have proven a great asset to American medicine. Isn't there room for another? Especially one whose dedication to ridding the planet of at least one dangerous scourge has already been demonstrated in his native land.

Surely there's an understaffed and overburdened public health agency in this country that could use another well-trained physician who's shown he knows how to conduct an immunization program with the best of results. Like justice. What is this one doing locked up in Pakistan? Until he's out, all that generous American aid should be, too.

How to say this as diplomatically as possible? Let's just say it should be made unmistakably clear to the high contracting parties in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that we the people of the United States have had enough of this crap.

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