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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 May 30, 2005 / 21 Iyar, 5765

Liberty the loser in U.S. trade-off

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a speech to the National Endowment for Democracy in 2003, President Bush laid out the rationale for a new American foreign policy based on the advance of freedom.

"Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe," Bush told the crowd, "because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty."

Stability was the operative word in U.S. foreign policy throughout the Cold War and beyond. It earned for the United States a war to defend Saudi Arabia and liberate Kuwait, the 9-11 attacks and a global war against terrorist enemies who derive their financial and ideological sustenance from the very countries we sought to keep stable.

In the absence of a destabilizing Soviet menace that threatened the petroleum lifeline between the Middle East and the economies of the developed world, there is no compelling reason to tie American security interests to regimes that desecrate our democratic ideals and prove, ultimately, to be unreliable as allies.

Yet despite the elaborate commitment to freedom that has become the hallmark of American foreign policy the past two years, despite Bush's rhetorical reinforcement of the concept in every major public address, in some parts of the broader Middle East the United States, troublesomely, is acting like the status quo, realist, rationalizer of the past rather than an advocate for democratic idealism.

As one of Afghanistan's northern neighbors, Uzbekistan played a critical role for U.S. operations against the Taliban and al-Qaida. A year ago, the Los Angeles Times reported, 1,750 American military personnel were stationed at the Karshi-Khanabad base, known as K2. U.S. Central Command says it has scaled back operations at K2 but, for security reasons, refuses to disclose the current deployment.

Uzbekistan is also one of the world's most deplorable violators of human rights. It's dictator, Islam Karimov, is a Stalinist holdover from the country's days as a Soviet republic. Karimov faces a real and growing challenge from Uzbek Islamic extremists. But his response — to repress all opponents, even democratic reformers — will only make matters worse.

The Western media is only now uncovering the extent of a massacre that took place earlier this month when government troops opened fire on protesters in the Western city of Andijan. Uzbekistan's chief prosecutor stated 169 "terrorists" died in the operation. Eyewitness accounts place the death toll much higher, perhaps greater than 500, including large numbers of women and children.

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The official American response to this carnage has been muted, to say the least, as it has been to the ongoing genocide in the western region of Sudan.

In Sudan, as in Uzbekistan, the perceived dividend for the United States is paid in the war on terror. The Islamic regime of Omar el-Bashir routinely ranks among the most brutally repressive in existence. Yet el-Bashir has been able to parlay the connections of the Sudanese intelligence service with al-Qaida and other jihadist groups into a functional relationship with the United States.

This is of a cloth with the supposedly helpful role Syrian intelligence has played in the war on terror and the practice of rendering terror suspects to Middle East nations for interrogation methods — including allegations of torture — that are impermissible under American jurisdiction.

We've pursued such temporizing policies before in the Middle East, and they did nothing to make us safe. Military bases and intelligence, like stability, cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty.

Making alliance with Karimov may have been an unpalatable necessity in the fall of 2001. Sharing intelligence with el-Bashir may have been useful when Osama bin Laden was his welcome guest a decade ago. Today such policies place the United States on the wrong side of history and in direct conflict with the Bush administration's stated goal of advancing democratic political reform and freedom.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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