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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 August 31, 2005 / 26 Av, 5765

War, opposition both on moral issues

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | From the moment President Bush proposed enacting the policy of regime change in Baghdad — a policy made official by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1998 — there have existed principled reasons to question and oppose the U.S.-led offensive in Iraq.

Is that offensive in our national interests? Do its costs — in terms of American lives, Iraqi lives and other measures — outweigh its potential benefits?

War is a moral issue. Moral principles guide a nation in the decision to go to war and its conduct in warfare. War in democratic societies is additionally a political issue. At the intersection of the moral and political debate lies the most difficult question: Is it worth it?

In the winter of 2003, with memories of 9-11 still fresh, heightened concern about terrorists obtaining weapons of mass destruction and the belief that Saddam Hussein's tyrannical regime possessed proscribed weapons, a majority of Americans answered that question affirmatively.

Two-and-a-half years later, a homicidal dictatorship is gone. A free democratic Iraq is a possibility. Yet the absence of weapons of mass destruction and more than 1,800 dead military personnel now lead a majority of Americans to answer that question negatively. Another difficult moral and political question arises: Are the costs of exiting Iraq now greater than the costs of staying?

Struggling with such questions is not a liberal or conservative exercise. It is a judgment arrived at by evaluating factors that can and do change over time. People of good will can arrive at differing conclusions.

These are far different from the ideological and partisan slogans bandied about by anti-war protestors in Crawford and elsewhere. Look at their signs and read their literature. In place of difficult moral and political questions you'll find a series of facile and often contradictory conspiracy theories.

No blood for oil. According to this theory, the decision to go to war in Iraq — and also Afghanistan — was based solely on the U.S. drive to secure cheap sources of fossil fuels. What makes this theory particularly reprehensible is that precisely the opposite is true: Saddam was using oil for blood.

We are now learning from congressional and U.N. inquiries into the oil-for-food program the extent to which Saddam was gaming the sanctions system, buying diplomatic support and pocketing hundreds of millions, and possibly billions, of dollars to extend his brutal Baathist regime.

No blood for oil companies. One telling of this theory at least addresses some economic realities of rising oil prices. It posits that President Bush started the war in Iraq in order to strain world petroleum output by taking a major Arab producer offline, thereby enriching Bush's oil company benefactors.

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Of course, it's also enriching the Saudi princes who support al-Qaida and the Iranian mullahs who have their own, lethal terrorist network and are self-admittedly striving to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

No American blood for Israel. No set of conspiracy theories would be complete without a Zionist-Jewish cabal, but this one seems to be causing the Camp Casey folks some anguish. There's a reason Cindy Sheehan and her supporters want to disavow this theory publicly even if they endorse it privately: The rants of the lunatic left on this issue are indistinguishable from the racist right or, for that matter, from jihadist propagandists.

Never mind that Zionists crafty enough to engineer a war would surely have made Iran their first target, not Saddam's Iraq, whom the Israelis had defanged of a breeder reactor in 1981. On the subject of Israeli and Jewish blood libels, some members of the so-called liberal peace camp find themselves aligned with Pat Buchanan, David Duke and Osama bin Laden.

There are many more slogans, reflecting simplistic theories that are matters of dogma for their followers. Unprincipled opposition to war, however, like unprincipled support for war, is an expression of blind faith. For Americans struggling with the moral and political question of whether the war in Iraq is worth it, they offer nothing meaningful.

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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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