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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 August 13, 2010 / 3 Elul, 5770

Did He Spy for Nothing?

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the 43-year-old Iranian mother of two whose death by stoning was commuted to death by hanging (so generous) after an international outcry, appeared on Iranian television this week. Speaking unsteadily in her native Azeri, Ashtiani admitted to being an accomplice to her husband's murder and of committing adultery with her husband's cousin.

It's bad enough that the mullahs torture and kill so many of their people. Must they also insult their intelligence? Ashtiani has previously denied both charges, though she has been tortured to force a confession. Her second lawyer Houtan Kian, (the first fled Iran last month in fear for his life) told the Guardian that "She was severely beaten up and tortured until she accepted to appear in front of the camera."

No one would ever guess that she was speaking under duress. Listeners would naturally accept that this victim of the medieval thug regime would, in the words of the Guardian account, "blame the western media for interfering in her personal life."

Mina Ahadi of the Iran Committee against Stoning (ICAS) said: "It's not the first time Iran has put an innocent victim on a televised programme and killed them on the basis of their forced confessions — it has happened numerously in the first decade of the Islamic Revolution."

For a window into that first decade and beyond, "Reza Kahlili" is a thrilling guide. He is still in hiding. He will never be able to move freely, use his real name, or return to his native Iran — at least not until the criminals who rule the country have been overthrown. That's because for the better part of two decades, he spied for the CIA. His newly published memoir, "A Time to Betray," not only reads like a taut mystery, but also falls like a hammer blow, reminding even those who detest the regime of just how evil and dangerous they are.

Kahlili's perspective is unique: Recruited into the Revolutionary Guard by a childhood friend soon after the revolution, he saw everything, and he saw it with the heightened sensitivity of someone constantly on guard against his betrayal being discovered.

Very soon after his guard career began, a close friend and his younger siblings were arrested and sent to Evin prison. Kahlili described the scene:

"A group of armed guards emerged from a doorway. With them, a dozen teenage girls struggled barefoot down the hall. I went numb as they passed in front of me. These children seemed broken both mentally and physically. I could see that some were in shock. Some had tears rolling down their swollen faces ... I didn't think it was possible for me to feel more miserable ... until I realized that one of the faces was Parveneh's (his childhood friend's sister)."

The girls were led to a courtyard and executed to chants of "Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar." When he is able to speak to his friend Naser, he finds an emaciated shadow who puts his mouth to Kahlili's ear and whispers, "Reza, please get Parveneh and Soheil out of here. I can't watch them being tortured anymore. This is unimaginable hell in here. These bloodthirsty animals raped Parveneh in front of me. They made me watch as they twisted Soheil's ankle around in a circle. How can G0d allow this? I pray for my death every second."

There are other vicious regimes in the world. There are torture chambers elsewhere, too. But as Michael Ledeen has tirelessly emphasized in a series of books (e.g., "The Iranian Time Bomb"), Iran conceives of itself as a revolutionary world movement, not as the mere government of a single country. Its tendrils extend throughout the world, from Iraq to Lebanon to Latin America to Europe. The mullahs are truly the "terror masters" (another Ledeen title) and in addition to their criminality at home, they are uniquely hostile to the United States.

Kahlili's account includes the celebrations among the Revolutionary Guard when a suicide bomber killed 241 American Marines in Beirut in 1983, and when the Pan Am airliner was brought down over Lockerbie, Scotland. He saw the contempt with which the regime greeted each pathetic new attempt at engagement by American officials.

Kahlili and his family are now safe in the U.S. But as the fate of Sakineh Ashtiani highlights, the mullocracy, still nourished by crazed dogmas, continues its murderous rampage. The question that hangs in the air is this: Kahlili risked torment and death to get the truth to the United States, believing that if we but knew, we would put a stop to it. Why didn't we? There is ignorance, and then there is willful blindness. We cannot claim the former.

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