Jewish World Review August 20, 2013/ 14 Elul, 5773
The more Egypt changes...
By Paul Greenberg
It's as though the local police department here in
Tolerance is wisdom, which is another great lesson of the whole American experience and continuing experiment.
For an example of what happens when the ruling authorities misrule, or just go mad, see the daily headlines out of ever tormented
All knew that the generals couldn't wait to take control again -- before the Islamists took control of them, as in uneasy
Or it may take years before these not-so-commanding generals are reduced to the miserable state of
This time the dead mount into the hundreds and hundreds, the wounded multiply by the thousands, and yet all are but a harbinger of the vengeance that will come when the political pendulum swings back like a bloody scythe.
It is not the number of victims that captures the full horror and pointlessness of what these idiots-in-braid have wrought, and what they now brought over the land of
"At least one protester was burned alive in his tent. Many others were shot in the head and chest. Some of the dead appeared to be in their early teens. Young women assisting in a field hospital had stains on the hems of their abayas from the pools of blood covering the floor."
One can be sure the generals' own dress uniforms remain spotless. Their souls, if they have any, are something else. But you know their time, too, will come. Such is the way of revolutions, and has been since the French Revolution set the modern model with its Reign of Terror. The killers become the killed.
In another telling detail, some medics who had set up a tent to handle the overflow of victims from a "peaceful" demonstration turned bloody were calling out, "Martyrs, this way!" And martyrs breed memories -- and revenge. The pictures on the evening news could be a contemporary version of the worn old films showing czarist police cracking heads in the streets of
Do the brutish ever learn? It happens in even the most fortunate of countries; it can happen here. It did happen at
On the other side of this not-so-civil war in
As usual, it is America that profits by the infusion of all these refugees, emigrés, entrepreneurs, and bright young people from the troubled
For now the generals are in uneasy charge in
All this, too, will pass and be called History, that chronicle of man's homicidal follies, and the whole terrible chapter will be repeated in due time with a different cast of characters. Oppressors and oppressed will just change places. For violence breeds only more violence, stupidities more stupidities.
Welcome to the Arab Spring, which turns out to have been not a turning point at all but just one more changing. The latest news from
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