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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 20, 2013/ 14 Elul, 5773

The more Egypt changes...

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's as though the local police department here in Little Rock -- and police departments all across the country -- had opened fire on those Occupy protesters in city after city. Remember the Occupy "movement"? It came and went so fast it's now just another blip in American memory. If it has still has any significance, it's only as an example of the tolerance with which a free and open society deals with youthful spirits and dissent in general. Nothing smothers it so effectively as patience, forbearance and respect for differing opinions.

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 Egypt, where equal but opposite madnesses now battle each other in the streets, and over the dead bodies of those Egyptians caught in the middle.

All knew that the generals couldn't wait to take control again -- before the Islamists took control of them, as in uneasy Turkey -- yet even old Middle East hands, however accustomed to the brutishness of its military dictators, must have been surprised at the sheer stupidity of this bunch. For these generals are only creating another generation of martyrs and radicals, and making their own downfall inevitable soon enough.

Or it may take years before these not-so-commanding generals are reduced to the miserable state of Egypt's last military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, now sick and imprisoned and despised, treated just the way he treated his own enemies. The cycle goes on, as unchanging as the flooding and receding of the Nile recorded from time immemorial.

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 Egypt like one more plague. It is the little details that encapsulate the full scope of the generals' murderous folly. As in this one paragraph from a wire story:

"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 Moscow or St. Petersburg. Just as the Bolsheviks would do in their turn. Only worse.

Do the brutish ever learn? It happens in even the most fortunate of countries; it can happen here. It did happen at Kent State, where some idiot in authority gave the National Guard live ammunition to fire at antiwar protests, inspiring even more. Yes indeed, Martyrs This Way!

On the other side of this not-so-civil war in Egypt are the usual jihadists crying Persecution! even as they persecute others. Unable to take on a whole, American-supplied army, they turn their fury on Egypt's Copts, the last remaining Christian community of any size in the part of the world where Christianity began. Now mobs torch churches in Egyptian city after city if they can't set the Christians themselves ablaze. They're the new Jews, the old ones having been killed or exiled throughout the Middle East by now. Now it is the Christians who flee into exile, if they've had enough foresight -- or just luck -- to make it out if the country.

As usual, it is America that profits by the infusion of all these refugees, emigrés, entrepreneurs, and bright young people from the troubled Middle East. It's been happening ever since the first Lebanese arrived on these shores, bringing the good qualities of the Middle East with them -- its code of hospitality and the kind of cosmopolitan tolerance that once marked fabled Alexandria and beautiful Beirut, which used to be called the Paris of the Middle East.

For now the generals are in uneasy charge in Egypt as the fanatics on the other side wait their turn at the wheel of power. The only thing to be said at such a time may be: A Plague on Both Your Houses!

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 Egypt seems a lot like the oldest. For this "new" Egypt doesn't seem all that different from the old slave society described in another ever-relevant source of news and opinion, the Book of Exodus.

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