In this issue
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 Feb. 1, 2011 / 27 Shevat, 5771

Mouth shut tight, all options open

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here comes deja vu, the default mindset of the the naive West, all over again. Learn nothing, remember nothing.

The "people power" that has the Middle East in panic and Egypt in chaos is no less thrilling to millions in the West — who, like Pavlov's dogs, cheer the eminent toppling of any foreign dictator, despot or routine bad guy without thinking about the consequences.

The shah was bad, "anyone would be better." So Iran, with American and British connivance, sent him packing, and soon got government by ayatollahs, who seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and eventually bequeathed us Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who aspires to be the world's first certifiable madman with missiles. Some trade.

President Obama for once is trying to do the right thing in his dealing with the Muslims, keeping cool, his options open, his mouth shut and letting Hosni Mubarak twist slowly, slowly in a cold wind. The mobs in Cairo and the noisy collective of pundits elsewhere are eager to ride off in several directions to enlist in the revolution. This leaves President Obama in a true dilemma, having to choose between two equally unhappy alternatives, either taking sides with the protesters (ah, the romance of revolution) or sticking with an old ally who should have got the hook years ago. Nobody likes Hosni Mubarak, with good reasons. Even Jimmy Carter, who you might think would keep his silence in the shadows since it was his ghastly presidency that made much of the present chaos in the Middle East probable, thinks regime chance would be a good idea. But he likes Omar Suleiman, Mr. Mubarak's newly appointed vice president. "He's an intelligent man whom I like very much," Mr. Jimmy told his Sunday school class in Plains.

Nevertheless, the grim outlines of a lethal reality are emerging in Cairo. Just as in Iran three decades ago, "the people" seem ready to trade a despot for a merciless theological tyranny. Everyone wants "an orderly transition to democratic rule" in Egypt, in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's artful phrasing. But a transition to what? The Muslims have no tradition of democracy, as our "nation-building" experience in Iraq is teaching us. But opportunists abound.

Mohammed El-Baradei, the onetime director of the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency who used his office to shield the Iranian quest for nuclear weapons from nosy outsiders, has teamed up with the Muslim Brotherhood, which dreams of a worldwide Islamic caliphate, to impose "order" in Egypt. We can expect girly men in the West to open a propaganda campaign to present the Muslim Brotherhood as reformed, peaceful and mellow, eager once in power to get along with its neighbors. The Brotherhood, which the New York Times is sure to tell us, is just like the Knights of Columbus and as harmless as the Men's Brotherhood Chili Supper at the Methodist church.

It was founded 80 years ago to implement sharia law across the globe, by any means necessary. The Brotherhood's goals haven't changed. A mission statement in a memorandum outlining the "general strategic goal for North America," says the Muslim Brotherhood "must understand that their work in North America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and [Allah's] religion is made victorious over all other religions."

Such plain speech is difficult for the elites in the West to understand. The elites do not understand the power of belief, such as it is among the Islamic radicals, because the elites rarely believe in anything but themselves. But the Muslim Brotherhood is ready and willing to make evil mischief with the likes of Mohamed El-Baradei. As the U.N.'s chief inspector, he consistently ignored the accumulating evidence that Iran's nuclear-weapons program was what it obviously was, and peddled the story that the nuclear research in Iran is merely for nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

The new regime in Cairo, if there is to be one, is not likely to nurture peace with Israel, but it would have lots with which to nurture radical ambitions. Egypt's military is now equipped with 300 F-16 fighters, powerful M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, the largest navy in the region, an army twice the size of Israel's and a bulging inventory of ballistic and chemical weapons purchased from North Korea and China.

President Obama has so far resisted the temptation to deal with nightmare in Cairo with another speech. We can hope that he is learning that there's no bow deep enough to appease evil men determined to let loose the dogs of war.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times. Comment by clicking here.

Wesley Pruden Archives

© 2007 Wesley Pruden