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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 Feb. 11, 2011 / 7 Adar I, 5771

Sometimes evil just runs in the family

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Breaking up is hard to do, as the Egyptians — both the good ones and the not-so-good ones, are learning to their considerable pain.

Hosni Mubarak is history, whether he understands it or not, a gift from the army, and if the price of order is taking orders from colonels (and occasional second lieutenants) the ordinary Egyptian seems likely to take what he can get, at least for a while.

The crowds in Tahrir Square, chanting, "we're almost there, we're almost there," got it just about right. For now the men in the U.S.-built Abrams battle tanks are the men in charge. The new president, Omar Sulieman, will sleep in the luxury of the national palace for only as long as the generals say he can. The army's frothy assurances — "We're here to safeguard the nation and the aspirations of the people" and "everything you want will be realized" — will only be verified in the passage of time. For now, they're cheap and easy promises, maybe sincere and maybe not.

The omens in the success of the democratic wave coursing through the Middle East are bad news for the progeny of the men who have established the various satraps. The bloodlines have been cut, and being a dictator's son is not the surest, swiftest route to corrupt state power that it was only yesterday. The list of wastrel tyrants-in- waiting is a long one. Some have come already to just desserts, and the prospects of others have dimmed considerably in the wake of uprising in Cairo (and before that in Tunisia). Mubarak's son Gamal is the latest in the line, having been dispatched by old Dad as an earlier, unsuccessful peace offering to the mob.

Saddam Hussein'g evil sons, Uday, 39, and Qusay, 37, were particularly heinous, raping, beating and torturing for the "fun" of it. Disappointed by the performance of the national soccer team entrusted to his care, Uday once called in his players for a beating after a particularly bad showing. On another occasion, to entertain guests at a dinner in honor of the wife of President Mubarak, visiting from Cairo, he killed his father's valet with an electric carving knife. The brothers were killed in a shootout by U.S. Special Forces in 2003 after the U.S. Army got a tip from "multiple sources" that the brothers were hiding together in a villa in the town of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Other infamous sons have been dispatched to relative obscurity, in attempts to appease popular revulsion, by such villains as Muammar Qadaffi, Idi Amin, Daniel Arap Moi, Jomo Kenyatta and King Abdullah of Jordan (who once intervened with Saddam Hussein to go easy on his son Uday after he carved up the valet at the dinner party).

"It doesn't take great psychological insight to conclude that the exaggerated sense of privilege these young men assimilate leads them to think there is no limit to the reckless depravity that's allowed them," says Stephen Kinzer, who has covered many of the corrupt regimes and is the author of 'Reset: Iran, Turkey and America's Future.' " In addition to excesses of sex, alcohol, drugs, and gambling, he observes, "many share another favorite young man's pastime — sports. Marko Milosevic loved racing fast cars, Baby Doc [Duvalier] rode equally fast motorcycles, and sons of both Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi took charge of their country's athletic programs. Saadi Qaddafi even named himself to a spot on Libya's national soccer team."

Perhaps the most fortunate nations have been led by founders who had no progeny to leave (or at least none to speak of). George Washington, a man who could have been king, fathered no known children. Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, like Washington, had no sons. Ottoman sultans of the old days sometimes strangled their sons with silken cords, just to be sure, and let those who survived him choose their successors.

The origins of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, and the quickening anger across Arabia, are usually put down as resentment and despair over unemployment, brutal cops and the oppression of free speech and movement. So, too, the license assumed by the tyrants and their families.

Feelings of revulsion resonate across the region, and the spirit of revolution pops up in unexpected places. "Something felt really special about what was happening in Egypt, and I wanted to take part by showing solidarity," the Los Angeles-based Syrian rapper Omar Chakaki, says. He put his sentiments into rap:


I heard them say the revolution won't be televised

Al Jazeera proved them wrong,

Twitter has them paralyzed

80 million strong

And ain't no longer gonna be terrorized

Organized, mobilized, vocalized . . .

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