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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. 15, 2011 / 11 Adar I, 5771

‘Regime change’ gets a happy face this time

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Good Muslims don't imbibe champagne, of course (at least in front of one another), but now's the time to pick up the empty bottles from a mighty elixir the massed thousands left in the wake of revolution. The cheers, fireworks and dancing are over, too.

The collapse of the Mubarak regime, with its often brutal repression, marks what could be a turning point in the Middle East, and only a churl belittles the youthful hope for real change. But hopey-changy is not a reliable recipe for real results, as millions are learning to their sorrow here in America.

"Regime change" was mocked without mercy when George W. Bush advocated it for Iraq, where Saddam Hussein presided over a far more brutal dictatorship than the Mubarak regime in Egypt. Now we have authentic regime change and the opportunity to see if democracy can work in the Islamic world.

Not everyone is celebrating. The Israelis, whose very existence is at stake, can't afford even a sip of anything celebratory, fermented or not. The government in Jerusalem sent out a precautionary reminder, addressed to whoever needed it, that the Israeli army is "ready for all eventualities." If anyone in the Islamic world is tempted to find opportunity for mischief in the "earthquake" rocking the Middle East, the emphatic Israeli message is "don't you dare."

The Israelis welcome the Egyptian army's assurance that it intends to honor all treaties, pointedly including the 1979 treaty with the Jews. "An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and we don't yet know how these things will turn out," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a ceremony to install a new Army chief. "We are ready for all eventualities because we know that the foundation of our existence, and our capacity to convince our neighbors to live in peace with us, is based on the Israeli army." Trust, you might say, but only with verification.

This is a cautionary note that the young in Cairo should take into account, too. The Egyptian military has been the guarantor of order and stability since it assumed control in 1952, when King Farouk was sent fleeing to Rome at the end of a spectacularly profligate royal debauch. The generals suggest this time that they, too, understand what unleashed the storm. After dissolving the parliament and suspending the constitution with promises of elections - some time, maybe in six months, but not today - the generals told the celebrating masses that the first task was to re-establish "peace and order" to "prevent chaos and disorder." These are noble and necessary goals, but the language the generals used to express them echoed a slogan often repeated by Mr. Mubarak. The emergency law that gives the generals all the rights to suppress (and oppress) that the Mubarak regime had will be suspended "at the right opportunity." That's the slippery promise we've all heard before.

The Egyptians have a long and colorful history with profligate dictators, so it's easy to understand why the Egyptians think a government by coup is tolerable, at least for a while. King Farouk was particularly loathsome, a 300-pound gourmand described by a friend as "a stomach with a head." He had a kinky taste for visibly pregnant female prey as well as for the pleasures of the table, often sending a thuggish aide to fetch an unwary mother-to-be who had caught his eye. He had no sympathy for the plight of hungry subjects of his rule. "If I donate my fortune to buy food," he told an interviewer, "all of Egypt eats today, eats tomorrow, and the day after that they are starving again." He collapsed in exile with a heart attack, dying at 46 with his face in a plate of snails at a fashionable (and expensive) French restaurant in Rome.

The Egyptian pursuit of political freedom is not a guaranteed success, and more drama, more riots and more anger will no doubt follow. But the noisy demonstrations spreading across the Middle East marks the best opportunity ever to shake geriatric Arabia into something good, or at least something not as bad as before. The rest of the world can take heart that the revolution is led by the young yearning for peace, freedom and free-market prosperity, and not more of a primitive religion from the eighth century.

The explosion of long-suppressed youthful enthusiasm for a good life and authentic liberty against brutal regimes recalls William Faulkner's famous Mississippi mule, "who will labor 10 years willingly and patiently for the privilege of kicking you once." This is something Hosni Mubarak can now ponder at his leisure.

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