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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 12, 2010 / 2 Elul, 5770

Blood Diamonds Meet U.N. Swells

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Prosecutors at the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague interrupted the trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor last week with some comic relief. They put supermodel Naomi Campbell on the stand to tie Taylor to the trade of "blood diamonds."

Note to prosecutors: If your case hinges on a supermodel — one who says she never heard of "a country called Liberia" until she met Taylor at a 1997 charity dinner hosted by then-South African President Nelson Mandela — you probably are in over your head.

It also can't help when she denies receiving any rocks from Taylor, and then coverage of the trial focuses on a celebrity catfight with Mia Farrow.

Aren't you glad, American taxpayer, to know that you helped bankroll this exercise?

I don't mean to trivialize the import of what prosecutors are trying to do. Taylor is accused of war crimes — murder, amputation, sexual slavery — committed by militias under his control. As many as 200,000 people died in Sierra Leone's civil wars, which prosecutors contend were fueled by Taylor, his thugs and his money. Witnesses have told of savage murders, rapes, mutilations, decapitations, even cannibalism. Taylor has dismissed the charges as lies.

Given the severity of the 11 counts, you want the prosecutors to be righteous, the four judges to be focused and the defendant to be fearful of a guilty verdict.

But this is a U.N. trial, so forget all that. Think slow, costly and self-laudatory. Since the trial began in January 2008, Taylor has enjoyed a full life. He fathered a daughter, born in February. He converted to Judaism.

While prosecutors charge Taylor with having squirreled away millions, the court declared Taylor "partially indigent." So in 2007, the court agreed to pay $100,000 per month for Taylor's defense costs and related expenses.

As the International Enforcement Law Reporter noted, the then-prosecutor supported the move, noting, "It is important that justice be done and be seen to be done."

I got the runaround from the State Department to the simple question: How much of the trial's $20 million tab will be paid for by U.S. taxpayers?

As Doreen Carvajal reported in The New York Times in June, even France and Italy have complained about the cushy treatment of Taylor and other defendants. The court paid $16,000 for a family visit for one accused warlord's wife and five children — including "air fare from Kinshasa, two hotel rooms for 15 nights, temporary medical insurance, passport and visa fees and a daily 'dignity allowance' of $24 for adults and $12 for children."

The court granted another defendant $26,180 for "the entitlement of his children to visit their father" this year.

The court's administrative registrar explained, "Yes, they have committed atrocities, but is the goal to reintegrate them back into society or is the goal to cut them off from society?"

Think about it. These men have been accused of massacring villages, yet Our Betters in Europe already are thinking about reintegrating them back into society.

And what happens if this trial ever ends and he's convicted? The Times reports, "He faces an unspecified sentence in a British prison if convicted." Taylor no doubt thinks about convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi's release to Libya, and quakes in his slippers.

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