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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Jan. 10, 2007 / 20 Teves, 5767

A figment of his supporters' imagination

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Saddam Hussein is history, his choking grip on Iraqi society broken by a noose. His merciless crimes, however, live on in photographs, grainy videos and, not least, in the memories of those who suffered his rule.


If the former dictator had lived and met his end in one of the great civilizations of Mesopotamia he tried to emulate — Saddam fancied himself the successor to Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar — his adversaries might also have extirpated him from history. The ancients didn't only destroy the physical presence of reviled leaders, scattering their bodies to the four winds. They also erased all records of the lives and deeds of the vanquished. They renamed cities. They chiseled names off monuments. They put blood relatives to the sword.


Plenty of people around the world today would be happy to emulate antiquity, to wipe the history books clean of Saddam. In life, he was variously regarded as a champion of pan-Arabism, a defender of Islam, a proxy U.S. ally in a troubled region and a lone antagonist against American hegemony.


In death, his three decades of absolute rule in Iraq and the atrocities he committed are, now, embarrassments. Without the Baathist propaganda machine churning out encomiums and Saddam enforcing the glorification of his own greatness, the truth about the modern-day Hammurabi is harder to ignore.


Those who celebrated Saddam as the standard bearer of Arab pride and unity would like to conceal the fact that his most intimate victims were fellow Arabs — hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens, then tens of thousands of Kuwaitis. A man regarded as an Arab hero for championing the extremist cause against Israel was responsible in 24 years for Arab death on a scale that dwarfs the casualties of all the Arab-Israeli conflicts combined.


Those who bizarrely came to view Saddam as a defender of Islam would like to obscure his homicidal secularism and the detail that his victims — well more than a million in all — were overwhelmingly Muslim. Islamists who condemn the U.S.-led war on terror as a purported war on Islam have a hard time explaining Saddam's very real wars against Iraqi and Iranian Shiites and Sunni Kurds.


Foreign policy realists in the United States did more than merely accept Saddam as the enemy of our Iranian enemy. A succession of American leaders, beginning with the Carter administration, aligned U.S. interests with Baathist interests, supplying money, weapons, intelligence and training despite full knowledge of Saddam's psychopathic repression, mass murder and use of chemical weapons.


An international cadre of politicians, businessmen and United Nations employees enriched themselves by skimming money off a U.N. program that was supposed to provide food and medicine to the Iraqi people.


So many people would like to see history buried along with Saddam. Dr. Najmaldin Karim is not one of them


In 1972, Karim abandoned his medical career in northern Iraq to join the Kurdish resistance. Today he is an American neurosurgeon and the president of the Washington Kurdish Institute. While he escaped Saddam's murderous reign, members of his family did not.


Writing recently in the New York Times, he called Saddam's execution an act of justice. But, he wrote, the execution came both too late and too early:


"Too late, because had Saddam Hussein been removed from the scene many years ago, many lives would have been saved.


"Killing Saddam now, however, for ordering the massacre at Dujail in 1982, means that he will not face justice for his greatest crimes: the so-called Anfal campaign against the Kurds in the late 1980s, the genocidal assault on the Marsh Arabs in the 1990s, and the slaughtering of the Shiite Arabs and Kurds who rose up against him, with American encouragement, in 1991."


Three thousand years ago, the death of a megalomaniac like Saddam would have permitted his successors to wipe clean the historical slate. Perhaps that's why history is filled with so many megalomaniacs.


Remembering Saddam's atrocities and holding to account the accomplices and apologists who helped him gain and retain power is the best way to prevent history from repeating. Which is why his regime's trial should go on, even though Saddam is dead.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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