Is not a lavish life style at public expense the due? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 20.10.09 | 02:36 (IST)

    To a hero and politician? If not, then why is it not forbidden by law? Mr. Barak takes advantage because advantage is allowed. And because he believes it is his due. He is not Cincinnatus, indeed, quite the opposite. He is a man who grew up believing that being a good soldier allowed him to retire to riches as a politician. He did not come to this belief in his privilege by himself. He came to it because a nation who was created by men who soldiered out of necessity performed far better than those who do it as a profession. And those same men often served well in guiding that young nation. But neither was in most cases their life's ambition. To be a "good soldier" and a corrupt politician after they retired. That was then, when Israel could not afford riches. Now, Barak expects what he may take. Because Israel can afford riches, and has not realized that what makes a 'good' solider now is not what made Cincinnatus a great man.

    from the article: Israel's Napoleon: Ehud Barak's lavish lifestyle under scrutiny in Israeli media
    First published 14:56 19.10.09 | Last updated 22:40 19.10.09
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