- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2001

Absurd protest
"After attending last Saturday's 7,500-person peace march in downtown Washington, D.C., sponsored by 'International A.N.S.W.E.R.' (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism), I was left with a rather odd conclusion: The protesters hadn't watched enough CNN. … One of the countless protest signs I saw … read 'Rush In, Think Later.' This is precisely what the Bush administration has not done, though it's hard to say the same of certain peaceniks.
"Whatever military response the Bush administration and its allies may be planning, we are certainly not talking about any Vietnam-style napalming of innocents. Indeed, the United States is already providing aid to Afghan refugees. …
"[I]t has clearly dawned on the Bush administration that the goal of defeating international terrorism cannot possibly be furthered by bombing the [heck] out of starving Afghans. This realization could be observed in the careful tones of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld … on 'Meet the Press' …
"It's worth contrasting Rumsfeld's caution with the International A.N.S.W.E.R. protesters' repeated, hyperbolic denunciations of this nation's new 'racist war.' … The notion that U.S. military action, when it comes, will be somehow 'racist' is absurd. …
"But then, we shouldn't expect much charity toward the president from protesters capable of airing slogans like 'The Real Terrorist Works in the White House.'"
Chris Mooney, writing on "Preemptive Peace," Tuesday in the American Prospect Online at www.prospect.org

Religion of peace?
"[There is] an assertion that Islam is essentially a religion of peace and that the very word 'Islam' means 'peace.' Alas, not so. Islam means 'submission,' a very different matter. … Koranic teaching that the faith or 'submission' can be, and in suitable circumstances must be, imposed by force, has never been ignored. On the contrary, the history of Islam has essentially been a history of conquest and reconquest.
"It took half a millennium of reconquest to expel the Muslims from western Europe. The Crusades, far from being an outrageous prototype of western imperialism, as is taught in most of our schools, were a mere episode in a struggle that has lasted 1,400 years, and were one of the few occasions when Christians took the offensive to regain the 'occupied territories' of the Holy Land. …
"Moderate Muslim rulers are far more frightened of the terrorists than of Americans, and fear for their lives and families. The danger is that they will insist on qualification of American action that will amount, in effect, to appeasement, and that this in turn will divide and weaken both the administration and U.S. public opinion."
Paul Johnson, writing on "Relentlessly and Thoroughly," in the Oct. 15 issue of National Review

Three little words
"Diane Sawyer has earned a living by reading other people's words off a TelePrompTer. Funny, then, that she couldn't make it through one of the most famous sentences in American history without slipping up.
"At least it's funny until you look at the three little words she couldn't manage to get out while quoting from the Declaration of Independence during an ABC-TV Fourth of July broadcast. Then you have to wonder whether she made a statement or just a mistake.
"'We hold these truths to be self-evident,' Sawyer said, 'that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights, among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'
"What's missing? The phrase 'by their Creator' after 'endowed.' Oversight, or censorship?"
from "Whee! The People," in the October issue of Citizen

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