- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Ultimate goal
"Only on Sept. 11 did most Americans wake up to the threat that has been looming for years. This has been, until now, a totally one-sided war.
"Osama bin Laden is one capable terrorist. But he is much more than that.
"Bin Laden has worked throughout his terrorist career with many state sponsors including, but not limited to, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. So cunning is this mastermind of terror that he successfully bridged the ideological and religious gap between Sunnis and Shi'ites, he successfully brought together in partnership Iran and Iraq despite their bloody differences that resulted in a war that killed more than 1 million people, and he successfully has won the hearts and minds of millions of radical Muslims worldwide.
"The worst mistake we could make is to underestimate him and the vastness of his terrorist cabal, which includes many of our so-called 'allies' in this war.
"This is going to be a tougher fight than the West faced with communism. They will stop only when their ultimate goal is achieved or they are all dead."
Joseph Farah, writing on "The real bin Laden," yesterday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

'Their inner hawk'
"When anti-globalization activists tried to switch tracks into anti-American rallies, they found themselves deserted by their most powerful allies. As John Sweeney, head of the AFL-CIO, firmly stated, 'We deplore the assault, and we stand fully behind the leadership in this time of national crisis.' He urged his members to collect funds to aid victims' families. In Congress, domestic liberals are discovering their inner hawk.
"In the long war for the soul of national Democrats, the tide seems to be swinging back in the direction of Truman and Kennedy veterans, patriots, and ardent Cold Warriors who had no patience at all with moral equivalence.
"At the same time, George W. Bush is becoming a president rather like Truman and Kennedy, an energetic defender of national interests, who knows that domestic divides must take second place to his primary purpose of leading a nation and a world at war. If this means an alliance with labor on some things, then so be it, as labor may soon stand with him. The Democrats are purging themselves of the virus of nihilism, and the hard left is isolating itself."
Noemie Emery, writing on "Look Who's Waving the Flag Now," in the Oct. 15 issue of the Weekly Standard

Giving it away
"A sampling of the descriptive words used about Monica in the press tells the story: 'Pushy,' 'ambitious,' 'seductive,' 'zaftig,' 'typical Beverly Hills.'
"Men often delight in women who are as forthrightly and unapologetically sexual as Monica was, and women often loathe them. Other women see them as a sexual threat, someone who 'gives away' the sexual currency they hoard. And that threat is often displaced in complaints that these open women are vulgar, gauche, have no taste.
"I've known several women like Monica (only some of them Jewish). In college I was friends with a girl who was short and voluptuous . She had dyed raven-black hair that went to her waist. She was outrageously flirtatious and went to parties dressed to seduce. She was also unfailingly kind and generous yet the most common thing other women asked me about her was, 'How can you like her?'
"Underneath the resentment directed at that sort of woman is the idea that she has gone too far."
Charles Taylor, writing on "Our Monica, Ourselves," yesterday in Salon at www.salon.com

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