- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2001

Narrowing the field
Three state lawmakers and an optometrist remain in the hunt for the Arkansas congressional seat vacated by Asa Hutchinson when he became the Drug Enforcement Administration chief.
Voters in the Republican stronghold in northwestern Arkansas decided two special primaries Tuesday, narrowing the field to state Reps. Mike Hathorn and Jo Carson on the Democratic side and state Sen. Gunner DeLay and optometrist John Boozman in the Republican race, the Associated Press reports.
One-time Republican front-runner Jim Hendren did not make the cut in the primary to succeed Mr. Hutchinson, his uncle. Mr. Hendren, a father of four, admitted barely a month before the primary that he had a yearlong affair with a married woman.
"Obviously, it had a political effect and it had a personal effect," Mr. Hendren, a former state representative, said Tuesday night.
The candidates will repeat their efforts in an Oct. 16 runoff, with the winners facing off in a Nov. 20 special election.

Horowitz's plea
David Horowitz, who in 1962 as a student at the University of California at Berkeley helped organize the first protests against the Vietnam War, has bought full-page ads in more than 30 college newspapers warning today's anti-war protesters against repeating the mistakes of his generation and lending comfort to the enemy.
"If I had one regret from my radical years," Mr. Horowitz says in the ad, "it is that this country was too tolerant towards the treason of its enemies within. If patriotic Americans had been more vigilant in the defense of their country, if they had called things by their right names, if they had confronted us with the seriousness of our attacks, they might have caught the attention of those of us who were well-meaning, if utterly misguided. And they might have stopped us in our tracks."
He added: "This appeal is for those of you who are out there today attacking your country, full of your own self-righteousness, but who one day might also live to regret what you have done."

Surprising alliance
"Back in those innocent days of late 1998 when the gravest crisis facing the nation was whether the president had lied under oath about sex, the chambers of the House Judiciary Committee were a cauldron of partisan passions. Amid the flames of impeachment, the most blazing firebrands on either side were right-wing Georgia Republican Bob Barr and left-wing California Democrat Maxine Waters," USA Today columnist Walter Shapiro writes.
"That's why a small moment during Monday's House Judiciary hearing on anti-terrorism legislation was fraught with larger significance. While questioning Justice Department officials, Barr made a stirring statement asking whether the government was trying 'to take advantage of what is obviously an emergency situation to obtain authorities that it has been unable to obtain previously?' A few minutes later, a stunned Waters commented, 'I'm finding myself agreeing with Mr. Barr, and that's extraordinary and unprecedented for me.'
"In these extraordinary times, few developments have been as surprising as the shared determination by conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats alike to tread cautiously in rewriting the nation's laws to meet the terrorist threat," the columnist said.

Attitude toward terror
"Less than a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush appeared at the Islamic Center in Washington, standing with various leaders of Muslim groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American Muslim Council (AMC) to make a public show of support for American Muslims, as ugly acts of violence and intimidation were made against Muslims and Arab-Americans," Jake Tapper writes at the Internet magazine Salon (www.salon.com).
But Mr. Tapper questioned whether these particular groups should be portrayed as representative voices of American Muslims, whether those organizations actually oppose Muslim terrorists.
"CAIR went so far as to include the court conviction of [Sheik Omar] Abdul-Rahman on a list of 'hate crimes against Muslims.' And CAIR's founder, Nihad Awad, wrote in the Muslim World Monitor that the World Trade Center trial, which ended in the conviction in 1994 of four Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, was 'a travesty of justice.' According to Awad and despite the confessions of the terrorists from the 1993 attack 'there is ample evidence indicating that both the Mossad and the Egyptian Intelligence played a role in the explosion.'
"Leaders of the AMC also have expressed concern for the 1993 World Trade Center terrorists who, it should be remembered, differ only from the Sept. 11 bombers in efficiency. 'I believe that the judge went out of his way to punish the defendants harshly and with vengeance, and to a large extent, because they were Muslim,' Abdurahman Alamoudi, then the executive director of the AMC, wrote to his members on Aug. 20, 1994."

Unlikely choice
"Heads and tongues are wagging all over Washington at the selection of Rep. Gary Condit, California Democrat, to be a member of a new House subcommittee on terrorism and security that was formed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist assault on Washington and New York," United Press International reports in its "Capitol Comment" column.
"As one wag put it, 'Why would we want someone on a committee that is supposed to encourage cooperation between law enforcement agencies who can't cooperate with law enforcement agencies' a reference to the continued suspicion that Condit was less then helpful in his dealings with officials investigating the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy, with whom the very-married congressman has been romantically linked."

Scolding Maher
The White House press secretary scolded the host of "Politically Incorrect" yesterday for calling some past U.S. military actions cowardly.
The host, Bill Maher, said on his show last week: "We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly."
Then, referring to terrorists who hijacked four jetliners and crashed them Sept. 11, he said: "Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly."
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said he remained troubled by the remark, the Associated Press reports.
"It's a terrible thing to say, and it's unfortunate," Mr. Fleischer said. "There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is."

Columnist skedaddled
The Grants Pass, Ore., Daily Courier fired a columnist who wrote about President Bush "hiding in a Nebraska hole" instead of returning to Washington immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Dan Guthrie told the Associated Press that publisher Dennis Mack fired him from his job as columnist and copy editor because of negative reaction to his Sept. 15 column.
Mr. Guthrie wrote that Bush "skedaddled" after the attacks. "Most of his aides and Cabinet members split for secret locations, too." He said that, compared with passengers who tackled terrorists aboard a jet that crashed in Pennsylvania, "the picture of Bush hiding in a Nebraska hole becomes an embarrassment."
The columnist dismissed as "feeble excuses" White House explanations about Secret Service concerns that Mr. Bush may have been a target of the terrorists.
After receiving hundreds of letters criticizing the column, the newspaper ran an editorial by Editor Dennis Roler apologizing to readers.
"Criticism of our chief executive and those around him needs to be responsible and appropriate," Mr. Roler wrote. "Labeling him and the nation's other top leaders as cowards as the United States tries to unite after its bloodiest terrorist attack ever isn't responsible or appropriate."

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