- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2001

California Reagan

"Drive through the Midwest on I-80 and you will see a sign for 'Ronald Reagan's Birthplace' somewhere in the vicinity of Tampico, Ill. It is merely an accident of geography for there can be no more native a son of the Golden State than 'Dutch' Reagan. Those dark waves of hair, those inoffensive good looks, that arsenal of witty quips surely these attributes marked him as a young man destined to make it big.

"In 1939, he headed West. His years in Hollywood were a heady ascent from B to A-list roles; then, in the early '60s, his career dried up. But, as any true Californian would do, he reinvented himself. He auditioned for the role of governor. He got the part. He looked like a governor right out of Central Casting as he warned those hippies at U.C. Berkeley to get a haircut.

"The past few years, locked in the mind-erasing grip of Alzheimer's disease, [Reagan] has retreated from the public eye. The man who knocked the Iron Curtain down with sheer will power, who took a slug in the lung and came back quipping, the man who personifies those uniquely California vibes has left the limelight."

Andrew Berg, writing on "Reaganetics" in the Summer issue of Detour


Appeasement

"One of the amazing things about the far left's embrace of the anti-American ideology of some in the Middle East is their willful blindness about what these fanatics actually believe in.

"Susan Sontag, for example, is a Jew. Does she honestly believe that America is responsible for more evil than a bunch of Muslim fanatics who would gas her in a second if they could? Could any gay person seriously argue for appeasement of people who would execute them on the spot if they lived under their rule? Could any serious feminist not believe in opposing fanatics who would eviscerate the slightest shred of freedom for women?

"I just don't get it. Liberals of all people should be the most serious about fighting this scourge. Is their hatred of America that deep?

"As to bin Laden's vicious anti-Semitism, check the PBS interview out. Here are my choice excerpts from the Goebbels of Afghanistan: 'The enmity between us and the Jews goes far back in time and is deep-rooted. The leaders in America and in other countries as well have fallen victim to Jewish Zionist blackmail. Take the sensitive ministries such as the Ministry of Exterior and the Ministry of Defense and the CIA, you will find that the Jews have the upper hand in them.'

"This isn't like Nazism. In its pathological, paranoid hatred of the Jews, it is Nazism. And these guys want to appease it again?"

From "Bin Laden's Mein Kampf" posted Sept. 19 on www.andrewsullivan.com


'Underlying causes'

"On Sept. 17, a panel of Yale professors met to consider the implications of the terror attacks on New York and Washington Sept. 11.

"No one seems to have challenged the primacy of concerns expressed by history professor Paul Kennedy and Strobe Talbott, director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, that focused on the reasons that caused the perpetrators to act and our need to understand and sympathize with them.

"Kennedy suggested that the great power of the United States, its extraordinary influence in the world on international organizations, the attractive power of its political and social ideas seen as 'offensive cultural messages' understandably provoke hatred, as they would in us if the roles were reversed. He further said it might be better if we ceased being so powerful, if we reduced our engagement around the world, and if we stopped being so sure our way is best.

"Talbott emphasized other 'underlying causes' of terrorism, the gap between haves and have-nots, the understandable anger of those who are the losers in the modern globalized world. 'It is,' he said, 'from the desperate, angry and bereaved that these suicide pilots came.'"

Donald Kagan, writing on "Faculty Perspective," Monday in the Weekly Standard's Web site, www.weeklystandard.com

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