- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 4, 2007

‘Jihad Jane’

“When I was a young teenager, the boys loved the sexy Jane Fonda in ‘Barbarella.’ After I became an American soldier and a Vietnam veteran, she was ‘Hanoi Jane’ to all of us. We were disgusted when she became a revolutionary and a communist sympathizer who sat on North Vietnamese anti-aircraft guns and gave aid and comfort to our enemy. …

“Fortunately, the average American is too smart to believe that Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn or Tim Robbins are anything more than struggling celebrities who would do almost anything to get their mugs plastered on television. …

“As a veteran of Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I am waiting for the ‘celebrities’ like Jane Fonda to make their trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for photo opportunities with the insurgent leaders. I can already picture Fonda holding an AK47 and wearing a suicide vest as she becomes cozy with the terrorists.

“After ‘Jihad Jane’ and her Hollywood pals sit on Haifa Street sipping tea with the insurgents, I hope they are permitted to leave with their heads.”

— Army Sgt. Chuck Grist, writing on ” ‘Hanoi Jane’ becomes ‘Jihad Jane,’ ” Thursday in the Orlando Sentinel

Identity future

“In the coming decades, questions of identity, meaning cultural heritage, language and religion, will play a central role in politics. …

“When you have increased migration of peoples and ethnic and religious minorities, you develop a set of rules and language the larger society can accept and the minority community can accept.

“The larger society has to recognize some degree of autonomy for the minority: the right to practice their own religion and way of life and to some extent their language. Many of the most difficult questions concerning the role of ethnic minorities centers on language. To what extent are they educated in their own language or in the national language? To what extent does the society formally or informally become a country of two national languages? Or is only one language used in the public proceedings, courts, legislatures, executive branch and politics? These, as we know, can become very tricky issues.”

— Samuel Huntington, interviewed by Amina R. Chaudary in the winter issue of New Perspectives Quarterly

Super symbols

“When Chicago won the NFC championship, the announcers celebrated Lovie Smith becoming the first black coach of a Super Bowl team. Three hours hence, Indianapolis took the AFC title, and they sheepishly congratulated Tony Dungy on becoming the second black coach of a Super Bowl team. All of which had the effect of canceling the novelty. Now it all looks a bit silly. While I wholeheartedly congratulate these two men on their excellence, I think this provides a golden opportunity to exorcise this species of idiocy.

“The segregation of achievement by race or national origin has always been an affront to the oversoul of America. Is there some qualitative quintessence in being the first Japanese-American NASCAR driver? The first American Indian jockey? The first Indian-American hockey player? The credo of the United States does not distinguish between creeds or raise race as a legitimate factor. Tribal tabulation of our tribulations is troubling.”

— Jay D. Homnick, writing on “The End of the Race,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www. spectator.org

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