- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 9, 1999

Only the beginning

“After the Battle in Seattle one thing is certain: The next WTO confab will be held somewhere like Singapore or Jakarta. The corporate-dominated trade regiment enforced by the WTO is generating so much opposition that it can meet only under the sort of armed protection provided by a military state… .
” We refuse to be marketized,’ AFSCME leader Gerald McEntee, an avid Clinton-Gore advocate, told the cheering [AFL-CIO] rally… .
“Seattle is only the beginning. We’re not going to sit idly by and let them seize our world without a fight,’ International Longshoreman president Brian McNally told the electrified AFL-CIO rally. Are you ready to fight?’ he yelled to the roaring thousands. Are you ready to fight?’ “
Marc Cooper, writing on “Street Fight in Seattle,” in the Dec. 20 issue of the Nation.

Murderous power

” The Black Book of Communism,’ which is finally appearing in English, is an extraordinary and almost unspeakably chilling book. It is a major study that deepens our understanding of communism and poses a philosophical and political challenge that cannot be ignored. The book’s central argument … is that the history of communism should be read above all as the history of an all-out assault on society by a series of conspiratorial cliques led by cruel dictators (Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung, Pol Pot, and dozens of imitators) who were murderously drunk on their own ideology and power.
“There is also a second argument … that had provoked … much angry debate. It is that, given the nature and the magnitude of the crimes committed in its name, communism was fully the equal of Nazism as one of the supreme evils of our century.”
Michael Scammel, writing on “The Price of an Idea,” in the Dec. 20 issue of New Republic.

No absolutes

“When [Bill] Bradley was 25, he proudly broadcast his faith in Christ and exhorted others to live a biblical life. First, in an interview in the March 1968 issue of Christian Athlete, the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s flagship magazine. And then in a declaration of faith published shortly thereafter by the American Tract Society …
“Today Bradley says he now resists the exclusivity of “true believers” ‘ and accepts all faiths. People everywhere in the world seem more than ever to yearn for inner peace, a oneness with themselves and their world,’ he wrote in 1996. Christianity offers one way to achieve it; Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism offer others.’ …
“As a seasoned Democrat, he’s also acutely aware that there’s little place for absolutes in politics, especially post-Clinton politics, where religion, morality and culture are all relative to what victim group you’re courting that day or what police state you’re engaging in the name of global harmony. The days of a viable candidate for president defining anything in terms so absolute as evil,’ least of all a nuclear superpower as Ronald Reagan did during the Cold War … are long gone …
“Bradley’s faith has withered under the klieg lights of Washington. National politics has become a purely secular enterprise thanks in large part to the media elite’s almost pathological fear of a theocracy and, out of that, their need to tar anyone who praises God as a right-wing kook with extra chromosomes.”
Paul Sperry, writing on “Unborn Again Bill Bradley,” in the December/January issue of American Spectator.

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