- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 8, 2001

Nobles: Master Sgt. Jefferson Davis, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel H. Petithory and Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, the three members of the Army special forces who died in action this week.
They chose to be there doing one of the world's most dangerous jobs in one of the world's most dangerous places. True, they were warriors, but that wasn't really the reason. They were idealists. They volunteered to fight on the front lines of a far-off land, because that was where they were most needed.
That they were killed by an errant bomb from a B-52 during a bitter battle is paradoxically a testimony to their determination and their dedication. After all, they could have called in an air strike from a far greater, far safer distance. But that could have meant missing a target. So, like the passengers on Flight 93, like the policemen and firefighters at the World Trade Center, they went forward into danger.
President Bush said that the soldiers "died for a noble and just cause." Their cause, their calling, was perhaps the noblest of them all the defense of freedom.

Knave: Clayton Lee Waagner, a self-proclaimed "anti-abortion warrior," who was apprehended by U.S. marshals earlier this week.
Waagner was wanted for a such a long list of naughtiness that it would have made even St. Nick's head spin, including bank robbery, automobile theft and jailbreaking, for which he was named among the nation's "Ten Most Wanted." However, Waagner's most memorable work was with the mail he may have sent more than 550 hoax anthrax letters to abortion clinics within merely the last two months.
Even though authorities do not believe Waagner had anything to do with the lethal anthrax attacks that occurred simultaneously with his hoaxes, Waagner apparently believed he was on a mission from God. At an earlier trial, he proclaimed that after God called him to "be my warrior," he had been shadowing abortion clinics and gathering weapons in order to kill doctors who perform abortion. His religious fanaticism coupled with his wily survival skills made him as dangerous as any al Qaeda operative.
In a broad sense, that's exactly what Waagner was a member of the trailer-park Taliban. As Attorney General John Ashcroft said shortly after his arrest, "The United States is a safer and more secure place." It will be even safer when the Justice Department cracks down on other individuals and groups in the United States equally motivated by Waagner's zealotry, such as the members of the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front.
Regardless of its front, fanaticism doesn't stand a chance.

CORRECTION: In yesterday's editorial "The case of Capt. Burlingame," the branch of the armed forces in which he served was incorrectly identified. Capt. Charles Burlingame III was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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