Monday, November 12, 2001

“So it seems that the sins of the United States’ past make it impossible to judge the massacre of September 11, according to our 42nd president. Americans’ treatment of blacks and native Americans renders unequivocal moral judgment impossible.
“I must say that even I found Clinton’s comments [Wednesday at Georgetown University] truly shocking. I always thought he was a charlatan, but often a clear-headed one. This speech suggests he has imbibed any amount of leftist nonsense.
“But the truly revealing fact is that he calls upon America to be introspective, to look into ourselves for the causes of this massacre. Do you think that, since September 11, he has even for a second asked the same of himself? And I don’t mean as a prelude to launching a spin campaign to defend his legacy. I’m speaking of his negligence of our intelligence services, his contempt for foreign policy, his early betrayal of Bosnian Muslims (recently made much of by [Osama] bin Laden), his deeply counter-productive missile strikes in Sudan and Afghanistan, his allowing bin Laden to escape in 1996, and on and on.
“If any American deserves any guilt for laying the groundwork for September 11, Bill Clinton’s name must come at the top of most lists. How fitting that he should seek to deflect this fact by casting aspersions on the country whose highest office he besmirched and disgraced.”
Andrew Sullivan, writing on “Clinton Speaks,” Thursday at

Dark ‘Harry’
“[A]s American children eagerly anticipate the Nov. 16 release of the first Harry Potter motion picture, I pose the question: Does entertainment imitate life, or does life imitate entertainment?
“Last week, I came across flyers announcing ‘Harry Potter Day’ and inviting children to ‘attend a “potions” class at Hogwarts.’ The program is scheduled to take place at a public library and is sponsored by ExxonMobile. Such activities are being planned around the nation as Nov. 16 draws nearer, and children are gearing up.
“One of the most popular descriptions of the movie is ‘dark.’ In fact, director Chris Columbus told the Telegraph that ‘film two will be darker, three will be darker still and four will be in two parts.’ Columbus has already begun working on the film’s sequel. Indeed, banking on the book series’ popularity, the four additional films mentioned by Columbus have already been mapped out.
“It appears that using fear to entertain children has become mainstream in our society. But while such methods may turn huge profits for Hollywood and the countless beneficiaries of cross-promotion (fast-food gimmicks, toys, clothing lines, etc.), we parents must ask ourselves if we are responsibly raising the next generation by following this disturbing trend.”
Caryl Matrisciana, writing on “Entertainment at Any Cost,” Friday in World Net Daily at

A different war
“On Saturday, Sept. 29, America’s new peaceniks spent hours winding through the tense streets of Washington, D.C.
“Numerous signs declared ‘End Wage Disparity Now,’ as if Osama bin Laden and associates killed 6,000 people because they want a higher minimum wage. One intrepid soul was handing out ‘Free Mumia’ fliers.
“It’s not that protesting a war is wrong. Yet this is a different kind of war, even for the protesters. In the ‘60s, you could say things like ‘make love, not war.’ Just bring the boys home and it would be over the Ho Chi Minh trail couldn’t reach New York.
“But Osama bin Laden can. He proved it. Saying you are against the war is not enough. People will not listen unless you have a different way to keep terrorists from burning American cities.”
Sam MacDonald, writing on “What Are We Marchin’ For?” in the December issue of Reason

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