- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

Stuck in 1968
"In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, analysts were divided about its meaning. For some, including President Bush, it represented 'the first war of the 21st century.' What recent anti-war demonstrations have shown, however, is that our current crisis can be also be viewed as the last battle of the Vietnam War.
"Those demonstrations, and much intellectual commentary surrounding them, show a familiar scene: the usual suspects wielding the usual slogans and using idealistic (not to mention historically ignorant) youth as their fodder. However, over the past 35 years, their argument has been gradually stripped to its essence, until now little remains but its hard core, the twin towers of anti-Americanism and pure naivete.
"When the United States was attacked on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, without warning and without provocation, the target was our own people on our own soil. Yet, even before we responded the slogans and the protests continued, as if the World Trade Center was Vietnam. Osama bin Laden has joined the Viet Cong in the Manhattan Delta, and our protestors are unfazed. For them, nothing has changed. No one can take seriously any longer the anti-war argument of 1968."
Andrew E. Busch, writing on "Osama bin Laden in the Manhattan Delta," an October editorial for the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at www.ashbrook.org

ACLU hysteria
"Does the ACLU have too much time on its hands? [A]t Breen Elementary School in Rocklin, Calif. angry parents squared off against the ACLU. The message 'God Bless America' is currently displayed on the school's outside marquee, which prompted local ACLU officials to mobilize into full thought-police mode. According to a letter sent to the school from Margaret Crosby, the sign 'must be replaced immediately' because it symbolizes 'a hurtful, divisive message.'
"Crosby's letter continued: 'By displaying a religious message, the Breen Elementary School is dividing its young students along religious lines. School officials are hurting and isolating their schoolchildren of minority faiths when they should be supporting them and the values of pluralism and tolerance.'
"This is unnecessary hysteria in wartime. 'God Bless America' signs are ubiquitous across the country and probably will be for a long time. Why hasn't the ACLU attempted to silence celebrities who sing the Irving Berlin song at telethons?
"I suggest Crosby visit New York City, the most culturally diverse city in the world, and take a look at the thousands of 'God Bless America' stickers, hand-drawn signs and posters on display in Korean and Pakistani bodegas and newsstands, restaurant windows and cabs."
Russ Smith, writing on "Wartime Notes," in the Oct. 10 issue of New York Pre

Back from the dead
"'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,' television's most occultic teen show, reached ever deeper into that dark world for its Oct. 2 season premiere.
"The two-hour, premiere special, airing at 8 p.m. during what was once known as 'the family hour,' featured: A bloody knifing of a fawn; lesbian 'romance' scenes; prayers to pagan gods, a girl vomiting up a snake, and more.
"Buffy was thought by all to be dead. She was killed off in the show's final season on the WB Network, which then canceled the program. Now the teen occult icon has risen from the dead, as it were, with new episodes airing on the UPN Network.
"The season premiere of Buffy was a prime example of how much the occult has invaded teen entertainment."
Carmelo Torres, writing on "Buffy Goes Over the Edge," Oct. 4 at Concerned Women for America at www.cwfa.o

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