- The Washington Times - Monday, October 15, 2001

Killer against killer
Stories from around the country tell of hardened criminals, from the confines of their prison cells, ready to wage personal war against Osama bin Laden and his band of terrorists.
Now we learn that one of Washington's most notorious multiple murderers, Hadden Clark, is itching to go man to man with bin Laden. Clark, serving 70 years at the Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup, has just written his wishes to well-known author Adrian Havill, who just completed a biography of the serial killer.
"Afghanistan has special significance for Clark," Mr. Havill tells this column. "He reminded me that when he was in the Navy he did a world tour aboard the USS Carl Vinson and also served aboard a similar vessel, the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Both ships are presently said to be in the Indian Ocean, where aircraft regularly leave their decks for bombing missions to Kabul and Kandahar. Clark decorated his letter to me with a drawing of an American flag and signed off, 'God Bless America.'
"For some reason, prisoners are super patriots when it comes to their country," observes Mr. Havill, who adds Clark is willing to go cave hunting in Afghanistan to settle the score with bin Laden.

Osama's allies
In the month-old U.S. war against terrorism, President Bush faces two enemies: the terrorists themselves and a left-wing element in the United States.
Just ask Peter Beinart, editor of the liberal opinion weekly the New Republic, who is all but signing on as a speechwriter for the Bush White House.
Recently, Mr. Beinart notes, the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) hosted a panel on "How to Think about the Islamic-Afghan Terrorist Threat."
The moderator was Charles H. Fairbanks Jr., director of SAIS' Central Asia-Caucasus Institute.
"In his extemporaneous presentation," Mr. Beinart writes, "Fairbanks said the United States could respond to September 11 in one of two ways. It could retaliate against the governments that supported the attack. Or it could limit its response to Osama bin Laden and his followers."
Mr. Fairbanks, a self-described conservative, argued for the former, in part because the United States wouldn't be able to find bin Laden himself. He added: "I'll bet anyone here a Koran on that."
A woman in the crowd interrupted, calling Mr. Fairbanks' remarks, which spoke bluntly of U.S. enemies in the Middle East, "a pathetic attempt at stand-up comedy," and accused him of "innuendos intended to encourage and to assist people in conducting hate crimes toward Muslims."
"Fairbanks tried to regain the floor, but she interrupted him again," Mr. Beinart notes. "He apologized for the Koran comment, but when she interrupted him yet again, he called for her to be removed. Security never came, but eventually the woman stopped speaking and the forum ended."
A few days later, Stephen Szabo, interim dean of SAIS, was concerned Mr. Fairbanks' comments might be deemed offensive and requested the moderator issue a letter of regret.
"Fairbanks agreed," says Mr. Beinart. "The two men negotiated the wording and a letter was sent to everyone who had been invited to the panel. Fairbanks thought the unpleasantness was over."
But two days later Mr. Fairbanks was fired, with Mr. Szabo eliminating his SAIS position altogether (the dean would later reverse his decision, and allow Mr. Fairbanks to continue as director).
What gives?
"Ever since September 11, the American left has been warning that war fever threatens free speech," says Mr. Beinart. "But patriotism didn't cost Charles Fairbanks his job. He [temporarily] lost his job because of identity politics paranoia.
"In other words, he lost his job because of the culture of the American left. And his case reminds us that when the left condemns the war against terrorism for threatening free speech, its real motive may not be devotion to free speech at all. Its real motive may simply be hostility to the war against terrorism."

Whoops
He's one of the top designers of political and patriotic paraphernalia in the country, but even Brian Harlin, owner of the Washington-based GOP Shoppe, can have "one of those days."
"A nice customer, who happens to be an editor, pointed out to me that our original use [emblazoned on T-shirts and buttons] of 'W. Stands for Whooping' should have read 'W. Stands for Whupping.' Thankfully, the shirts were not [distributed] yet, and the editor now has some free shirts," notes Mr. Harlin.
Although a few customers responded that the "Whupping" slogan is "mean-spirited," Mr. Harlin says the shirts are going like hot cakes.

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