- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 18, 2001

Familiar hatred
"The overwhelming majority of Arab Muslims do not want an accommodation with Israel. They want its obliteration and the expulsion or murder of every Jew that lives there. This anti-Semitism is openly fostered and fomented by many of the 'moderate' Arab regimes we are now busy cozying up to. It is widely believed across the Muslim world.
"One of our greatest mistakes in the past few years has been to avoid calling this what it is: a sickness that only half a century ago was responsible for the greatest crime in the history of mankind. Why, one wonders, have no Western leaders confronted this ugly truth and condemned it? Why hasn't the Pope? The rhetoric of [Osama] bin Laden is not simply fundamentalist. In its structure and paranoia, it is not so different from the doctrines propagated by Hitler. These bin Laden-supporting Muslims want non-Muslims expelled from a wide swath of Arab territory. They want Lebensraum, and the primary victim of such Lebensraum will once again be the Jews.
"Israel may not be the first cause cited by bin Laden but it surely is a critical one. Once again, we are faced with an expansionist, terrorist ideology that uses the demonization of Jews as one of its major rallying cries. What more do we need to know?"
Andrew Sullivan, writing on "The Psychosis We Won't Name," Monday at www.andrewsullivan.com


Model behavior
"Note to Leonardo DiCaprio: You might want to give your girlfriend Giselle Bundchen a call. It sounds like she got a little freaked out this weekend.
"It seems that as the Brazilian supermodel made her way by rail from Paris to London after a heavy succession of ready-to-wear shows, the train she was riding in came to a screeching halt before entering the Channel Tunnel. Suddenly, a group of foreign asylum seekers stormed the train, desperately trying to board and frightening the vast array of fashion industry types on board.
"'You could see people running around beside the train,' [said] Bundchen's traveling companion Massimo Redaelli.
"'Everyone stayed quite calm,' Redaelli recalled, 'but it was very frightening, I can tell you.'
"And given the fact that Bundchen was all a-tremble over a simple haircut two weeks ago, you can imagine how she reacted to the whole thing.
"'I was so scared!' she told Women's Wear Daily just after having her tresses trimmed. 'My head and neck feel light, and when I shampoo, I feel like something's missing.'
"Naaah. That joke's just too easy."
Amy Reiter, writing on "Model mayhem," Tuesday in Salon at www.salon.com


Alpha Wolf
"Early in the presidential year 2000, the feminist writer Naomi Wolf enjoyed a brief notoriety as the woman hired by Al Gore to advise him on his personal style, at a cool $15,000 a month. From her well-publicized lectures on the subject of the alpha male, there flowed Gore's emergence in earth tones. How many voters said to themselves that a man who could do this should never be president?
"There are, it seems, two Naomi Wolfs, two different sides of one coin. The first, capable of rigor and insight, is the one who in 1995 stunned her feminist sisters with the unwelcome news that abortion kills babies. The second, a prototypical liberal feminist boomer with the signature flaws of her generation, conflates personal taste with universal experience, cultivates a sense of just deserts that exceeds all rationality, shows an embarrassing weakness for New Age inanities, and thinks there is no human woe that cannot be cured by a government program and no human desire that cannot be satisfied by means of a large, noisy 'movement.'"
Noemie Emery, writing on "Mommie Dearest," in the October issue of Commentary


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