- The Washington Times - Monday, October 22, 2001

Brush with Osama
It is a most amazing fact that before he was sworn into Congress, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican and a former senior speechwriter to President Reagan, was marching in Afghanistan, a member of a small mujahideen unit engaging in battle against Russian forces in and around the city of Jalalabad.
"We at one point in that march came across a camp of tents," says Mr. Rohrabacher, who is today a senior member of the House International Relations Committee and an authority on the Middle East.
"They were white tents and you could see them in the distance," he says, "and I was told at that point I must not speak English for at least another three hours, because the people in those tents were Saudi Arabians under a crazy commander named [Osama] bin Laden, and that bin Laden was so crazy he wanted to kill Americans as much as he wanted to kill Russians. Thus, I must keep my mouth shut or we would be attacked by those forces, by those forces under bin Laden."
Mr. Rohrabacher, who wore a beard at the time like many in his mujahideen unit, did as he was told and kept his mouth shut.

Peace recipe
It was in 1987, during the now-historic Ronald Reagan-Mikhail Gorbachev U.S.-Soviet summit, that Vivian Deuschl, Washington-based worldwide media ambassador for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., began her tradition of placing dove-shaped "peace cookies" on world leaders' pillows each night.
She was delighted a short time later when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down (whether her cookie recipe was responsible has never been determined).
Now the nation has entered a new century and a new war, and sure enough, President and Mrs. Bush found Mrs. Deuschl's peace cookies placed on their pillows at the Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai, where the president has just wrapped up the world economic summit.
And yes, that was "The Yellow Rose of Texas" that the Portman's Chinese lounge entertainers learned to play in Mr. Bush's honor.

September 11
We are overwhelmed to report that Inside the Beltway readers in almost 50 states submitted names for the new national day of mourning and remembrance to be held every Sept. 11, per congressional resolution by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott.
Americans on that calendar day each year are asked to lower U.S. flags to half-staff and observe a moment of silence. Mr. Daschle has not given the national day an official name yet, saying "every description has fallen short."
We'd like to thank all of our readers who submitted suggestions, particularly those who took the time to explain in great length their thoughts behind each selection. We wish we could print them all. Here are just a few of the name suggestions:
Steve E. Rice, Aloha, Ore. Homeland Defense Day
Earl P. Harrison, Ridge Manor, Fla. National Unification Day
Dr. Mark S. Cramer We the People Day
Melinda Hubl American Heroes Day
Priscilla Cain, Rock Hill, S.C. USA Day
Lorrie Griffith, Upper Marlboro, Md. National Day of Unity
Retired Air Force Col. Pete Alexandrakos Spirit of America Day
Ann Meyer, Iowa City, Iowa Americans United Day
Delphine Trimble, Athens, Ga. Freedom Day
Tom Farrand Eternal Vigilance Day
Mark W. Ferrell Let Freedom Ring Day
Tom Reagan, Baton Rouge, La. Free Trade Day
Carolyn Rahal, Gaithersburg, Md. National Pride Day
Terry Thomas, New Oxford, Pa. Remembrance Day
Donna Wilson, Alexandria, Va. 911 Day
Darrell W. Fuller, Portland, Ore. Allegiance Day
Timothy J. McNamara, Rochester, N.Y. One World Day
Margaret O'Neil America the Beautiful Day
Marguaret Peterson, Sacramento, Calif. Remember September Day
Dennis Donovan, Loveland, Colo. Eagle Day
Tim Pease, Hannibal, N.Y. Let's Roll Day
Luke Morey, Burbank, Calif. Reaffirmation Day
David Little, Reno, Nev. Patriot Day
Bobby Florentz Indivisible Day
Joe Rigney, Hurricane, W.Va. All Patriots Day
John R. Nybakken, Palmdale, Calif. Recommitment Day
David L. Curry Resolution Day
Tom Peeler, Raymond, Miss. Worst Mistake They Every Made In Their Lives Day


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