- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 23, 2001

USO tradition
"Yes, it's time to entertain those who are serving America. It's a tradition that goes back to World War II days, when Bob Hope would take beautiful showgirls such as Rita Hayworth to bring a little cheer to men in combat.
"Next month, the United Service Organizations known to almost every GI as the USO is planning a tour with Mr. Hope's successor, Wayne Newton, and a slew of young celebrities.
"The entertainers will sing, dance and crack jokes. Most important, they bring what the USO calls 'a touch of home' to soldiers thousands of miles away from family.
"Since Sept. 11, the USO has been flooded with phone calls from celebrities reportedly including Dave Matthews, Aerosmith, Chris Rock and Halle Berry who want to get in on the act. Later this year, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders will embark on their second tour.
"The USO tours have attracted names such as Marilyn Monroe, who entertained the troops in Korea. For 34 years, Hope visited military bases every December. He almost always sang his theme song 'Thanks for the Memories,' which has become a part of American culture."
Ron Scherer, writing on "Show business gets in the act of cheering troops," yesterday in the Christian Science Monitor

Coed jihad
"In some of the larger cities of Pakistan many women work, go to the movies, eat at McDonald's, wear pants and otherwise live a modern, Western-influenced life. But in certain areas, particularly in the Northwest Frontier Province, which abuts Afghanistan, many girls and young women spend much of their time in one of the more than 100 religious schools, or madrassahs, for women.
"Here they are steeped in Islamic fundamentalism. These madrassahs instill a religious ideology that is at the heart of the jihad now being waged against the United States.
"Girls as young as 5 and women as old as 65 attend madrassah. But generally, when a student turns 15 or 16, she weds in an arranged marriage and leaves school to start having babies. She spends almost all her time inside the home taking care of her children, praying and reading the Koran."
Lynsey Addario, writing on "Jihad's Women," in Sunday's New York Times Magazine

Plus a change
"The one unequivocally true statement in [the left-wing manifesto] 'Empire' is the observation that 'the merely cultural experimentation [of the 1960s] had very profound political and economic effects.' [Authors Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri] are both children of the 1960s.
"'Empire' dilates enthusiastically on the radical movement of the 1960s, on the great benefits of ingesting mind-altering drugs and the happy 'experimentation with new forms of productivity' undertaken by the feckless denizens of Haight-Ashbury and other ghettos of irresponsibility.
"A prime ingredient of the ideology of the 1960s was anti-Americanism. Susan Sontag spoke for many left-wing intellectuals when she excoriated American culture as 'inorganic, dead, coercive, authoritarian,' wrote that 'the white race is the cancer of human history,' and insisted that what America 'deserves' is to have its wealth 'taken away' by the Third World.
"Some things never change. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Sontag published an angry letter in The New Yorker lambasting 'the self-righteous drivel and outright deceptions being peddled by public figures,' including our 'robotic president,' who did not understand that those terrorists attacks were 'undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions.'
"Books like 'Empire' are not innocent academic inquiries. They are incitements to violence and terrorism."
Roger Kimball, writing on "The New Anti-Americanism" in the October 2001 issue of The New Criterion

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