- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 13, 2001

Destroy evil
"The forces of barbarism have clearly struck an extraordinary blow against freedom. This is not about the United States alone. It is about the survival of free societies in an open, interconnected world where forces deeply hostile to freedom can wage a new kind of war against our humanity and our success.
"Words fail me. But my hope is that this will awaken the sleeping tiger. When our shock recedes, our rage must be steady and resolute and unforgiving. The response must be disproportionate to the crime and must hold those states and governments that have tolerated this evil accountable. This is the single most devastating act of war since Nagasaki.
"It is the first time that an enemy force has invaded the precincts of the American capital since the early 19th century. It is more dangerous than Pearl Harbor. And it is a reminder that the forces of resentment and evil — so prominent only recently in the Durban [U.N. racism] conference — can no longer be appeased. They must be destroyed — systematically, durably, irrevocably. Perhaps now we will summon the will to do it."
—Andrew Sullivan, writing on "Evil," Tuesday at www.andrewsullivan.com

Killer victim
"Andrea Yates, the Houston mother who drowned her five children last June, is the newest feminist icon. The National Organization for Women is rallying around her. Diana Lynn-Barnes of the Center for Postpartum Health sounded the battle cry: 'Women are mad as hell, and they are not going to take it anymore. There's a vast amount of compassion for Andrea Yates because they can see how one could go down this road. She's a victim of a culture that says women come last.' Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen invoked the 'insidious cult of motherhood' to explain Yates' actions.
"Turning Ms. Yates into a feminist cause is the kind of gimmickry we have come to expect from groups like NOW. But turning her into a poster girl for postpartum depression risks badly misleading the very women that the organization hopes to educate.
"Andrea Yates is not a symbol of motherhood under duress, nor of the embattled state of the American woman. To portray her as such is a cynical move that trivializes a serious mental illness and misinforms women about their risk of committing one of humanity's most unspeakable acts."
—Sally Satel, writing on "The Newest Feminist Icon — a Killer Mom," in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal

Pop hypocrisy
"Remember '80s rock stars' vapid, all-star recordings of 'We Are the World' and 'Do They Know It's Christmas'?
"Neither achieved its purpose, raising little money for the poor and hungry they were designed to help. But it made selfish, millionaire rock stars feel good about themselves for preaching charity to us, and it got them great publicity.
"Now, the rock stars of the new millennium want to do it all over again.
"The latest effort has extra hypocrisy written all over it. It's a pop-and-rockers' attempt to educate America's kids about AIDS, that it 'is still a crushing problem.'
"Rockers lecturing about AIDS? Huh? It's like the Rosie O'Donnell Guide to Being Thin.
"And three of the biggest participants in this endeavor organized by U2's Bono — Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, and Jennifer Lopez — are the last people on earth who should speak out on AIDS. They're the most prominent sex-merchants in America.
"Britney — the most exposed non-porn star in the U.S. — dresses like she might be going into the world's oldest profession. Yet, she's the most popular role model for young girls today."
—Debbie Schlussel, writing on "Britney, Beyonce & J'Lo help cure AIDS?" Tuesday in World Net Daily at www. worldnetdaily.com

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