- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 4, 2002

The riot act
"My eyes are sticky from the smoke, I have a code-red, four-alarm, exhaustion headache, and my nose still stings from the pepper-spray that police kept firing into the crowd. That said, last night's melee at the University of Maryland, following the Terps' victory in the NCAA basketball tournament, was, as riots go, pretty tame. … All things considered, the evening could have turned out much worse.
"Still, you have to wonder why we tolerate condone even this kind of destructive [behavior] from coddled, affluent suburban kids, many of whose only encounter with 'social injustice' was when Daddy refused to buy them a new Land Rover until their 17th birthday. …
"Not that the event was unusual. Such outbreaks of stupidity have become a regular occurrence at campuses across the country. … Apparently, inner city residents of Detroit and Los Angeles aren't the only ones who like to celebrate the home team's wins with a little violence and vandalism. These days, pampered middle-class students on leafy suburban campuses also want a piece of the action."
Michelle Cottle, writing on "Terps and Perps," Tuesday in New Republic Online at www.tnr.com

The party line
"[I]n 'Woman's Inhumanity to Woman,' [feminist theorist Phyllis] Chesler not only details the varieties of 'indirect aggression' conventional women inflict on each other she comes clean about some pretty ugly battles within the ranks of feminism's elite as well. …
"She is breaking ranks with a group that, she writes, gave her 'the most romantic and liberating experience of my life,' but one that can be merciless to apostates. In her introduction she describes telling 'an old feminist friend … a celebrated writer for whom I have great respect' about her project. To her dismay, her friend took a dim view of it:
"'"I think you should be writing about how men oppress women, not about what oppressed people do in order to survive." She said this smugly, sternly, and sanctimoniously … Here was a feminist writer who had pre-judged an intellectual work, who was reluctant to even read a book if it did not seem to espouse the party line.'
"That Chesler should be astonished by this is in itself astonishing, as anyone who has ever dared to question this party line can testify."
Laura Miller, writing on "Backstabbers," March 29 in Salon at www.salon.com

Seeking martyrdom
"They decided to take me as a prisoner, a deportee, or to kill me. No. I say to them [that I will be] a martyr, a martyr, a martyr and a martyr. …
"Let those far and near understand: None, among the Palestinian people or the Arab nation, will be willing to bow and surrender. But we ask Allah to grant us martyrdom, to grant us martyrdom. To Jerusalem we march martyrs by the millions. …
"I seek martyrdom. Allah, grant it to me. Am I better than that heroic youth Fares Odeh (a 13-year-old Palestinian boy killed by Israeli troops in 2000)? We are seekers of martyrdom. We are all seekers of martyrdom. The entire Palestinian people is a seeker of martyrdom. …
"Should I surrender Jerusalem to them? Who can accept such a thing? Tell me, who can accept such a thing? … They are the plunderers, the murderers, the real terrorists in the entire world, in the entire world. We are the only people in the world under occupation."
Yasser Arafat, interviewed March 29 by Arabic TV station Al Jazeera, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute


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