- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 6, 2002

The loony left
"History did not repeat itself in New York City this weekend, and the expected trashing of Manhattan by anti-globalization anarchists did not happen.
"Maybe the NYPD didn't give them any openings, or the anarchists simply lost their nerve. Whatever the case, the World Economic Forum sparked about 200 arrests, but no serious trouble of the sort seen in Genoa, Seattle, and elsewhere.
"Peaceful though it was, the big protest has nevertheless been a loony-left freak-a-palooza a pageant of political pathology and convocation of kookery peopled by folks as silly as they are ineffective. Which makes them no more unusual than the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, mind you, but at least the MLA doesn't take to the streets of a city mortally wounded in wartime to trash their country and its leader.
"Anti-capitalism was the leitmotif of the day, but there were on hand Trotskyists, Maoists, feminists, vegetarians, animal-rightsers, AIDS activists, lesbians (lapel pin: 'I'm a gay liberal vegetarian!'), pro-Palestinian enthusiasts, druggies, performance artists, Naderites, pacifists, the New York Men Against Sexism, and sundry hirsute rabble. As I reckoned it, 95 percent of the marchers were white, and well over half looked to be college age, and many were videotaping each other, no doubt for their senior thesis at Bennington."
Rod Dreher, writing on "Among the Protesters," Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Holiday Inn
"How do you classify [as prisoners of war] a gang of trained civilian murderers that is to say, murderers of civilians who have no rank, no serial number and as many names as they have or had passports?
"And as for the gusher of pious rage that sprang up from the dumb release of that wretched photograph of detainees shackled for a hazardous moment or two, I can only offer the first-hand testimony of a serious and respected British correspondent who's just been down there.
"He says, frankly, that what he saw for years in the prisons of Northern Ireland made Guantanamo look like a Holiday Inn.
"He found the men well-fed, with hot Muslim meals apart from various snacks and candy bars. They enjoy hot showers, they write home, they have room to jump around in.
"Perhaps the Pentagon would make up for its dumb blunder by releasing a new, true photograph of the whole 158 detainees standing alongside the 161 surgeons, doctors, paramedics and nurses assigned to them 161 for 158 patients, a ratio of personal medical care unknown I should think to prisoners anywhere or even I daresay to the English newspaper editors who are so outraged by the barbarity of American treatment."
Alistair Cook, writing on "Aftermath of War," Monday in BBC News at www.bbc.co.uk

Culture change
"Starting with the Tax Reform Act of 1963, Congress dismantled those federal income-tax measures that had encouraged marriage and the birth of children. The U.S. government [which had been] pro-birth in its policies as late as 1963, fell under a cloud of Malthusian gloom in the mid-1960s. Within 10 years, the Title X program warred against human fertility within our borders; USAID outside them.
"Equally great changes took place in the culture. Television shifted from the 'family sitcoms' that still haunt the cable channels ('Father Knows Best,' 'The Donna Reed Show,' 'Ozzie and Harriet,' 'Leave It to Beaver') to 'Three's Company,' then 'Murphy Brown,' then 'Friends.'
"In short, all of the political and cultural forces that had helped restore family life in America [in the 1950s] fell into disarray."
Allan Carlson, writing on "The Radical Change in American Culture," in the December issue of the Family in America

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