- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Film fantasy
"[T]he original appeal of 'Star Wars' flowed from a single sentence: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.' This was, beyond a doubt, one of the most brilliant, and simply so, introductions to a movie ever conceived. In those 10 words, the audience was told, 'everything you need to know about this movie will be contained in this movie.' You didn't need to bring anything to the movie, no knowledge of history, no literary fluency, nothing. As the best science fiction and fantasy always does, 'Star Wars' presented the audience with a take-it-or-leave-it alternative reality.
"[L]ike all good fantasy, 'Star Wars' success as an alternative universe lay in convincing viewers that there were huge icebergs under the tips. [E]verything we saw in 'Star Wars' was supposedly supported by deep roots going back in time. Hearing a brief reference to the Clone Wars in the original 'Star Wars' may not have been more exciting than seeing an actual Clone War in the latest movie, but it was certainly more intriguing. In 'Attack of the Clones,' and 'Phantom Menace,' the 'Star Wars' universe seems less rich, less complex.
"In much the same way that a joke is ruined when you have to explain it, an alternative universe is ruined if you pull back the curtain and learn everything there is to know about it."
Jonah Goldberg, writing on "Send in the Clones," Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Left-wing terror
"In 1969, a group of SDS New Leftists created the Weather Underground, America's first terrorist cult. The Weathermen made very obvious their anti-American jihad. They issued a declaration of war against 'Amerikkka' and began a campaign of violence that included detonating a bomb in the U.S. Capitol building.
"In 1970, three of their leaders were blown up while building a nail bomb, which they intended to set off at a dance at Fort Dix. The FBI knew the names of every leader of the Weathermen and most of its members. But because the Weather fugitives were aided by other leftists, including prominent 'civil rights' attorneys, and because the FBI even prior to its self-imposed restrictions was unable to penetrate the leftist networks that protected and supported the terrorist cadre, the government was never able to apprehend them.
"In the five years before they surfaced themselves, only a handful of Weathermen were ever captured.
"And the Weathermen did not have Stinger missiles, anthrax caches, or suitcase nuclear devices to make their mayhem really impressive."
David Horowitz, writing on "Free the FBI," Monday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Unlikely hero
"On a recent Monday night, Alan Keyes gave the keynote address for an Israel Bonds event at the Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst, N.Y. Almost immediately upon entering the synagogue's reception hall, Keyes was surrounded by a flock of ardent admirers.
"In his speech before some 350 guests, the MSNBC talk-show host proceeded to deliver an electric, eloquent defense of the Jewish state. When he finished a crowd followed him outside, and as he pulled away, one woman shouted after him, a bit forlornly, 'We love you, Alan.'
"Keyes, a ranking official in the Reagan administration and two-time [Republican] presidential contender, might seem an unlikely hero for American Jews.
"In fact, many in the crowd had never heard of Keyes before watching his hourlong MSNBC show, 'Alan Keyes Is Making Sense,' which has been airing four nights a week since January. Said one young admirer, Roy Salter, 'I didn't know he was a presidential candidate but ever since he began speaking about Israel, he's definitely worth watching.'"
Benjamin Soskis, writing on "Alan Keyes Is Making Friends," Friday in Forward


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