- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2002

Standing silent?
"As a German physician, I was greatly moved by an inscription quoting former President Jimmy Carter at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington: 'We must forge an unshakeable oath with all civilized people that never again will the world stand silent, never again will the world … fail to act in time to prevent this terrible crime of genocide. … We must harness the outrage of our own memories to stamp out oppression wherever it exists.'
"It is hard to believe that these words came from the same man who recently lambasted President Bush's 'axis of evil' speech, calling it 'overly simplistic and counterproductive.' … President Carter wrote those words in September 1979 for his President's Commission on the Holocaust. Twenty-three years later, he seems to have forgotten their meaning.
"President Bush has not. He has chosen to speak out; to borrow Mr. Carter's phrase, he will not 'stand silent.' He has bravely called North Korea 'evil' and he is right. …
"President Bush has rightly identified North Korea as a prison state that uses terrorism against its own people. … Every North Korean defector I spoke to … was delighted by President Bush's words. … Moreover, they are full of hope that, like President Reagan's 'evil empire' speech, President Bush's 'axis of evil' speech will eventually lead to the collapse of Kim Jong Il's brutal regime."
Dr. Norbert Vollertsen, writing on "Memo to Mr. Carter: Evil Exists," Thursday in the Wall Street Journal


Satan's factories
"The ignorance of what happens on modern factory farms is widespread. The majority of the billions of animals raised and slaughtered in the United States are rasied according to the new methods of 'agribusiness.' … Complete immobility is imposed on sows for long periods; for veal calves and egg-laying hens, the forced immobility is for life. …
"This 'ruthless, non-moral utilitarianism' which has given us the factory farm is better known, thanks to John Paul II, as the 'culture of death.' … This monster, unlike fascism and communism, does not outlaw Mass, bomb churches or gun down priests. But it has, like these others, sought to end the practice of Christianity in daily life, in our labors and pleasures, in our relationship to the earth and to other creatures, in the marketplace and on the farm.
"It has offered us one or two hours on Sunday mornings in exchange for the rest of our lives, and we have blithely accepted. … We are left singing praise songs while we turn the cranks in Satan's factories."
Christopher Killheffer in "Our Food from God: Factory Farms and the Culture of Death" in the March issue of Touchstone

Myth of innocence
"The innocence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, executed in 1953 for conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union, has for decades been one of the most treasured myths of the American Left. Although public outrage at their treatment was more intense and widespread in Western Europe than in the United States, a small, devoted conclave of apologists in this country has tried for decades, in the face of an accumulating and increasingly conclusive mass of declassified government documents, to discredit the guilty verdict.
"So overwhelming has been the accrual of new evidence that some defenders of the Rosenbergs have recently been forced to shift their ground and admit forensic guilt while still insisting on a higher, moral innocence. A case in point is the historian Ellen Schrecker, who has devised the Orwellian term 'non-traditional patriotism' to describe the Rosenbergs' betrayal of their country."
Mark Falcoff, writing on "Retrying the Rosenbergs (Again)," in the March issue of Commentary


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