- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

Dutch distortion

"Pim Fortuyn's assassination by an 'environmental activist' in Holland, like the shaking of a kaleidoscope, produces dramatically different new patterns of politics.

"Initially, the U.S. and West European media told us the victim was 'far right,' 'an extremist,' 'ultra-right,' 'the Dutch Le Pen,' et cetera. (His presumed murderer merited nothing worse than 'activist.')

"Within a short time, however, Fortuyn's real political opinions began to be reported. Pim Fortuyn, it turned out, represented the slightly oddball pacifistic liberalism of post-1960s Holland. He was a gay libertarian whose main deviations from Dutch orthodoxy were that he favored Thatcherite economics, wanted to subject further moves toward European integration to the sovereignty of democratic Holland, called for a halt to immigration on the grounds that high-density Holland was 'full,' and believed that Muslim immigrants already there should assimilate to the liberalism of Dutch society.

"The press had to bend him out of philosophical shape in order to make him a fascist threat.

"The press treats all nationalism as incipient fascism, even though Fortuyn's patriotism incorporated Holland's tolerance for homosexuality."

John O'Sullivan, writing on "Death of an 'Extremist'," in the June 3 issue of National Review


Righteous gentiles

"Many of Israel's staunchest supporters in Congress have traditionally come from states with small Jewish populations; e.g., Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Sen. Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas, Attorney General John Ashcroft, formerly a senator from Missouri; and House Majority Whip Tom DeLay. Far from being supported by the mainstream Jewish community, these men are often anathematized by Jewish groups for their social conservatism.

"These men support Israel not because of the mainstream Jewish community, but despite it. Their views are shaped by their own consciences and reflect the consensus of their overwhelmingly Christian constituents. Devout Christians constitute the bedrock of American support for Israel. Such Christians number in the tens of millions. Unlike American Jews, they are not embarrassed by criticisms of Israel in certain left-wing circles, and do not cancel tours to Israel after each terrorist incident.

"Even a casual survey of the letters to the editor of the Jerusalem Post reveals how avidly many American Christians follow events in Israel. Mindful of the crucial importance of devout Christians, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee employed an evangelical Christian as its chief lobbyist for years."

Jonathan Rosenblum in "Israel's Best Friends Christians?" in the spring issue of Toward Tradition


Fear of death

"It took 86 failed attempts before [the cloned kitten] C.C. came into the world. That meant 86 other surrogate mother cats had cloned embryos implanted in them and then sat in cages in hopes that one of them would produce a living kitten. Best Friends will not participate in bringing more cats and dogs into the world while there are homeless pets who are already alive and would like to stay that way by being adopted.

"Whether it's trying to re-create an entire person or animal, or copying body parts to keep an existing person alive, the driving motivation of all cloning activity is essentially the fear of death and the quest for immortality. So, if the instinct to stay alive is so strong in pretty much all creatures, why is death built into all physical existence? Australian scientist Paul Davies explains it this way: 'From a biological point of view, death is the price you pay for progress.'

"In a society that can barely keep pace with change, we all seem to be struggling to keep everything the same."

Julie Richard in "Here Come the Clones!" in the May/June issue of Best Friends magazine


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