- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2002

'Pander fest'
"Our country is not yet at war with Iraq, although the menace posed by Saddam Hussein is becoming increasingly clear. Already, before any troops have been engaged in battle, some tens of thousands of protesters came to our capital [Oct. 26], symbolically gathering near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Without a draft to spur a movement on, a new and virulent anti-Americanism has managed to take hold and produce thousands opposed to the necessary war on terrorism. And as if they have sought to recreate the sectarian origins of the old anti-Vietnam war movement, the march was organized and led by organizations far more extreme than the 1960s version of SDS. Speakers at the march demanded freedom of Jamil Al-Amin, aka H. Rap Brown, the former head of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the murderer of black cops in Atlanta. They also demanded freedom for Mumia, another self-proclaimed revolutionary and a cop killer. It was, the liberal journalist David Corn acknowledged, 'a pander fest for the hard left.'
"Indeed, the event was organized by the Workers World Party, a Leninist sect that now offers support to Kim Jong-il and the socialist paradise of North Korea as well as the indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic.
"Should Americans be concerned that the would-be opposition to war is being led by far-left extremists? They ought to be."
Ronald Radosh, writing on "The Anti-War Movement: Then and Now," Wednesday in the New York Sun

Islam and the West
"The touchstones for Western success in reconciling religion and freedom were nationalism and Christianity, two doctrines that today many sophisticated people either ignore or distrust. But then they did not have to spend four centuries establishing freedom of conscience.
"When the West reconciled religion and freedom, it did so by making the individual the focus of society, and the price it has paid has been individualism run rampant, in the form of weak marriages, high rates of crime, and alienated personalities. When Islam kept religion at the expense of freedom, it did so by making the individual subordinate to society, and the price it has paid has been autocratic governments, religious intolerance, and little personal freedom.
"I believe that in time Islam will become modern, because without religious freedom, modern government is impossible. I hope that in time the West will reaffirm social contracts, because without them a decent life is impossible. But in the near term, Islam will be on the defensive culturally which means it will be on the offensive politically. And the West will be on the offensive culturally, which I suspect means it will be on the defensive morally."
James Q. Wilson, writing on "The Reform Islam Needs," in the autumn issue of City Journal

Eating crow
"Time to eat crow. I'm looking at the Senate election map and all the races that went Republican when I thought they'd go Democratic. I knew Georgia was close, but I'd heard the Democrats had a good turnout machine there. Hah! They even lost the governor who was supposed to be running it. Colorado what happened there? The polls had shown Strickland pulling away. And Minnesota! Just last week I wrote that Mondale was coasting.
"As I write, Norm Coleman is delivering his victory speech in Minnesota. Everybody has a rationalization for his screw-ups in an election. The funniest one I saw last night was Democratic Party chairman Terry McAuliffe crowing that Harvey Pitt, the chairman of Bush's Securities and Exchange Commission, had been forced out by Bush himself. I thought Coleman would lose cleanly to Mondale, but he won. I thought John Sununu would lose narrowly to Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, but he won. At least three strong new senators were elected last night, whether or not you're a Republican. Don't let all of today's partisan spin bury that good news."
William Saletan, writing on "Being There," Wednesday in Slate

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