- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2002

Militants defanged
"When [Nelson Mandela] displayed a lack of personal malice, they saw an abundance of political meekness. There is an implicit racism in this that goes beyond Mandela to the way in which the west would like black leaders to behave. After slavery and colonialism, comes the desire to draw a line under the past and a veil over its legacy. So long as they are preaching non-violence in the face of aggression, or racial unity where there has been division, then everyone is happy. But as soon as they step out of that comfort zone, the descent from saint to sinner is a rapid one. The price for a black leader's entry to the international statesman's hall of fame is not just the sum of their good works but either death or half of their adult life behind bars.
"In order to be deserving of accolades, history must first be rewritten to deprive them of their militancy. Take Martin Luther King, canonized after his death by the liberal establishment but vilified in his last years for making a stand against America's role in Vietnam. One of his aides, Andrew Young, recalled: 'This man who had been respected worldwide as a Nobel Prize winner suddenly applied his non-violence ethic and practice to the realm of foreign policy. And no, people said, it's all right for black people to be non-violent when they're dealing with white people, but white people don't need to be non-violent when they're dealing with brown people.'"
Gary Younge, writing on "No More Mr. Nice Guy" in the Thursday issue of the Guardian

Protest equals death
"Companies producing anti-AIDS drugs were developing fewer products than in the late 1990s. The reduction found was almost a third lower in 2001 than in 1998. Dr. Des Martin, president of the South African HIV Clinicians Society, has his suspicions as to the cause.
"'Among several reasons, the threat of generic competition and attacks on multinational companies could be behind the recent decline in HIV anti-retroviral compounds,' he says. The latter point is one that the pharma industry apparently does not want discussed widely.
"According to Ruth Rabinowitz, an MP with the South African Inkatha Freedom Party, 'industry has been numbed into silence' by the activist and media attacks in South Africa and in the West.
"One of the rare industry executives who would actually discuss the topic, but did not wish to be identified, agreed that although he didn't like to admit it, 'we have lost the battle with the activists, and now the market is less profitable. Why bother to innovate these products when any advance will not be profitable?'"
Roger Bate, writing on "AIDS Activists Hinder Their Cause" in the Sept. 17 issue of the Jerusalem Post

Old school
"The debate over Bob Knight involves much more than the man himself; it revolves around fundamental questions on the nature of men, of the male sex, and what is required for men to sublimate their own passions and egos in order to become part of a successful team. The comparison that most readily comes to mind is with the great World War II General George S. Patton. Sports are a more civilized form of warfare, and successful athletic teams are very much like successful fighting forces.
"Like Patton, Knight is a big personality, with oversized faults and virtues. Like Patton, he is an accomplished athlete. He is a big man, as befits an alum of the great Ohio State national championship team of the '60s. [As] Patton did with his soldiers, Knight inspires intense loyalty from his players, and, like Patton, Knight has an explosive and destructive temper that has often overshadowed his accomplishments and left even his greatest admirers shaking their heads and wondering what devil makes him do it. Patton was the greatest Allied general, the most sophisticated thinker in Eisenhower's armies; but he will forever be remembered as the fellow who slapped a shell-shocked G.I."
Michael Ledeen, writing on "The Real Bobby Knight" in the October-November issue of the American Enterprise


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