- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Dead Red
"Last week the longtime Brooklyn resident, Communist historian Herbert Aptheker, passed away at the age of 87. … Aptheker's death was marked by obituary articles in most of the nation's newspapers. None, however, outdid in hosannas what the March 20 New York Times ran, in an obituary penned by their former literary critic, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt.
"If you read the Times' article, you would have learned only that Aptheker wrote pioneering words on black history, was an 'outspoken' defender of civil rights, 'one of the first scholars to denounce American military involvement in Vietnam.' …
"Not surprisingly, Lehmann-Haupt's obit … misrepresents Aptheker's propaganda trip to North Vietnam with Tom Hayden and Staughton Lynd in 1966 during the Vietnam War as a 'mission to sound out' the North Vietnamese about 'the possibility of a negotiated end to the Vietnam War.' In fact it was a trip to promote solidarity between the Communist aggressors and the then emerging American peace movement. …
"Lehmann-Haupt never mentions Stalin or Aptheker's constant odes to his reign. In a 1953 screed in the Communist cultural monthly Masses and Mainstream, Aptheker invoked Stalin's name and wisdom 10 separate times in a single 10-page article. …
"America's leaders, Aptheker averred, 'have the morals of goats, the learning of gorillas and the ethics of … racist, war-inciting enemies of humanity, rotten to the core, parasitic, merciless and doomed.' This passage is an accurate sample of Aptheker's prose in his heyday."
Ronald Radosh, writing on "Herbert Aptheker: NY Times Hero, Stalinist Hack," Tuesday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com
Faith at sea
"A deployed sailor's life during wartime can leave a lot to be desired.
"The 5,000 sailors and Marines currently on board the USS Harry S. Truman don't have a lot of downtime. The young enlisted men and women typically work seven days a week, 12 hours a day at their various responsibilities and tasks. … Many look forward to the Sunday services led by the ship's chaplains and the fresh encouragement that will get them through another long, intense week. …
"Chaplain Doyle Dunn gives the week's sermon. He talks about Peter stepping out of the boat to be with Jesus.
"'We've all felt fear and we give it lots of different titles apprehension, anxiety. There's a lot of fear out there,' Dunn says. 'Having courage doesn't mean you've conquered every fear, but holding on to fear can keep us frozen in place. It keeps us from doing basic things to survive.' …
"Courage is taking fear and pushing ahead in spite of it, Dunn notes in his sermon.
"'When we turn to Christ for a problem and ask him for help, he never refuses,' he affirms. 'Courage is a discipline a mental muscle that cuts a path through fear.'"
Sara Horn, writing on "Below the flight deck, worship refuels sailors," Monday in Baptist Press News at www.bpnews.net
Still searching
"You have to work on any relationship. I've been examining these things in my life. … I don't know what a date is anymore, either. … It's a big thing to ask of someone simply because we're dating now, your entire past is going to be put up in some tabloid. …
"You don't have anything to say over when you're going to die. The only choice you really have is to try to live it up while you're here, and don't postpone happiness. It does make me think, do I want to spend the rest of my life a bachelor? … I guess I'm still searching for that thing that I haven't found yet. I don't necessarily know if the thing that I'm looking for is the right woman. Only recently in the last year or so have I opened my heart even to the idea of getting involved with someone else. The idea of having more kids I've only just let myself start to think about that."
Bruce Willis, interviewed by Fred Schruers, in the April issue of Premiere

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