- The Washington Times - Monday, September 29, 2003

Wounds reopened

“In May 2002, Bill Gwaltney, a member of the National Park Service and President of the Association of African American Museums, said of slavery museums: ‘We counted 19 new projects just last year and we knew there were several more. Clearly, there are several dozen more that are anticipated in 2002. They are all over the country, too. …’

“The $35 million facility planned for Charleston [S.C.] is just one of many new large-scale slavery museums. … Construction will soon begin on a national slavery museum in Fredericksburg, Va., and another national African-American museum is being proposed for the National Mall in Washington. …

“As we might expect, those defending the proliferation of new slavery museums claim that they will help ‘heal our wounds.’ … My conclusion is that those who are promoting these new slavery museums don’t want our wounds to be healed; at least not just yet. To the contrary, they want wounds reopened and they want to rub salt in them. And they wouldn’t be terribly unhappy if, in the process, they created enough guilt among gullible whites to generate additional support for reparations for slavery.”



Gail Jarvis, writing on “Never Enough Slavery Museums,” Saturday in www.lewrockwell.com

Arafat’s Soviet ties

“The Israeli government has vowed to expel Yasser Arafat, calling him an ‘obstacle’ to peace. But the 72-year-old Palestinian leader is much more than that; he is a career terrorist, trained, armed and bankrolled by the Soviet Union and its satellites for decades.

“Before I defected to America from Romania, leaving my post as chief of Romanian intelligence, I was responsible for giving Arafat about $200,000 in laundered cash every month throughout the 1970s. … Other Soviet bloc states did much the same. Terrorism has been extremely profitable for Arafat. …

“In 1972, the Kremlin put Arafat and his terror networks high on all Soviet bloc intelligence services’ priority lists, including mine. …

“Arafat was an important undercover operative for the KGB. Right after the 1967 Six Day War, Moscow got him appointed to chairman of the [Palestine Liberation Organization].”

Ion Mihai Pacepa, writing on “The KGB’s Man,” Sept. 22 in the Wall Street Journal

Reckless passion

“Never has a film aroused such hostile passion so long prior to its release as has Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion.’ … While most Jews are wisely waiting to see the film before responding, others are … prematurely condemning a movie they have yet to see. …

“As an Orthodox rabbi with a wary eye on Jewish history which has an ominous habit of repeating itself, I fear that these protests, well-intentioned though some may be, are a mistake. I believe those who publicly protest Mel Gibson’s film lack moral legitimacy. What is more, I believe their actions are not only wrong but even recklessly ill-advised and shockingly imprudent. …

“In America, few Jews have ever been murdered, mugged, robbed, or raped by Christians returning home from church on Sunday morning. America is history’s most philo-Semitic country, providing the most hospitable home for Jews in the past 2,000 years. … Jewish groups that fracture friendship between Christians and Jews are performing no valuable service to American Jews.”

—Rabbi Daniel Lapin, writing on “Protesting ‘Passion,’” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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