- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Give war a chance

“Being divorced from reality is what being an antiwar protester is all about. For a few hours each year, you get to run around disrupting other people’s lives, pretending you’re doing something socially relevant and saying things like: ‘War doesn’t solve anything.’ …

“Aside from being great philosophers, antiwar protesters also are adept at seeing the world the way it really is. Page Getz, press coordinator for the antiwar group ANSWER, said during a protest last week in Los Angeles, ‘We must stop the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and elsewhere. The situation in Iraq is getting worse.’

“Good to know that groups like ANSWER are there to correct the world’s major media outlets, who last year showed Iraqis cheering coalition troops and who last week reported that Iraqis generally say the war had positive results.”

Andrew Cline, writing on “Iraqis Say ‘War Was the Answer,’” Tuesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Feeding time

“[I]t suddenly seems like breast-feeding is as ubiquitous as the Gap. More and more, my e-mail inbox is filled with we’re-new-parents-look-at-our-perfect-baby pics, which always seem to include a [newborn nursing] shot. …

“How am I supposed to navigate this breast new world? …

“As with most things in life, women are at ease doing what nature intended them to do — be it breast-feeding, talking about their feelings or finding a deal on shoes — while most men squirm like a jellyfish at the Jersey shore. New moms tell me it’s typically brothers and dads who have the most trouble making sense of feeding time. …

“Breast-feeding, like reality TV, is here to stay. Men are slow learners — though, naturally, the older they get, the more they’re comfortable with it.

Larry Smith, writing on “Breast intentions,” Tuesday in Salon at www.salon.com

Nostalgia craze

“My wife took the boys to see ‘Starsky & Hutch’ … partly because she was a fan of the original TV show and our son Nicky is nostalgic for the ‘70s and ‘80s, even though he was born in ‘92. …

“I never did understand the nostalgia craze, which is a relatively recent blight on cultural life in the United States. It was the unlamented Sha Na Na that first stoked the memory industry, although in a modest way, when the group surfaced in the late ‘60s with their ducktails and lame renditions of classic songs from the previous decade. Since then, with the introduction of cable TV, it’s all nostalgia all the time, cluttering the minds of kids by presenting dumb misrepresentations of recent history. If I walk past my older son’s room one more time and hear Devo’s ‘Whip It,’ it’s just possible I’ll flip out, dude, and become a Yankees or John Kerry fan. That’s how dangerous this garbage is. …

“Nostalgia for decades is a waste of time: It’s fascinating to read reputable historians from the past and easier than ever to immerse yourself in the culture, high and low, of long-ago eras, but if a teenager in 1964 had said ‘Man, if only I could’ve grown up in 1920s,’ he’d have been considered quite a loon.”

Russ Smith, writing on “Who’s Got a WIN Button?” in the March 17 issue of the New York Press

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