- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2005

Terrorist Twinkies

“There are thousands of Muslim extremists literally dying to slaughter Americans, and only three proven ways to stop them: (1) Kill them (the recommended method), (2) capture them and keep them locked up, or (3) convince them that their cause is lost. [Detention at] Guantanamo [Bay Naval Base in Cuba] is useless for No. 1, but really pulls ahead on No. 2 and No. 3. …

“Let’s just hope aspiring jihadists are not reading past the headlines and discovering that what Amnesty International means by ‘the gulag of our time’ is: No Twinkie rewards for detainees!

“That’s not a joke. As described in infuriating detail by Heather MacDonald … interrogators at Guantanamo are not allowed to:

“Yell at the detainees, except in extreme circumstances and only after alerting Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — and never in the ears;

“Serve the detainees cold meals, except in extreme circumstances; …

“Reward detainees … with a Twinkie or a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich in the absence of express approval from the secretary of defense. (I suppose it goes without saying, ‘supersizing’ their order is strictly forbidden under any circumstances.)”

— Ann Coulter, writing on “Losing their heads over Gitmo,” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Che forever

“Had Che Guevara not been executed by Bolivians in 1967 … college students almost certainly would not be walking around campus mindlessly displaying his likeness on flaming red T-shirts. A dead martyr is much easier to lionize than a living dictator.

“Though he died nearly 40 years ago, Guevara is still sparking controversy. …

“That Guevara, a mass murderer and totalitarian, has generated such reverence and idolatry among the left while real heroes of democratic revolution toil in obscurity is one of the clear signs that the left wing in America still hasn’t let go of its deeply felt sympathy with Communism.”

—Andrew Cline, writing on “Che Day,” Wednesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Shuttle folly

“Like the monster in some ghastly horror movie rising from the dead for the umpteenth time, the space shuttle is back on the launch pad. This grotesque, lethal white elephant — 14 deaths in 113 flights — is the grandest, grossest technological folly of our age. If the shuttle has any reason for existing, it is as an exceptionally clear symbol of our corrupt, sentimental, and dysfunctional political system. …

“There is no longer much pretense that shuttle flights in particular, or manned space flight in general, has any practical value. You will still occasionally hear people repeating the old NASA lines about the joys of microgravity manufacturing and insights into osteoporosis, but if you repeat these tales to a materials scientist or a physiologist, you will get peals of laughter in return.

“To seek a cure for osteoporosis by spending $500 million to put seven persons and 2,000 tons of equipment into Earth orbit is … so extravagantly preposterous that any simile you can come up with falls flat. It is like nothing else in the annals of human folly.”

—John Derbyshire, writing on “The Folly of Our Age,” Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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