- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005

People’s diary

Only six times before have honorary U.S. citizenships been conferred upon deserving souls.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is one such “American,” the others being Mother Teresa, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, American Revolution ally Marquis de Lafayette, and Pennsylvania founders William Penn and his wife, Hannah Callowhill.

Now, a U.S. congressman is seeking to honor Holocaust diarist and victim Anne Frank as the seventh honorary citizen of the United States — and the first child.

“Anne Frank has come to represent the 1.5 million Jewish children killed during the Holocaust that were denied the chance to leave a lasting mark on the world,” says Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat.

Indeed, the young girl’s diary left an indelible mark on the world, translated into 67 languages and selling more than 31 million copies.

Where’s the beef?

Speaking of the Holocaust, Japanese media specialist Takesato Watanabe has been in Washington calling on lawmakers at the same time Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Tokyo calling on her Japanese counterparts.

Co-author of “A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and their Warnings to the West,” the professor of media ethics at Doshisha University in Kyoto pointed out in visits to several congressional offices, including that of Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican, that U.S. companies have been advertising in Japanese publications that have a “collusive” relationship with the Japanese government.

In arguing for an end to the advertising, Mr. Watanabe notes that one such publication, Marco Polo, published a story actually denying the Holocaust, stating in its headline: “The Greatest Taboo in Post-War History: There Were No Nazi Gas Chambers.”

Another publication, Shukan Shincho, continually acts as a “mouthpiece” to the Japanese government, he charges, by denying one of World War II’s “most repugnant, yet least-known, crimes against humanity: the so-called Japanese ‘comfort system,’ wherein some 200,000 mainly teenage girls were taken from occupied territories and held as sex slaves to the Japanese military.”

Obviously, the Japanese professor is the last person Miss Rice can turn to for assistance in getting the Japanese government to end its costly boycott of U.S. beef — the primary purpose of her visit to Tokyo.

Mrs. Substance

A sneak peek at the soon-to-be crowned 2005 Washington “Men and Women of Substance and Style” finds Alma Powell, wife of former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

Consider Mrs. Powell’s efforts on behalf of America’s Promise — the Alliance for Youth, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Pew Center for Civic Change, Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide, Hospitality and Information Service, Department of State Fine Arts Committee, Armed Forces Hostess Association, and the National Council of the Best Friends Foundation (an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young girls — among others.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., who married Mr. Powell in 1962, she is among seven Washingtonians chosen for the annual honor by Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase and Washington Life magazine.

Values and laws

“The legal and political issues surrounding the Terri Schiavo case are difficult, but the moral ones are not. A mentally disabled woman [is] being parched and starved to death.”

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, arguing that our values must define our laws, not the other way around.

Next generation

Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, author of “The Greatest Generation,” will take a bow in Washington next month for his role in the creation of the World War II Memorial, America’s 388th national park site.

Also receiving a National Parks Conservation Association award at a Ritz-Carlton gala will be Rep. Norm Dicks, Washington Democrat and ranking member of the Appropriations interior and related agencies subcommittee, for his efforts to increase funding for America’s national parks.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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