- The Washington Times - Monday, November 21, 2005

Anti-what?

“The Anti-Defamation League, devoted to fighting anti-Jewish bigotry, is America’s most influential Jewish group. So what are we to make of the weird air of unreality in the ADL’s public statements about Christians? …

“[ADL National Director Abraham] Foxman spoke on Nov. 3 in New York. … The riots across France by immigrant Muslim youths were building to a climax. These were the same youths who have been terrorizing French Jews for the past five years — assaulting individuals, firebombing synagogues and desecrating Jewish cemeteries.

“The same week, Iran’s president was refusing to back down from his call to fellow Muslims to ‘wipe Israel off the map.’ Meanwhile, in Egypt, TV viewers had just spent Ramadan enjoying a new drama series based on ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ the notorious anti-Semitic hoax.

“If there is one religion that poses a danger to Jewish interests, clearly it’s radical Islam. How strange, then, that in his speech [Mr.] Foxman held up the terrifying specter of, um, American Christianity. …



“For whatever reason, hyperventilating about Christians makes Jews open their wallets. The anti-defamation professionals of the Jewish community are no dummies.”

— David Klinghoffer, writing on “Save the Jews,” Thursday in National Review Online at

www.nationalreview.com

Campus scenes

“[The University of North Carolina at] Chapel Hill is one of the most liberal campuses in the South, a source of perpetual heartache to the very vocal College Republicans here. …

“Each summer, incoming freshmen read the same book and participate in discussion groups the day before classes start; two years ago, the Republican ‘Committee for a Better Carolina’ challenged UNC’s selection of Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Nickel and Dimed’ as our summer reading book. The conservative students were backed by the John William Pope Foundation, which paid for a full-page ad in the Raleigh News and Observer calling the book a ‘classic Marxist rant.’ …

“In both student parties, it’s easy to spot the kids who have a shot at being the next Elizabeth Dole or John Edwards: They are unnervingly smooth, confident and eager to shake your hand.”

— Laurel Wamsley, UNC-Chapel Hill senior, writing on “Carolina Blue,” Wednesday in Slate at www.slate.com

He’ll be back

“In the richly absurd and immensely entertaining 1985 action flick ‘Commando,’ Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an involuntarily unretired military man who eventually runs a ventilation pipe through the chest of his arch-nemesis. … Arnold delivers one of his signature lines: ‘Let off some steam.’ Now it is Schwarzenegger’s turn to be pinned up against the wall, twitching spasmodically as the life runs out of his political future. …

“Yet it’s wrong to equate the likely end of Arnold’s political success with the end of his social significance. That’s because Schwarzenegger’s real contribution to American culture has been his uncanny ability to [re-create] himself again and again. …

“One way or another, he’ll be back in our lives in a new and improved version. Indeed, he is reported to have signed on to do ‘Terminator 4’ and a sequel to ‘True Lies,’ so we’ll likely be seeing him again on the silver screen. But what will be far more interesting will be the new and unpredictable way in which he reinvents himself completely.”

— Reason Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie, writing on “Arnold Agonistes,” Nov. 11 in www.reason.com

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