- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 24, 2005

Slacker hero

“Ask any hip young slacker to name one public intellectual and inevitably you will get the name [Noam] Chomsky. Ask for two names and you will get a blank look.

“Chomsky is able to remain in the public eye only by making more and more outlandish statements, i.e., he often compares America (and Israel) to Nazi Germany, calling ‘the pretenses for the invasion [of Iraq] no more convincing than Hitler’s.’ In his spare time, he defends Holocaust deniers (‘I see no anti-Semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers or even denial of the Holocaust.’) He proposes America end global terror by not ‘participating in it,’ and that American and Israeli military and political leaders be tried for war crimes. The U.S. is rotten through and through, according to Chomsky, and has been a threat to peace since 1492.

“Adolescent rebellion is the most common way juveniles have of demonstrating their independence. Forever the adolescent, Chomsky has been rebelling against the United States and Israel his entire 72 years.”

— Christopher Orlet, writing on, writing on “Best in Show,” Tuesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

French prophet

“We were warned. Three decades ago, Jean Raspail published a novel, ‘The Camp of the Saints,’ which served as a worst-case scenario warning about the consequences of unchecked immigration into his native France and, by extension, into all of Europe. Raspail’s book was a big seller in his home country, but his message was not heeded. Now he is being vindicated.

“Today, after 9/11, Madrid, London and the broad-daylight murder of Theo Van Gogh, Paris is burning.

“How could this have been allowed to happen? What led to this influx of lions into countries full of lambs?

“In ‘The Camp of the Saints,’ Raspail provided the answer. Those who welcome large quantities of immigrants, he gibed, were ‘righteous in their loathing of anything and everything that smacked of present-day Western society, and boundless in their love of whatever might destroy it.’

“[J]ust as Raspail was right about the beliefs of many fellow Westerners — our breed is bad, we deserve to be birth-controlled and aborted out of existence — he was also right about the grand strategy of many in the Third World, for whom ‘the winning of the North,’ through immigration-invasion, has been the ultimate goal.

“So while Raspail did not know the specifics of Vicente Fox’s slow-motion demographic crusade to recapture much of America for Mexico, he apprehended the general truth, decades before Fox first articulated his reconquista.”

— James P. Pinkerton, writing on “National Suicide,” in the Dec. 5 issue of the American Conservative

Country tourists

“The Country Music Awards were handed out [Nov. 15] at Madison Square Garden. Not that many New Yorkers noticed.

“New York City, which famously does not even have a country-music radio station, seemed pretty untaken by this weeklong country-music fest and awards show, the first one ever outside Nashville.

“The last thing sophisticated New Yorkers want to be thought of is common, and perhaps that’s why country music is still a tourist here.”

— Daniel Menaker, writing on “Country Music Comes to Town,” Monday in Slate at www.slate.com

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