- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 13, 2006

Fear no evil

“There are men out there who want us dead. This is undeniable. They want to see us all dead. Each and every one of us. They don’t know our names, they don’t know what our thoughts are about their grievances. They don’t know what our actions are and how we’ve lived our lives. They don’t care. They just want us dead.

“I wish I had a sweet, comforting post-September 11 lullaby to sing the ones I love to sleep when they experience fear of these evil men. But I don’t. Lullabies combat false monsters. Real monsters require something different.

“Psalms, like lullabies, give comfort. But they don’t mask or deny the threat. …

“Strong, ruthless men and women go long hours without sleep for you. They do everything they can to keep you safe. They are your shield. They will kill for you, and die for you. You can take comfort from that knowledge and draw strength from their example. …

“I will fear no evil.”

—Jules Crittenden, writing on “Psalm 9-11: I will fear no evil,” yesterday in the Boston Herald

Feminism: MIA

“Women are perfectly entitled to oppose the war in Iraq or to feel that Israel is brutally overreacting to Hezbollah’s provocation. But where is the parallel, equally vital debate about how to combat Islamic fundamentalism? …

“Phyllis Chesler … a founder feminist in the 1960s, has experienced some of the more disturbing aspects of Muslim patriarchy at first hand. …

“Chesler has fallen out with many old friends in the women’s movement. They have in effect excommunicated her for writing in right-wing publications in America, but she has found it impossible to get published on the left. There are whispers that she has become paranoid, mad, bonkers, a charge frequently leveled against the handful of women writers who are brave enough to tackle the same theme. …

“The Middle East is engaged in a titanic struggle between modernity and theocracy. Whatever one’s views about the Iraq war or the conflict in Lebanon, it deserves more than slogans about ‘We are all Hezbollah now’ and fury against Bush and Blair.

“I don’t agree with Chesler that we are witnessing the death of feminism, but for now it is MIA: missing in action.”

—Sarah Baxter, writing on “Wimmin at War,” in the Sunday Times of London

Austrian, y’all

“Growing up next door in Georgia, I never thought of Alabama as a beacon of intellect. … It wasn’t until I moved to Europe a couple of years ago that I realized the Heart of Dixie was also the heart of sensible economic thinking.

“One by one, I met young capitalist Continentals who had studied in Auburn. Not at Auburn University, mind you. … Rather, my Continental acquaintances had spent time at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, an unaffiliated think tank located just off campus that preaches the works of Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard and other economists from the Austrian School — including, of course, the institute’s namesake. …

“At the heart of Austrian economics is a skepticism of powerful, central authority. And Southerners have always been distrustful of government. Our libertarian streak — which flares up from time to time, for reasons both good and bad — makes us natural allies for the Austrian tradition.

“Ludwig von Mises … might never have visited Auburn, but something tells me that he wouldn’t have put this institute any other place.”

—Kyle Wingfield, writing on “Von Mises finds a sweet home in Alabama,” Friday in the Wall Street Journal

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