- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2006

No outrage

“It’s like dejá vu all over again. Then, more than 30 years ago, I lived in the United States where I was born and raised. Yasser Arafat was sending his mighty warriors into Israel to storm schoolyards and hijack buses, and the press was calling him a ‘guerrilla leader.’ I looked it up. Sure enough, guerrilla warfare had absolutely nothing to do with killing unarmed civilians. Where, I wondered, was the outrage? Why were such heinous acts being tolerated by the world, and why was the press deliberately misleading the public about them?

“Today, living in Israel just north of Haifa, after a month of daily warning sirens and Katyusha rockets, listening to [Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan] Nasrallah rant about his victory and Lebanese officials say they’re not going to do ‘Israel’s job’ and disarm Hezbollah, I wonder again, where is the outrage? Why isn’t the world demanding that the terrorists be disarmed once and for all, and why is the news media still misleading the public with doctored photos?

“Except for my address, nothing much has changed. There is no outrage about terrorists or anything they do, or for those who arm and support them, only for Israel’s ‘disproportionate response.’”

—Arlene Cohen, writing on “Where is the outrage?” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

On ‘greed’

“According to Marxist ideology, ‘greed’ in a capitalist system would inescapably deliver a lower level of overall well-being — economically, morally, and politically — than a collectivized ‘people’s‘ system with more elevated and nobler goals than crass acquisitiveness, unbridled individualism and gross profit-making.

“Instead, as was demonstrated in the Soviet Union and elsewhere, we saw that ‘greed’ for political power can be more harmful to a population’s overall well-being than the capitalist ‘greed’ an entrepreneur might have for a larger market share or the ‘greed’ a worker might have within capitalism for a larger income.

“Recent disclosures about the level of corruption and fraud related to the relief efforts involving Hurricane Katrina show a pattern of dishonesty and ‘greed’ among all sectors, among businesses, government and the general population.”

—Ralph R. Reiland, writing on “Hurricane Greed,” Wednesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Glorious confusion

“[W]e thankfully live in an age of glorious ideological confusion. The old, worn-out designations Right and Left — a pentimento of early revolutionary France — are finally breaking down under the weight of current events and in the face of continuing technological and cultural changes that are giving more and more of us the ability to live however we want. The war in Iraq and the current immigration debate, to name two pressing issues, are pitting conservatives against one another and causing liberals no small intra-ideological squabbles.

“More important, Americans are evacuating partisan politics. This is reflected in generally weaker attachments to the Democrats and Republicans. In 1969, according to a Harris poll, 81 percent of Americans identified themselves as one or the other. By 2004, only 65 percent did. … [I]t’s no small curiosity that Noam Chomsky from time to time calls himself a ‘libertarian socialist’ and William F. Buckley occasionally self-identifies as a ‘libertarian journalist.’”

—Nick Gillespie, writing on “What is Left? What is Right?” in the Aug. 28 issue of the American Conservative

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