- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2006


“I have some serious news for you about the war against the terrorists, the war we are fighting to protect our liberties and our Constitution against Islamic totalitarianism. We’re losing, big time. I don’t mean we’re losing in Iraq. … Nor in Afghanistan. …

“No, we are losing our freedom here at home, and in a particularly nasty way. It has to do with those cartoons mocking Muhammad that were published in a Danish publication and have excited riots and burnings across the Muslim world and fear and terror in Europe. …

“They kill us in the name of a religion, and we bow and scrape to that religion while letting people dump on Christianity and Judaism.

“There’s a word for this, beyond the words Stockholm Syndrome and the words Political Correctness. The word is cowardice. Or maybe an even shorter word: defeat. Wake up, America. This is serious.”

— Ben Stein, writing on “We’re Losing,” Thursday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Breeding victory

“[N]early 20 percent of women born in the late 1950s are reaching the end of their reproductive lives without having had children. The greatly expanded childless segment of contemporary society, whose members are drawn disproportionately from the feminist and countercultural movements of the 1960s and ‘70s, will leave no genetic legacy. …

“Nor do single-child families contribute much to future population. The 17.4 percent of baby boomer women who had only one child account for a mere 7.8 percent of children born in the next generation. By contrast, nearly a quarter of the children of baby boomers descend from the mere 11 percent of baby boomer women who had four or more children. These circumstances are leading to the emergence of a new society whose members will disproportionately be descended from parents who rejected the social tendencies that once made childlessness and small families the norm. …

“Among states that voted for President George W. Bush in 2004, fertility rates are 12 percent higher than in states that voted for Sen. John Kerry.”

— Phillip Longman, writing on “The Return of Patriarchy,” in the March/April issue of

Foreign Policy

Hating the West

“Lord, how they hate us! If you think this is just Islam, you are kidding yourself. The West, and Westerners, are hated all over the world. A friend who has been looking into the Nigerian ‘419 scams’ tells me that while the main motivation for them is of course financial, a strong secondary factor among the Nigerian scammers is the desire to humiliate those suckers in the West who (still!) fall for them. … In South America, politicians like Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales are riding to power on anti-Americanism. … The West is hated all over the rest of the world. Why? …

“Liberals, many of whom hate the West just as much as any Chavez or bin Laden, say it’s all a response to the misdeeds of multinational corporations, and the memories of colonial humiliation, and a reaction to the innate racism of white Europeans. …

“Meanwhile, neocons want you to know that it all springs out of a frustrated yearning for freedom and Western-style good government. … So we give them democracy, not to mention boxcar-loads of cash, and they elect … [Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe, Chavez, Hamas.”

— John Derbyshire, writing on “Hesperophobia, Continued,” Feb. 8 at www.olimu.com

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