- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Europe’s warning

“In 1973, Jean Raspail published an extraordinary and prescient novel, ‘The Camp of the Saints.’ He imagined a flotilla of immigrants traveling … to France. … At first, Raspail was attacked as a racist. … Now what Raspail feared has indeed seemingly come to pass, at least in Europe.

“In 2002, [Italian journalist] Orianna Fallaci … published ‘The Rage and the Pride.’ In it … she has both exposed and railed against the Islamic ‘invasion’ of Europe and the Islamic terror threat. She understands that the point of jihad is to subdue and conquer. … She throws in her lot with ‘Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair.’ And she defends the Jews and Israel with a morally hot passion.”

— Phyllis Chesler, from her new book, “The Death of Feminism”

Vanished values

“Where have moral values vanished to? No one seems to talk about that dark horse issue that popped in the 2004 exit polls anymore. …

“The problem started shortly after the 2004 election, when some of America’s sharpest and most respected opinion leaders set about systematically to debunk the surprising role moral values played in determining the outcome of that campaign.

“David Brooks, writing in the New York Times, declared the moral values voter a ‘myth.’ Over at the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer said moral values voters were a ‘myth.’ …

“OK, we get it. We’re not supposed to believe in the moral values voter. But has anyone bothered to tell the nearly 30 million evangelical Christians and conservative Mass-attending Catholics who actually did cite ‘moral values’ as their top political issue that they don’t really exist?

“And boy, could Republicans use those 30 million voters right about now. …

“Evangelical Christians are about the only voter subgroup in America that still overwhelmingly favors President George W. Bush and his agenda.

“But if Republicans take them for granted, or worse, if they have truly convinced themselves that their political base is a ‘myth,’ perhaps next year President Bush will have to exchange Biblical passages with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

— Patrick Hynes, writing on “The Missing 30 Million,” March 17 line at www.spectator.org

Trashing a nation

“In 1980, it took two Zimbabwean dollars to equal one U.S. dollar in value. Today, it takes about 99,000. Zimbabwe was once an exporter of food. Today, a United Nations report conservatively estimates that one in four Zimbabweans depends on food aid from abroad. The nation’s unemployment rate, meanwhile, stands at about 80 percent.

“Zimbabwe is a nation in free fall. …

“As with many economic problems, Zimbabwe’s financial crisis stems from political machinations. … President Robert Mugabe six years ago seized thousands of white-owned farms and turned them over to ‘war veterans.’ … Those farms, which used to employ hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans, now produce only a fraction of what they once did.

“Then last summer, Mr. Mugabe began Operation Murambatsvina (‘drive out the trash’), which displaced hundreds of thousands of political opponents by destroying tens of thousands of urban homes and business structures. … [T]he effect was to make homeless or disrupt the livelihoods of 2.4 million Zimbabweans — about 18 percent of the country’s population — according to the United Nations.”

— Timothy Lamer, writing on “Man-made disaster,” in the March 25 issue of World

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