- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 2, 2006

Capture the flag

“Most moviegoers who catch the television previews of ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ will falsely assume that Clint Eastwood created the Iwo Jima film as a Pacific theater version of ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ …

“The Iwo Jima victory cleared the path for a more effective bombing campaign of the Japanese homeland, but the real spoils came via war photographer Joe Rosenthal’s camera. …

“If ‘Flags’ lacks the same emotional tug as ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ that’s because the film’s point is less pathos than logos. Eastwood argues that Rosenthal’s famous photograph saved the war effort by giving hope to a war-weary home front. And perhaps that’s why the film has a certain currency. As Michael Fumento has shown, U.S. reporters in Iraq mostly hang out in hotels and, without firsthand knowledge of what’s going on, deliver anti-Bush propaganda. America’s present war effort in Iraq could use a Rosenthal-like photograph to give the other side: that victory is still attainable.”

— John Dawson, writing on “Photo fight,” in the Nov. 4 issue of World

‘Uncovered meat’

“[T]he Mufti of Australia, Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilali … recently sparked an international stir by pronouncing that women who do not veil themselves, and allow themselves to be ‘uncovered meat,’ are at fault if they are raped.

“This is nothing new, of course, and it is somewhat mysterious why the Sheik’s comments have caused any shock at all, since his view is legitimized by various Islamic texts and numerous social and legal Islamic structures. …

“The West’s leftist feminists are responding with an apathetic heartlessness and deafening silence. …

“It has long been evident that Western leftist feminists couldn’t care less about real actual breathing women; they care only about their ideological beliefs. For them, the victims of Muslim rape can be easily forgotten and dismissed — for the pursuit of their ultimate goal: to aid and abet the West’s totalitarian enemies and to wreak the destruction of their own free societies which bestow the individual liberties and rights that they despise and abhor.”

— Jamie Glazov, writing on “Muslim Rape, Feminist Silence,” Wednesday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

‘Wealthy hypocrite’

“Bono, the rock star and campaigner against Third World debt, is asking the Irish government to contribute more to Africa. At the same time, he’s reducing tax payments that could help fund that aid. …

“Ireland’s finance minister announced a ceiling of $319,000 on tax-free incomes, and six months after that, U2 opened its Amsterdam office. The relocation of U2’s music publishing will halve taxes on the band’s songwriting royalties, which already reportedly total $286 million. …

“U2’s tax-shelter scheme caused an uproar in Ireland when the story broke there in August. But it’s scarcely raised a ripple in the United States. A conservative would argue that’s because in this country, we don’t begrudge a man the opportunity to keep what he earns off the sweat of his brow … even if that man spends half his time trying to goad governments into spending more to alleviate poverty. But a liberal could answer that in the United States, we are so used to seeing rich people avoid taxation that even a wealthy hypocrite who shelters his cash abroad can no longer qualify as news.”

— Timothy Noah, writing on “Bono, Tax Avoider,” in Slate at www.slate.com

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