- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 13, 2006

‘Simple truth’

“The time for commemoration lies very far in the future. War memorials are erected when the war is won. At the moment, anyone who insists on the primacy of September 11, 2001, is very likely to be accused … of making or at least of implying a ‘partisan’ point.

“I debate with the ‘antiwar’ types almost every day … and I can tell you that they have been ‘war-weary’ ever since the sun first set on the wreckage of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and on the noble debris of United Airlines 93. These clever critics are waiting, some of them gleefully, for the moment that is not far off: the moment when the number of American casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq will match or exceed the number of civilians of all nationalities who were slaughtered five years ago. … But to the bored, cynical neutrals, it … comes naturally to say that it is ‘the war’ that has taken, and is taking, the lives of tens of thousands of other civilians. In other words, homicidal nihilism is produced only by the resistance to it! If these hacks were honest, and conceded the simple truth that it is the forces of the Taliban and of al Qaeda in Mesopotamia that are conducting a Saturnalia of murder and destruction, they would have to hide their faces and admit that they were not ‘antiwar’ at all.”

— Christopher Hitchens, writing on “Solidarity,” Monday in the Wall Street Journal

Faking it

“Recently … I exposed some of the phony stats used by a very passionate law professor, Glenn Reynolds, who wants more pornography — ummm — to reduce rape.

“Now Reynolds and Northwestern law professor Anthony D’Amato’s ‘Porn up, Rape down’ essay is cited by psychologists and therapists to ridicule the damage done to the wives and children of men who spend hours and days leering at pornography and obscenity.

“D’Amato says rape is down because ‘pornography has become freely available to teenagers and adults.’

“If (as the FBI claims) rape declined ‘85 percent’ since 1970, men must spend more time lusting after obscene images of teens, incest, sadism and bestiality. …

“U.S. News and World Report (April 24, 2000) said, ‘facing political heat to cut crime in the city, investigators in the New York [police departments] Sex Crime Unit sat on (thousands of) reports of rapes and other sexual assaults.’

“One officer stated; ‘The way crime was solved was with an eraser.’ …

“So much for lawyerly fantasies of pornography reducing rape.”

—Judith Reisman, writing on “Reducing rape with an eraser,” Tuesday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Hypocrites?

“Back in 2003, when CBS planned to broadcast a docudrama entitled ‘The Reagans,’ which smeared Ronald and Nancy Reagan, I wrote a column for National Review Online condemning it. I advised viewers to not watch it and to write CBS protesting its broadcast. In the last few days, I’ve had the dubious pleasure of having that column quoted by Clintonites attacking ABC’s ‘The Path to 9/11.’ Supposedly, conservatives like me, who criticized the Reagan smear, are hypocrites for not objecting to this miniseries because Bill Clinton and members of his administration believe it falsely depicts their actions before 9/11. But those who cry hypocrisy are often the most splendid hypocrites. I don’t recall many liberals leaping to Reagan’s defense. … Now, when the Clinton administration appears to be getting a little rough treatment, conservatives are supposed to saddle up and ride to their rescue.”

—Edward Morrow, writing on “The Shoe on the Left Foot Seems to Pinch,” Tuesday in National Review at www.nationalreview.com

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