- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2006

Convert or die

“The latest video message from al-Qaida shows Ayman al-Zawahiri urging Americans to convert to Islam. The video also features an American, Adam Gadahn, who supposedly is a convert. Gadahn tells the viewer, ‘We invite all Americans and believers to Islam, whatever their role and status in Bush and Blair’s world order … decide today, because today could be your last day.’

“Our enemies often tell us what they plan to do. This was the case with Karl Marx, Valdimir Lenin and Mao. Hitler laid out his plans in ‘Mein Kempf.’ Why, then, do we not admit these days that we are in a religious war with Islam? Al-Zawahiri says that’s the case. Many in the so-called Muslim street know it, too. In spite of this, the powers that be in the West want to call the war we are waging against Hamas, Hezbullah and al-Qaida a ‘war on terror.’ …

“If the truth is spoken, then we have to say that the West is fighting a war against Islam. This is an on again, off again war that is 1,500 years old. … The so-called war on terror is really the liberal West’s way of not saying what ought to be said about Islam — it is an aggressive religion that converts through violence.”

Robert Klein Engler, writing on “Our Impossible War Against Terror,” Tuesday in American Daily at www.americandaily.com

Distaff TV

“Girls ruled in TV-land Tuesday. First, on daytime, Rosie O’Donnell bounded onto ‘The View’ trying to rev up some interest in this daily gabfest that has recently fallen on hard times. Rosie was taking Meredith Vieira’s place, because Meredith has gone to ‘Today’ to stake Katie’s place. And you know where Katie has gone. Everyone knows where Katie has gone. Her endlessly promoted debut on ‘The CBS Evening News’ as the first solo female anchor on national news was the really big story. …

“Katie’s ‘Evening News’ … wasn’t a real makeover of the format, but just a very cautious glitzing it up. Watching the show made you wonder about only one thing: What had all the hype really been about, and why had you, like millions of others, been so taken in?”

Myrna Blyth, writing on “Newsettes,” Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

‘Family values’

“Half of all children born to Hispanic Americans in 2002 were illegitimate, twice the rate for American whites and 42 percent higher than the overall American rate. The birthrate for Hispanic teens is higher than that for black teens. … This predilection for out-of-wedlock childbearing among Hispanics cannot be blamed solely on corrosive American culture, since the illegitimacy rate for foreign-born Hispanics is 40 percent. The illegitimacy rate in Mexico is 38 percent; in El Salvador, it is 72 percent.

“It is hard to reconcile these statistics with the durable myth of superior Hispanic family values. …

“Even the mainstream media can’t help stumbling across the Hispanic illegitimacy epidemic. Reporting on this spring’s illegal-alien protests … the Los Angeles Times turned up Guadalupe Aguilera, the mother of five illegitimate children. Aguilera thinks herself self-sacrificing for putting her children only on the WIC federal food program. If she had documents, she said, she could take advantage of a far greater range of welfare benefits. ‘I lose money that I could give my children,’ she complained to the Times. Increasingly, Hispanic family values mean collecting welfare for out-of-wedlock children.”

Heather Mac Donald, writing on “Seeing Today’s Immigrants Straight,” in the summer issue of City Journal

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