"The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." --Samuel Adams
"For mere vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge. But for the security of the future I would do everything." --James A. Garfield
"The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days." --Robert Leighton
"Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy." --William Blake
"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." --Herbert Spencer
"Our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in 'muchness' and 'manyness,' he will rest satisfied." --Richard J. Foster
"See in the meantime that your faith bringeth forth obedience, and God in due time will cause it to bring forth peace." --John Owen
"A friend hears the song of the heart and sings it when memory fails." --Martin Luther
"Only alone can I draw close enough to God to discover His secrets." --George Washington Carver
"I've called for whatever it takes to be so strong that no other nation will dare violate the peace. If that means superiority, so be it." --Ronald Reagan
"If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents, they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril." --President George W. Bush
"Civil defense is the necessary foundation for all defense. The time to start is now." --Jane M. Orient, M.D., president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness
"We are fighting because the bastards killed 5,000 of our people, and if we do not kill them, they are going to kill us again. This is a war of revenge and deterrence. The American people understand it. The American people demand it." --Charles Krauthammer
"Just saying what is true is the most powerful weapon in the history of liberty. It is what terrorists and despots fear, and it is ultimately the very basis of freedom itself." --Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
"Halfhearted war efforts are for losers." --Patrick J. Michaels
"Fighting international terrorism is more about national will and moral courage than it is about any specific preventive measures." --Allan Gerson
"I believe only a free society can ever be truly secure. The goal should be to make terrorists feel threatened, not the American people." --Rep. Ron Paul
"The most difficult job President Bush has ahead of him is not getting bin Ladin and running the Talibandits out of Afghanistan, it is keeping the nation focused on the long range job ahead, the job of wiping out organized terrorism wherever it may be found. It ain't gonna be easy." --Lyn Nofziger
"Every time a dominant world menace fades away, another rises up to replace it. For the sake of our security, our freedom and our way of life, we must remain ever vigilant and prepared for the worst contingency. No matter how much we strive for peace, we must always be prepared for war. We owe that to our children." --David Limbaugh
"It's the essence of Americanism to make eternal and unrelenting warfare on the easy assumption that civil liberties must disappear if America is to be made safe." --Wes Pruden
"Generals are routinely warned against fighting the last war. Perhaps [Leftist] journalists need to be reminded not to remarch the last peace movement." --Mona Charen
"Let's just go after all the enemies of the United States -- and kill them all before they kill us." --John LeBoutillier
"A large number of our cultural and moral leaders are unable to say plainly that evil exists in the world and that it must be confronted. Instead they are content to babble about 'cycles of violence' and how 'an eye for an eye makes the world blind,' as if the cop who stops the violent criminal is somehow guilty of crime, too." --John Leo
"I thank heaven that we have a leader who is willing to call evil by its proper name." --Robert P. George
"These TV anchors could use another visit to Ground Zero to contemplate whether the killers deserve journalistic neutrality." --Brent Bozell
"Journalists have been wrapping themselves in the First Amendment for years -- even as they assume the role of citizens of the world, who soar above the parochial concerns of the United States of America." --Thomas Sowell
"If the popular culture doesn't lead public sensibilities, it sometimes catches up with it." --Suzanne Fields
"The resentment borne by the consciously inadequate goes quickly to vengefulness." --Fred Reed
"The constitutional republic of our Founding Fathers is not an anachronism. If the federal government were to abstain from the activities not authorized by the Constitution and rededicate itself to its constitutionally delegated functions, we would in fact be more secure and more able to respond to this national campaign of terror." --W. James Antle III
"The usual government and media suspects are advising Americans not to 'panic' amid the latest anthrax mailings, and of course that's right. The risks to any single person are small enough that it makes little sense to stockpile Cipro or buy a gas mask. But we hope all the cautionary words don't deflect attention from the genuinely scary prospect here: State sponsorship. ...[I]t is possible that three copycats decided, independently, that now was the time to airmail the anthrax they had somehow stockpiled for just such a terror occasion. But it's not very likely. The more rational hypothesis is that these were organized acts of terror, and that the anthrax wasn't produced in random basements. Several circumstantial links to Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network are already known. ...Which brings us to who might have supplied bin Laden's gang. The likeliest answer is some government. Growing your own anthrax isn't difficult but turning it into a useful weapon is. ...The leading supplier suspect has to be Iraq. Saddam Hussein used weapons-grade anthrax against his own Kurdish population with lousy results, before turning to more efficiently lethal chemical weapons. U.S. intelligence sources believe Saddam has stockpiled thousands of pounds of biological agents, including anthrax. U.S. officials let Saddam know during the Gulf War that if he used such agents against U.S. forces he would get a destructive response. But that doesn't mean he, or his agents, might not want to unleash the weapon from a deniable distance, or via third parties. His anti-American animus hasn't lessened since his Gulf defeat. And Czech government sources have reported that Atta, the hijacking mastermind, met at least once with Iraqi diplomat Ahmad Samir Al-Ani in Prague. ...New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani put it well the other day when he said that Americans should begin to behave the way the British did during the London blitz: Cope with the danger when it appears but otherwise go cheerfully about your lives. Meanwhile, the government has to do everything possible to destroy the anthrax threat at its state-sponsored source." --Wall Street Journal
EDITOR'S NOTE: While we support the notion that "Americans should...cope with the danger when it appears but otherwise go cheerfully about your lives," we received the following alert from the FBI this morning, which needs to be passed along prior to Friday's Digest: "The four Al-Qaeda terrorists who were convicted in May of this year for their involvement in a conspiracy that resulted in the bombings of two U.S. Embassies in East Africa in 1998 are scheduled to be sentenced in the Southern District of New York on Thursday, 10/18/01. Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali and Khalfan Khamis Mohamed are facing mandatory life sentences. ... Usama bin Laden has stated publicly, as late as June 2001, that...he demands the release of Al-Owhali."
After pleas from the Bush administration, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC have agreed not to act as media mouthpieces for al Qaida and Osama bin Laden. However, CNN continues to air messages from the enemy -- most recently a message from bin Laden spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith. Thus, we bestow upon CNN the dubious distinction of Operation Enduring Freedom's infamous "alCoran News Network" award.
"I don't understand what the national security adviser's really thinking when she makes the request she makes [to limit unedited airing of terrorist statements] because this is a statement that was played on Arab television and is being broadcast throughout the Arab world. And what is simply being done here is that Americans are being informed about what the rest of the world is hearing. And it just doesn't make any sense at all, in my view, for American networks to, you know, censor that kind of information. I mean, she can't possibly believe that somehow hearing bin Laden's people calling for more terrorism or threatening more, that somehow that's going to break the spirit of the American public or change the way the American public feels or inhibit our actions." --Inveterate Clintonista Rick Kaplan, former CNN president, on the alCoran News Network's decision to broadcast messages for the enemy.
"And for anyone who is old enough to remember, these scenes are reminiscent of what happened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 1975 when the residents started fleeing this city as Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge started to take over." --CNN's Tom Mintier comparing refugees fleeing Kandahar after U.S. bombing that might free their country with refugees fleeing Communist tyrants in Cambodia
"Some humanitarian aid workers were saying this [meal distribution] effort is little more than propaganda. Some say the U.S. is actually doing more harm than good.... The attacks have significantly hampered a large humanitarian effort, and the U.S. food drops simply can't compensate for that." --ABC reporter Dan Harris on now feeding the hungry Afghan citizens is "little more than propaganda." **Actually we think HE should eat his words!
"But you can't deny the fact that when you drop these [food packs] into impoverished areas you're, in effect, sending U.S. propaganda into those areas, you're saying, 'Taliban bad. Here's a gift from the U.S.'" --Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC's "Today" saying that telling the truth that the Taliban are evil is somehow "propaganda."
"On the one hand, you don't want to hand the White House a propaganda victory by imposing a blackout on the other side." --Howard Kurtz perhaps proposing the Leftmedia begin "food drops" on the American people
"But only two articles in the American media since September 11 have tried to describe how Big Oil might benefit from a cleanup of terrorists and other anti-American elements in the Central Asia region." --Former Time magazine reporter Nina Burleigh giving the cui bono Left analysis "connecting the dots"
"Whether [New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani] agreed with you or not, I think he should have recognized your right to speak and make observations about a part of the world which you know so well. ...Many of us here in the United States have long been concerned about reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that reveal a pattern of excessive, and often indiscriminate, use of lethal force by Israeli security forces in situations where Palestinian demonstrators were unarmed and posed no threat of death or serious injury to the security forces or to others. ...Although your offer was not accepted by Mayor Giuliani, I would like to ask you to consider assisting Americans who are in dire need right now." --Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) on Rudy Giuliani's principled decision to return that $10 million check from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal for the Twin Towers relief fund after the prince in part blamed U.S foreign policy stances as contributing to the terrorist attacks.
"If you're rich and powerful, you better be nice and humble. ... You can get a lot more cooperation out of people if they like you. ...As soon as the Cold War ended, we once again, to a large degree, withdrew from international affairs. And as the world's sole superpower, we left a tremendous vacuum in the world. ...Americans are woefully uninformed at the current time about international news in general, and I've always said we were doing that at our peril." --Ted Turner on ... well, we're not quite sure! Maybe how effective CNN has been at "educating" its viewers about "international news."
"In light of current events, we are changing the name of the band to something more friendly, 'Basket Full Of Puppies.'" --Scott Ian, leader of the metal band Anthrax.
Getting it kinda right from Hollyweird: "I love George Bush right now and I always have. I'm the only guy in LA who voted for him. ...The first word I thought of was, you know, 'launch.' That was the first word I thought -- as in 'press the button and launch.' Whoever did this, launch. It's a good thing I'm not president because I would just launch, okay, man? Sorry, I would." --Actor James Woods on his initial "nuclear" response to the 9/11 events, and who shared an August flight from Boston to LA with four suspicious "swarthy males" who likely were 9/11 terrorists "casing" targets.
From the "Village Academic Curriculum" files: "It's a symbol of terrorism and death and fear and destruction and repression." --University of Massachusetts physics professor Jennie Traschen telling the Amherst, Massacusetts, town board what the Stars and Stripes actually represent. **Wouldn't that surprise Betsy Ross? Meanwhile, at Brown University, William Keach, professor of English, told students at an anti-American protest, "What happened on Sept. 11 was terrorism, but what happened during the Gulf War was also terrorism," prompting one demonstrator, Peter Zedrin, to proclaim, "I was cheering when the Pentagon got hit because I know about the brutality of the military. The American flag is nothing but a symbol of hate and should be used for toilet paper for all I care."
Editor's Footnote: One small victory... As of today, students in Madison, Wisconsin, schools may begin every morning by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. After receiving thousands of e-mail complaints from Federalist readers and others around the nation, the Madison school board reversed its decision to prohibit the recitation of the pledge. "Time was, left-wing ideologues could get away with stuff like this in the hothouse atmosphere of a college town," notes the Wall Street Journal online. "No longer." No word yet on the Madison school boards condemnation of the Boy Scouts....
"In terms of promoting terrorism, the Iraqi tyrant [Saddam Hussein], armed to the teeth with weapons of mass destruction, is to Taliban what Wal-Mart is to a pushcart. ...In the course of our expedition to Afghanistan, we could end up shooting a few snakes while making capital improvements to the snake farms." --Don Feder
"There are several million Muslims in the United States, many of them citizens professing their love for and loyalty to this country. But I have yet to see a bumper sticker that says 'Allah Bless America'." --Lyn Nofziger
"George W. and Tony Blair have pushed the Hug-a-Muslim campaign, accompanied in some quarters by campaigns to Criticize-a-Christian and Jostle-a-Jew, about as far as they need to." --Wesley Pruden
"I do think it's important to recognize that very intelligent, very sane people can still think according to very different...'paradigms,' but most of the people who use the word 'paradigm' seem like they need a vigorous enema." --Jonah Goldberg
"'Inappropriate' actually means 'I'm a hopeless priss, and you aren't, so I'm going to get even.' Honest. It's in the Oxford English Dictionary. ...Why is a picture of a news event offensive? We have here one of those pair-of-diggem shifts I read about. We used to have sexual prudes. That doesn't work any longer. It would be like being a water-prude in mid-Pacific. So we now have violence-prudes. All the prurience, but half the fun." --Fred Reed
"The primary obligation of the federal government under the Constitution is to provide for the common defense. This is why the Framers empowered Congress to raise up armies and naval forces, rather than armies of welfare state bureaucrats." --W. James Antle
"The most dangerous place to stand these days, outside of Afghanistan, is between a member of Congress and a TV camera." --Mark Russell
Beside the blackboard note "Political Science Test Today": Professor to student, "You got a perfect score -- all the questions were evaded!" --Bob Thaves in the comic strip "Frank & Ernest"
"Sound bites: What you experience when you chew on a whoopie cushion." --Johnny Hart in the comic strip "B.C."
Jay Leno.... There's some job openings here at NBC -- the bad news is you have to start out in the mail room. .... The scary thing about anthrax is the word itself -- it sounds like "anthrax." .... We're dropping both bombs and food in Afghanistan. How do they know which plane to stand under? .... President Bush is celebrating Spanish Heritage Month. The theme for Spanish Heritage Month this year is, "Don't shoot! I'm not from the Middle East, I'm a Mexican!" .... Halloween is coming up. The big thing this year is animal costumes. You know what the big animal costume in Afghanistan is this year -- Duck! .... The other day a Taliban spokesman said that they have many young men that want to die as much as Americans want to live. Well, that can be arranged! .... Finding bin Laden? How about finding Dick Cheney? Is his new Secret Service code name Waldo? .... Last night was the premiere of the third "Survivor," "Survivor Africa." After a half-hour of watching the show I was rooting for the lions to win. Who all would rather watch "Let's Vote Osama off the Planet"? .... Osama bin Laden now has a $5 million bounty on his head. This is the first time that a person has a bounty on their head that wears bounty on their head.
David Letterman.... People aren't discouraged, tourism is rebounding here in New York. People are coming back, why even people that don't want to come back are coming back. Example -- the Oakland A's. .... Osama bin Laden's father was divorced 16 times, and he has five wives. Well, I think we're starting to figure out the root of his anger. .... Have you seen bin Laden on TV with his fancy Rolex watch? Why does this guy need a watch? He lives in a cave! A cave! It's either night or it's day. He lives in a cave! We'll see if that Rolex [keeps ticking] after it's hit by a cruise missile.
Argus Hamilton.... Osama bin Laden went on worldwide TV ... and called for Muslim nations to wage a holy war on the U.S. This could stall the Mideast's economic engine. The problem is, all the oil is in Saudi Arabia and all the dipsticks are in Afghanistan. .... Osama bin Laden has given $100 million to the Taliban government of Afghanistan over the last few years. What a total idiot. If he had given it to Bill Clinton he would have been pardoned by now. .... FBI agent James Kallstrom has just been named head of anti-terrorism for New York. He was chief investigator of the explosion aboard TWA 800. He's just weeks away from concluding that the World Trade Center collapsed due to mechanical failure. .... U.S. intelligence experts said [last] Wednesday they are analyzing tapes of Osama bin Laden's speech to see if it contains a secret coded message. In the tape he tells his followers to kill as many Americans as possible. Let's not overthink this. .... President Bush demonstrated national unity again by asking U.S. kids to put a dollar in an envelope send it to the White House. Democrats can't be against this. The sooner you train kids to send all their money to Washington, the better. .... Bill Clinton told a Kennedy Center crowd Tuesday night that his administration thwarted fifteen separate terrorist attacks. He has only himself to blame for the one that got through. By late 1995, it didn't take a terrorist mastermind to know you could destroy the White House with a cheese pizza and thong underwear.