Monday Brief

Brief

Sep. 24, 2001

INSIGHT

“These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” –Thomas Paine

GOOD NEWS

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)

“The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.” (Proverbs 11:5)

“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” (Psalm 103:15-18)

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“There is no longer any room in the world for a merely external form of Christianity, based upon custom. The world is entering upon a period of catastrophe and crisis when we are being forced to take sides, and in which a higher and more intense spiritual life will be demanded of Christians.” –Alexander Berdyaev (1874-1948)

FAMILY

“Christian students encounter the … [sincerity-makes-it-true] reasoning on the college campus. If a classmate sincerely believes her unborn child is human, friends will call the child a ‘baby’ and congratulate her. But if she doesn’t, they call it a ‘fetus’ and encourage her to have an abortion. This is such an obvious fallacy. Can we really make something true just by believing it? How about a concrete example? If you sincerely believe your onion rings are french fries, do they become french fries? If you sincerely believe that you’re a frog, do you become a frog? You might leap in the air, but you still will not be a frog. When it comes to concrete, familiar objects, no one falls for the sincerity myth. We all know there’s an objective reality that exists on its own, despite what we may believe about it – and no matter how sincere we are. If we accept the idea of objective truth when dealing with trivial questions, then logically we have to accept it when dealing with big questions about God and morality as well.” –Charles Colson

CULTURE

“What New Yorkers seem to want is a measured and accurate punishment and the prevention of any such barbarism in future – in short, a victory over terrorism that will give meaning to the sacrifice of the dead. …The United States and allied governments must use this brief moment of moral clarity, when ordinary people are listening to them, to explain what is at stake in the long twilight struggle that lies before all civilized people. The dead expect no less.” –John O'Sullivan

LIBERTY

“The hunt for the terrorists is a technical matter, and we must hope that our military has enough virtue left from the Clinton ravages to do the job. But we should have no misgivings about our ability to destroy tyrannies. It is what we do best. It comes naturally to us, for we are the one truly revolutionary country in the world, as we have been for more than 200 years. Creative destruction is our middle name. We do it automatically, and that is precisely why the tyrants hate us, and are driven to attack us. So we begin with an enormous advantage. The tyrants fear us, and their oppressed peoples want what we have to offer: freedom.” –Michael Ledeen

OPINION IN BRIEF

“For once, let’s have no ‘grief counselors’ standing by with banal consolations, as if the purpose, in the midst of all this, were merely to make everyone feel better as quickly as possible. We shouldn’t feel better. A day cannot live in infamy without the nourishment of rage. Let’s have rage. … Let America explore the rich reciprocal possibilities of the fatwa. A policy of focused brutality does not come easily to a self-conscious, self-indulgent, contradictory, diverse, humane nation with a short attention span. America needs to relearn a lost discipline, self-confident relentlessness – and to relearn why human nature has equipped us all with a weapon (abhorred in decent peacetime societies) called hatred….” –Time magazine’s Lance Morrow

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Federal authorities ordered the nation’s airports closed and America’s airspace cleared shortly after horror struck on Sept. 11. Most airlines and airports are up and running again, albeit with beefed-up security and less-than-profitable complements of passengers. But Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport remains shuttered, closed because of its proximity to America’s treasures. …Again the safety experts have been out in force, but the ultimate decision belongs to the president. He ought not cave on the question of Reagan airport. … However, Mr. Bush should understand that leaving Reagan airport closed makes cowards of all of us. Ancillary businesses might soon be in the bottom of the Potomac, and their employees in bread lines. Hotels in and around Crystal City are hurting already; 10,000 citizens with jobs tied directly to the airport are out of work, and so are cabbies, shuttle drivers, rental car businesses, restaurants and shopkeepers. The list from Northern Virginia goes on and on. Consider as well the $5 billion in regional implications on the other side of the Potomac. Indeed, the entire region needs Reagan airport reopened. … And it is especially unfair given that no terrorist plane has ever taken off from there. In fact, last week’s ill-fated flight originated at Dulles. … Closing Reagan airport essentially makes another victory for the terrorists.” –Washington Times

THE GIPPER

“We are not a warlike people. Nor is our history filled with tales of aggressive adventures and imperialism, which might come as a shock to some of the placard painters in our modern demonstrations. The lesson of Vietnam, I think, should be that never again will young Americans be asked to fight and possibly die for a cause unless that cause is so meaningful that we, as a nation, pledge our full resources to achieve victory as quickly as possible.” –Ronald Reagan (1974)

GOVERNMENT

“But events are demonstrating the vitality and utility of nations. Nations govern territory and can be held accountable for what tolerated groups do when enjoying sanctuary in that territory. In combating nations that support terrorists, the pertinent nations are few, and they can be given incentives – offers they can’t refuse – to police their portions of the planet.” –George Will

POLITICAL FUTURES

“In the end, though nobody will say it, the United States will do nearly all the heavy lifting – and take the casualties in getting the job done and abuse later from the fainthearts who will have sat on the sidelines. We can expect a hand from Britain, as always, and Israel and those most like us.” –Wesley Pruden

FOR THE RECORD

“Let us look at American policies. America conducted three wars in the 1990s. The Gulf War saved the Kuwaiti people from Saddam. American intervention in the Balkans saved Bosnia. And then we saved Kosovo from Serbia. What do these three military campaigns have in common? In every one we saved a Muslim people. And then there was Somalia, a military operation of unadulterated altruism. Its sole purpose was to save the starving people of Somalia. Muslims all. For such alliances and actions, we get over 5,000 Americans murdered.” –Charles Krauthammer **Don’t forget our “humanitarian support” as the largest international aid donor to Afghanistan!

SELECT READER COMMENTS

“Do not let those enemies of freedom, or its conspirators, call the promotion of TRUTH ‘partisan politics.’”

“If our country really wants to pursue ALL of those who aided and abetted the attack on September 11th should we start with the enemies among us – Leftist Democrats?”

“As a veteran CIA case officer who spent many years in the Middle East, let me just say thank you to The Federalist editors for your perseverance and for your consistent advocacy of the truth. The ability of my colleagues to provide President Bush accurate, comprehensive and timely foreign intelligence reports was severely compromised under the previous administration – especially after the 1995 directive concerning who we could recruit. Your assessment of the injury done to our military/intelligence capabilities in the last decade is right on the mark. On a more personal note, just coincidence that your publication’s motto, ‘Veritas vos Liberabit,’ also appears in the lobby of our headquarters: ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’?” (John 8:32 for those who do not recognize it…)

“‘Plowshares into swords’? Perhaps we should turn some of the twisted steel of the WTC rubble into bomb casings and send it on.”

“Our President called for a National Day of Prayer Friday. While our leaders were in a prayer service in the National Cathedral, children in our nation’s government schools – where prayer is needed most – were not allowed to pray.”

“I went back and reviewed Federalist editions 99-43 and 99-44 and was amazed – not because your editors broke stride with the majority of publications and commentators by asserting that the Y2K ‘crisis’ was greatly exaggerated (that’s the kind of cool clear perspective I expect from The Federalist) – but in your argument that Y2K was a good catalyst for preparing for terrorism, you made reference to only one terrorist – Osama bin Laden – and one terrorist event – the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Somebody call the Pulitzer people!”

“Her Majesty was able to sing all the words to our National Anthem – unlike some of those on Capitol Hill and on opening day at Yankee Stadium….”

“Every ‘news’ broadcast on the September 11th attack on our countrymen should include these segments in its lead: Hillary Clinton hugging Arafat’s wife and calling for a Palestinian state – the 757 sequence crashing into the WTC towers – Arafat’s recruits dancing in celebration of that attack.”

“I appreciate that you put ‘Communism’ in parentheses, where it should have appeared with the words, fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism in President Bush’s speech.”
Editor’s Reply: Wouldn’t want to offend China, now would we…?

“Have you ever noticed – when Osama bin Laden is being interviewed, James Carville is nowhere to be found?”
Editor’s Reply: Have you ever noticed – when Osama bin Laden is being interviewed, Louis Farrakhan is nowhere to be found?

THE LAST WORD

“It seems to me that objective meaning is flowing, like transfused blood, into all sorts of concepts which were tragically anemic not too long ago. Patriotism is of course the most obvious example. Freedom is another word people are reacquainting themselves with. But we’ve also seen good and evil (and even capitalized Good and Evil) used by all sorts of politicians and commentators normally embarrassed by such morally loaded – and hence unacceptably judgmental – words.” –Jonah Goldberg

EDITOR’S NOTE: Indeed, “Sen. Tom Ridge” is actually “Gov. Tom Ridge”! Hey, it was almost sunrise when that copy edit was reviewed!

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