Wednesday Chronicle

Chronicle

Sep. 26, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought. … The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” –Samuel Adams (Born September 27, 1722) On Thursday, pause for a moment and thank old Sam Adams for defining the true nature of a “patriot.”

INSIGHT

“…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

“It is necessary for us to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.” –Hyman Rickover

“Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.” –William Shakespeare

“But when to mischief mortals bend their will, How soon they find fit instruments of ill!” –Alexander Pope

“I find more marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatever.” –Isaac Newton

“America seeks no empire built on blood and forces…she cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God.” –Calvin Coolidge

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” –Martin Luther

“We are in bondage to the law so that we may be free.” –Cicero

“Lex mala, lex nulla.” (An evil law, is no law). –Thomas Aquinas

UPRIGHT

“Hatred, fanaticism and terrorism profane the name of God and disfigure the true image of man.” –Pope John Paul II

“When we speak of ‘fundamentalist’ Christians and ‘orthodox’ Jews, we mean those who follow quite strictly the teachings of the New Testament or Torah. If ‘Islamic fundamentalist’ likewise means strict adherence to the Koran, then the phrase cannot be properly applied to those who attempt to terrorize Christians and Jews.” –Alan Reynolds

“They moved here, and they used our freedom. You could say that war has immigrated to America as part of our immigration policy.” –Rush Limbaugh

“We have to dismantle the entire madness called multiculturalism. No, people are not the same everywhere, and what they do, believe and advocate is not of equal value.” –Balint Vazsonyi

“Some observers of America have predicted that we eventually would defeat ourselves from within. They were almost right. Effective Sept. 11, we are again one people, one body united to honor the dead, to defend liberty and the living. To look terrorism in the eye and say: ‘Over our dead bodies.’” –Kathleen Parker

“We have received a wake up call from hell,” …[and we have a choice of whether to act or to hit the] “collective snooze button.” –Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

“There is no point, in a situation like this, being an 80 percent ally.” –Australian Prime Minister John Howard

“Pacifism in the face of war is not only irresponsible – it is immoral. Refusing to meet force with force in the name of peace will beget not peace, but further death and destruction – the very violence the pacifists seek to avoid.” –David Limbaugh

“These men are fighting the first battle. These are the men who will fight our wars.” –New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

“The fires that erupted in the wreckage of the World Trade Center blaze on many shores. The conflagration isn’t confined to the Middle East.” –Don Feder

“America did not panic when the British burned Washington, D.C., to the ground in the War of 1812, and America must not panic today.” –Dave Kopel

“A lot of ironic detachment and cynicism has been washed away, and on the whole that’s a good thing.” –Jonah Goldberg

“Clarity is the enemy of fear.” –Michael Graham

“If our enemies are attacking freedom, this is no time for Americans to abandon it.” –Steve Chapman

“Our intelligence has grown complacent, cocky, fat, lazy, too-rich – and not ‘hungry’ enough to remember the desperate days of World War II when our OSS performed heroically behind enemy lines to thwart Hitler and Japan. We will not win this War on Terrorism until we rip apart and then rebuild our own very-lacking intelligence apparatus.” –John LeBoutillier

“…[W]e can thank our lucky stars that the president of the United States has yet to mention the U.N. in our antiterrorist war. I hope somebody mentions this to the secretary of state.” –Michael Ledeen

“After sleepwalking through the past decade, as we did in the 1930s, we have awakened in our own blood. We can, and will, prevail. But before we can fight well, we must think clearly.” –Ralph Peters

“Corrupt rulers, and would-be rulers, blamed the woes of their peoples on the Jews. So too do today’s rulers and would-be rulers on the Americans.” –David Quinn

“Although most Americans seem to understand the gravity of the situation that terrorism has put us in – and the need for some serious military response, even if that means dangers to the lives of us all – there are still those who insist on posturing, while on the edge of a volcano.” –Thomas Sowell

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“President Bush has promised a long and determined war on terrorism, and the country and the world are welcoming his leadership. But while we’re mobilizing for that effort, it’s worth recalling how our government and allies responded to three previous terrorist attacks on American targets. It’s a sorry chronology, and it helps explain why Osama bin Laden and the countries that harbor his al Qaeda terror network have yet to take the U.S. seriously. Khobar Towers, June 25, 1996: A truck bomb explodes outside a U.S. military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring some 500. President Clinton declares: ‘The cowards who committed this murderous act must not go unpunished.’ Embassy bombings, August 7, 1998: Car bombs explode within minutes of each other at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Twelve Americans are among the 224 killed; 4,600 are injured. Again Mr. Clinton promises to hunt down the terrorists. ‘These acts of terrorist violence are abhorrent,’ he says. ‘They are inhuman.’ He vows to ‘use the means at our disposal to bring those responsible to justice, no matter what or how long it takes.’ USS Cole, October 12, 2000: Terrorists drive motorboats loaded with explosives into an American destroyer refueling in Yemen. Seventeen servicemen die. Again all attention is on bin Laden. Mr. Clinton declares that, ‘We will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable.’ … The lessons seem clear: These aren’t criminal matters that can be handled like police work; they are acts of war that require a sustained military response. Pursuing low-level operatives isn’t enough. The U.S. cannot allow its allies to provide sanctuary to terrorists or stymie American responses. In his speech last week, Mr. Bush showed that he has absorbed the lessons of these past failures. And our political elites appear prepared to follow his lead. But given this sad recent history, the terrorists won’t take America seriously until they see that we mean it.” –Wall Street Journal

DEZINFORMATSIA

“ABC has barred its journalists from wearing lapel flags.” –Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz **Haven’t seen many of them around the Washington Post either….

“Especially in a time of national crisis, the most patriotic thing journalists can do is to remain as objective as possible. That does not mean journalists are not patriots. All of us are at a time like this. But we cannot signal how we feel about a cause, even a justified and just cause, through some sort of outward symbol.” –Jeffrey Schneider, ABC’s spokesman on why anchors won’t be sporting American flags on their lapels – or anywhere else.

Meanwhile, over at CBS: “It doesn’t feel right to me. I have the flag burned in my heart, and I have ever since infancy. And I just don’t feel the need to do it. It just doesn’t feel right to me. [M]y inner self says you don’t need to do that. But I have absolutely no argument with anyone else who feels differently.” –CBS talkinghead Dan Rather on why his “inner self” does not want him to fly our nation’s flag on his lapel.

And at Reuters: “We all know that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word terrorist. To be frank, it adds little to call the attack on the World Trade Center a terrorist attack.” –Stephen Jukes, global news editor for Reuters, in an internal memo on “terrorism.” Thus: “Two hijacked planes attacked the twin towers.” –Reuters on why the planes were at fault for the Sept. 11th terrorist attack

“For the most part, this is not going to be reassuring to the international community which was looking for something probably a little bit softer.” –Claire Shipman to Sam Donaldson on President Bush’s address to Congress.

Correction: In last week’s edition 01-38, we quoted Peter Jennings as saying, “[Bush should] come out and face the Nation and explain [his failure] to protect the country from these terrorists attacks.” Our media source misquoted Jennings, who did, however, complain of President Bush’s whereabouts on September 11: “The country looks to the president on occasions like this to be reassuring to the nation. Some presidents do it well, some presidents don’t.” We regret the error.

VILLAGE IDIOTS

“What happened there is – they all have to rearrange their brains now – is the greatest work of art ever. That characters can bring about in one act what we in music cannot dream of, that people practice madly for ten years, completely fanatically, for a concert and then die. That is the greatest work of art for the whole cosmos. I could not do that. Against that, we, composers, are nothing.” –German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen on what’s left of the World Trade Center.

“When will we see a flag that embraces all people on earth, not just Americans?” –Theme banner seen at several college campus protests against U.S. military action in Afghanistan.

From the “Village Academic Curriculum” File: “A natural reaction to horrific acts of violence like the recent terrorist attacks on the United States is the desire to lash out and punish the perpetrators. While anger is a normal response felt by many, we must ensure that we do not compound an already great tragedy. Most importantly, adults must model tolerance and compassion in their words and behavior. They should also encourage children to explore their feelings about prejudice and hate. … All people deserve to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity…. Vengeance and justice are not necessarily the same. We need to work for peace in our communities and around the world.” –National Association of School Psychologists Web site

SHORT CUTS

“Enduring Freedom.” –The Pentagon’s new name for the initial phase of the war on terrorism, after Muslim complaints that only Allah can mete out “Infinite Justice.”

“Taking Liberties.” –Wall Street Journal editorialists’ concern over what the conflict might turn into.

“Film director Alfred Hitchcock taught us that if there’s a gun in act one, it’s sure to go off in act three. Welcome, America, to act three.” –Barry Farber

“‘Kick God out of America’ seemed to be the movement in this country until 8:42 a.m. on September 11, 2001.” –E. Ralph Hostetter

“The military is a killing instrument; if we want finesse we should hire a ballet company.” –Ralph Peters

“It’s hard to be consistently funny in the best of times, and these days no one feels like joking around. While gallows humor pleasingly mocks death, once death is in the room the comedy ends. Irony – the first refuge of the exhausted joke writer, television wise guy, and the would-be sophisticate – is far too frivolous for these times. Because more attacks are expected, one can reasonably assume that our enemies, while not destroying the American spirit, have gravely wounded our sense of humor.” –Dave Shiflett

Night Lines:

Jay Leno…. Well, we can’t do Bush jokes anymore – he’s smart now! …. We’ve done our share of Bush jokes, but people rise to the occasion. …. America seems to be adjusting. In fact, here in Hollywood, people are almost back to abnormal. …. More is out on spoiled rich kid Osama bin Laden. In Time magazine they say he inherited $80 million at age 13. Then he got up to $300 million through construction, smart investments and oil and gas investments. See, he can use this money in his war on capitalism. …. The Taliban says that killing bin Laden won’t solve the problem. It couldn’t hurt! …. Do you know who has been appointed to the Committee on Homeland Security? Gary Condit. Yes, he’s on the committee. I guess they figure if we’re going to look for the scum of the earth, then we’d better get some lowlifes on the committee. …. The airlines have now done away with meal service on a lot of flights. They’re doing everything to get people to fly again! …. Health experts say that because of events of the past week, millions of Americans are now having trouble sleeping. This is why Al Gore could help. Maybe he could give a speech.

Argus Hamilton…. NCAA football resumed play on Saturday amid extraordinarily tight security at the stadiums. At the Rose Bowl, security officials were searching the handbags of grandmothers. There’s always the risk that one of them will try to knit an Afghan. …. Afghanistan’s Taliban is reportedly beefing up its border defenses to resist an American attack. It won’t work. There’s only one thing that has ever stopped an American advance, and the Taliban doesn’t know a spotted owl from a kangaroo rat. …. The West Wing will air an episode October 3rd about the attacks on America. Creator Aaron Sorkin says he wants to address an important question. He wants to know why terrorists get through with box cutters and he gets stopped for mushrooms. …. Prime Minister Tony Blair sat in the gallery and got a standing ovation from Congress. He looked nervous. He sat through a 30-minute speech about the first time Washington has ever been attacked hoping no one would remember the War of 1812. …. Bill Maher lost two sponsors on Politically Incorrect [last] Monday when he accused the U.S. military of cowardice for firing cruise missiles from safe distances. The remark did not go over well. Jane Fonda’s gotten more applause at a VFW convention. …. The United States received offers of support from Syria, Libya and Iran over the weekend. Their reaction is understandable. If there’s one thing a bunch of truck bombers can’t stand, it’s a bunch of airline bombers ruining their good name. …. President Bush said Sunday Americans can’t expect things to return to exactly the way they were. He said borders are going to be much tighter. No longer will Canadians be able to come down to this country and take jobs away from our Mexicans.

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