Monday Brief

Brief

Oct. 8, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all? Away, then, with those absurd systems which to gratify the pride of a few debase the greater part of our species below the order of men. What an affront to the King of the universe, to maintain that the happiness of a monster, sunk in debauchery and spreading desolation and murder among men, of a Caligula, a Nero, or a Charles, is more precious in his sight than that of millions of his suppliant creatures, who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God! No, in the judgment of heaven there is no other superiority among men than a superiority in wisdom and virtue.” –Samuel Adams

INSIGHT

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumphs. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: ‘Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” –Thomas Paine

GOOD NEWS

“So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: 'How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house’.” (Mark 3:23-27)

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“Like Eastern faiths, Christianity has an emotional and contemplative component. …And it’s undeniable that the knowledge that our sins are forgiven and that we will live forever with God often affects us emotionally. But being a Christian isn’t about an experience or an emotion. It’s about affirming or confessing certain things to be true about what God has actually done in Jesus Christ and in history. Almost uniquely among the world’s religions, Christianity has used creeds and confessions drawn from Scripture to define who is inside and outside of the fold. There is nothing subjective about Christianity’s great statements of the faith….” –Charles Colson

FAMILY

“Marriage rates have plummeted to a 40-year low, while divorce rates continue to hover just above 50 percent. The major implication: the freedom to casually marry and divorce, has been equated with the broader freedom to be human and pursue one’s own whims. …Savaging social customs does not change the necessary role that a two-parent home plays in the rearing of our children. It is no accident that 60 percent of our violent inmates came from single-parent households. Plainly, without the unconditional love and discipline provided by two parents, children do not like themselves very much. Lacking the capacity to value themselves, these children lose the ability to empathize with society in general, making the child far more apt to act out their confusion with violent and destructive behavior. Simply, with a two-parent home, a child is more apt to receive a consistent message of unconditional love and discipline. The same cannot be said in single-parent homes where children increasingly come home from school, make their own dinners, choose whether or not to do their homework while watching television and, essentially, watch themselves. The emotional vacuum created in such an environment can ignite a lifetime of confusion. The children act out their confusion with destructive behavior, or outbursts of violence. In reality, these children are begging for their parents and society to discipline them, to demonstrate with certainty that they care. Should the parent fail to notice, children will escalate their destructive behavior until their hurt and pain become deeply ingrained and becomes their only currency of expression. In such a manner, a generation of parents for whom defying social customs was part of the liberating quest to simply be themselves, reared a generation of violent children who have difficulty loving themselves or the world around them.” –Armstrong Williams

CULTURE

“The anti-warriors must know that their position is a luxury made affordable only by the sure bet that no one in authority will ever accede to their position. The marchers and shouters and flag-burners in Washington pretended to the argument that war should not be waged. What they really mean is that war should not be waged by them. It should be waged by other mothers’ sons and daughters. How many pacifists would be willing to accept the logical outcome of their creed of nonviolence even in face of attack–life as a conquered people? Not many, I would think. How many want the (mostly lower-class) men and women of the United States armed forces to continue to fight so that they may enjoy the luxury of preaching against fighting? Nearly all, I would think. Liars. Frauds. Hypocrites.” –Michael Kelly

LIBERTY

“What opponents of the Second Amendment have never understood is that the prime benefit of the right to bear arms is now and always has been reaped without a shot being fired. The main benefit does not lie in the occasional person who shoots an attacker in self-defense. It doesn’t lie in the many attacks that are stopped by warning shots or the brandishing of a weapon. The main value of the Second Amendment is that anybody who considers attacking a home, a business, or a community, has to fear one thing above all – the people there may be armed.” –Glenn Sacks

OPINION IN BRIEF

“It is a delusion to think terrorism can be appeased. Violence feeds on itself. The demands of the demons inside every hater are never satisfied. Not even when they drive the hater to destroy himself along with others. For hatred has no final demand; its appetite grows with its conquests. Its idea of a perfect world is a heel forever smashing a human face – its heel, our faces. That is why, when great violence is done and mighty towers topple, and thousands are left to suffer and die, hatred exults. It throws a party, it tosses candy, it dances in the streets. It cheers. And it demands still more victims.” –Paul Greenberg

WORTH REPEATING

“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.” –William Tyler Page, 1918

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Assembling a coalition to prosecute the war is fine in principle – so long as it is remembered that the war is the purpose of the coalition rather than vice versa. We can do without the dubious aid of countries that demand, as the price of their cooperation, that we betray our true friends or abandon our purpose. And no doubt the size of the coalition will vary with the phase of the war. The Saudis are welcome in our coalition now that we have forced them to cut off their ties to the Taliban. It is very hard, on the other hand, to see what the Syrians have to offer. Rather than keeping our mission foremost in mind, Powell is acting as though our most important consideration is to position President Bush to win the next election in Pakistan. For over a generation, Arab terrorists – both Islamist and secular – have pledged to fight America to the death. They do it on principle. So should we.” –National Review

THE GIPPER

“We who were enemies are now friends. Out of the ruins of war has blossomed an enduring peace…. We cannot undo the crimes and wars of yesterday, nor call the millions back to life…. The one lesson of World War II, the lesson of Nazism, is that freedom must always be stronger than totalitarianism and that good must always be stronger than evil.” –Ronald Reagan

GOVERNMENT

“In a truly free society, interest rates should be set by the market. The laws of supply and demand work better than any government bureaucrat in determining the correct cost of money, and without the political favoritism and secrecy that characterize central banks. Americans should not tolerate the manipulation of our economy and the inflation of our currency by an unaccountable institution. The turbulent period we are entering may serve to remind Americans that the Fed cannot suspend the laws of economics. The key to lasting prosperity is a return to true private banking, where interest rates are set by the free market and dollars are backed by gold.” –Rep. Ron Paul

POLITICAL FUTURES

“It is vitally important that America stick to the essentials of its military response and carry it through relentlessly and thoroughly. Although only Britain can be guaranteed to back the White House in every contingency, it is better in the long run for America to act without many allies, or even alone, than to engage in a messy compromise dictated by nervousness and cowardice. That would be the worst of all solutions and would be certain to lead to more terrorism, in more places, and on an ever-increasing scale. Now is the ideal moment for the United States to use all its physical capacity to eliminate large-scale international terrorism. The cause is overwhelmingly just, the nation is united, the hopes of decent, law-abiding men and women everywhere go with American arms. Such a moment may never recur. The great William Gladstone, in resisting terrorism, once used the phrase, ‘The resources of civilisation are not yet exhausted.’ That is true today. Those resources are largely in American hands, and the nation – ‘the last, best hope of mankind’ – has an overwhelming duty to use them with purposeful justification and to the full, in the defense of the lives, property, and freedom of all of us. This is the central point to keep in mind when the weasel words of cowardice and surrender are pronounced.” –Paul Johnson

FOR THE RECORD

In our assessment of the 9-11 attack on New York and Washington, we noted some similarities between that event and Pearl Harbor – not the least of which is the fact we were utterly unprepared in both cases. There are several additional similarities that are instructive.

First, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (who developed and launched the strike against the U.S. at Pearl Harbor) studied at Harvard from 1919 to 1921. The 19 known terrorists involved in the September 11th attack received most of their training in the United States.

Second, in 1940, Admiral Yamamoto said, “In the first 6-12 months of a war with the United States…I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.” Similarly, the most dangerous period for our nation’s ability to sustain continuity of government and commerce is the next 6-12 months, while the surge in our intelligence and military capabilities restores our ability to defend our shores.

And last, On April 17, 1943, American intelligence intercepted and decoded a message indicating Yamamoto would be making an inspection flight. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox issued an order to intercept Yamamoto’s flight and escorts and destroy them “at all costs.” At 0933 the next morning, Maj. John Mitchell’s 339th Fighter Squadron and Capt. Thomas Lanphier’s 70th Fighter Squadron flew 400 miles just above the white caps and intercepted Admiral Yamamoto’s aircraft as it entered the Kahili airdrome, quickly dispensing with the admiral and his escort of six Zekes. Yamamoto’s “assassination significantly undermined Japan’s war effort.”

Indeed, one overriding objective of the current war against Jihadistan must be to sever the head of the beast that seeks to destroy us – the key strategist for the Al Qaeda forces of Jihadistan – at all costs – or as President Bush said, “bin Laden, dead or alive.” In this case, let’s see if we can’t encourage a Muslim faction to do the honor!

SELECT READER COMMENTS

“In his tough speech, President Bush said there would be no terrorist state allowed to survive. Did I hear wrong? Arafat is going to receive our support. It is not what our government says, but what they are doing that counts?”
Editor’s Reply: Actually, as we have noted before, we think this is a very astute move – get all of them in one location so we have better defined targets….

The Federalist quoted Lyn Nofziger saying,‘ …Come to think about it, a couple of well placed A-bombs could change the name to Afgonistan.’ Well, now we can change the name of their capitol to Kaboom!!!”

“The latest Federalist Digest awarded CNN the ‘Big Lie’ designation for their assertion, ‘CNN is sensitive about reporting information that could jeopardize lives or ongoing military operations.’ Well, Sunday, on the heels of our assault on Afghanistan, CNN devoted much of their airtime to broadcasting videos and tapes from – you guessed it – the Taliban. So, CNN is serving as a broadcast mouthpiece for our enemy while we are at war… At least "Tokyo Rose” broadcast from Japan!

THE LAST WORD

This Week’s “Top Ten” issue: Ms. Margaret Crosby, counsel for the ACLU of Northern California (based in San Francisco), insists that a “God Bless America” sign at an elementary school is “a hurtful, divisive message” and it “must be replaced immediately.” Cosby states further in her complaint, “By displaying a religious message, the Breen Elementary School is dividing its young students along religious lines. School officials are hurting and isolating their schoolchildren of minority faiths when they should be supporting them and the values of pluralism and tolerance.”

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