Some of the anniversary writings provoked thought and stiffened spines and others pointed to a burgeoning anti-Americanism.12:00 AM, Sep 12, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
IN YESTERDAY'S Washington Times, Jennifer Harper reported that, since December 7, 1941, 200 books have been written about Pearl Harbor. And since September 11, 2001, 400 books have been written about the attacks on that terrible day.
The State Department's answer to Osama bin Laden is to "redefine America."Jun 3, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 37 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
SHORTLY AFTER her confirmation as the State Department's top communications whiz last October, Charlotte Beers said she hoped to create among the world's one billion Muslims an "understanding that they don't need to kill us to get our attention."
To accomplish that patronizing goal, Beers and her State Department colleagues have undertaken a "public diplomacy" campaign in the Muslim world. The effort will naturally require unceasing "dialogue" and involve lots of "listening." There will be pamphlets, CD-ROMs, public service announcements, a State Department magazine for young Muslim males.
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WHAT DID ROYCE LAMBERTH KNOW . . . ?
For a press corps obsessing over who knew what when before September 11, there was little attention paid last week to the following revelation in Newsweek (The Scrapbook believes in crediting reporters, but there were 11 bylines on this particular piece):
"Newsweek has learned there was one other major complication as America headed into that threat-spiked summer.
Meet Sayyid Qutb, intellectual father of the anti-Western jihad.Apr 29, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 32 • By DINESH D'SOUZA
BEHIND THE PHYSICAL ATTACK on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was an intellectual attack--an assault not just on American foreign policy but on the principle of freedom. So far the Bush administration's military response has been quite effective against the al Qaeda network. But our intellectual response has been weak. This matters, because ultimately it is not enough to shut down the terrorist camps. We also must stop the "jihad factories," the mosques and educational institutions that are turning out tens of thousands of aspiring suicide bombers and martyrs.
William Kristol's prepared testimony for the February 7, 2002 hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.11:01 PM, Feb 6, 2002 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
THANK YOU, Chairman Biden, Senator Helms, and members of the committee, for inviting me to testify before you today. You have asked me to address the question, "What's next in the war on terrorism?"
The short answer is that Iraq is next. I am not simply saying that Iraq should be next--although I think it should be. I am rather drawing a straightforward conclusion from President Bush's State of the Union speech, and from the logic of the war itself.
Even the best academics can't decide which parts of Islam give rise to terror, let alone what the proper American response should be.11:01 PM, Jan 20, 2002 • By DAVID BROOKS
THE ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER has undertaken a heroic and important task: getting reporters to think about religion. A few years ago a bunch of journalists and I were flown up to Maine to learn about evangelical Christianity from a group of academics. It was an intriguing and coherent lesson on the roots and nature of evangelism from scholars such as Grant Wacker of Duke.
Then, last week, another bunch of us were flown down to Florida to learn about Islam.
From the January 21, 2002 issue: For the war on terrorism to succeed, Saddam Hussein must be removed.Jan 21, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 18 • By ROBERT KAGAN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
WHAT NEXT in the war on terrorism? We hear from many corners that it is still too early to ask this question. If you mention the word Iraq, respectable folks at the State Department and on the New York Times op-ed page get red-faced. After all, the mission in Afghanistan is not over. The destruction of Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda network is not finished.
A raft of anti-bin Laden kitsch has washed up on the Internet. Hurry up and buy.11:01 PM, Jan 10, 2002 • By BO CRADER
EVERY GENERATION has its war, and every war has its merchandise. During the '70s, Americans supported our nation with "Ayatollah is an Assahollah" T-shirts. During the Gulf War, some patriots bolted "Bomb Saddam" license plates to their Camaros, while others used anti-Saddam condoms, confident that, as the directions suggested, the prophylactic would "Help Prevent Unwanted Mistakes Like SADDAM HUSSEIN." As for me, I swapped Gulf War trading cards.
The war on terrorism is no different.
Bin Laden's allies attempt a hostile takeover.Dec 31, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 16 • By PAUL MARSHALL
THE ROAD BETWEEN Poso and Tentena on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi runs past burned-out homes, stores, and churches, and is blocked by checkpoints adorned with pictures of Osama bin Laden. Some have signs proclaiming him "our leader." Islamic militias stop vehicles and check identity papers. Christians have been dragged out of cars and buses and summarily shot.
The checkpoints are the work of the Laskar Jihad militia. In the last two years it has slaughtered thousands.
The Army plans mind games at Fort Bragg.Dec 24, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 15 • By MATT LABASH
FORT BRAGG, N.C.
Despite the low-rent ambiance of Bragg Blvd.--the land of Park'n'Pawns and $1.99 fried chicken plates--Fort Bragg has always been synonymous with the Army's elite. Arriving at the home of the 82nd Airborne and Special Forces, visitors often experience the contact-buzz that comes from occupying the same ground as the Green Berets and Delta Force.
Dec 24, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 15 • By
BIN LADEN'S WEAK HORSE
The new bin Laden video has been so thoroughly chewed over by the commentariat that The Scrapbook has only a couple of points to make. First, the tape was much more effective at strengthening the convictions of those who had already grasped bin Laden's depravity than at changing the minds of the deluded. This is unsurprising. If you are inclined to believe that the Mossad engineered the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, then you will find it easy to believe that the Mossad can create propaganda videos starring an Osama bin Laden look-alike.
Justice goes to war.Dec 17, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 14 • By TERRY EASTLAND
ON NOVEMBER 29, Attorney General John Ashcroft introduced President Bush to an audience of the nation's 94 U.S. attorneys. Bush began his remarks by commending Ashcroft for "principled" and "steady" leadership. "I guess we call you General," he said. Then, turning to the U.S. attorneys, he added, "That means you all are in the Army.
Is Saddam trying to give asylum to Islamic wackos? He's tried it before. . .11:01 PM, Dec 2, 2001 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
DID SADDAM HUSSEIN offer asylum to Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohammed Omar? The answer, at least according to a report last week in Ummat, an Urdu-language newspaper in Karachi, Pakistan, is yes. The paper claims that a senior Iraqi diplomat, Taha Husseyn, met in Kandahar with the Taliban's Mavlana Jalal ud-Din Haqqani.
Matt Labah, the hack's defender.Dec 10, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 13 • By MATT LABASH
AMERICAN JOURNALISTS TYPICALLY regard their British counterparts with a mixture of pity and disdain. Fleet Streeters, so the stereotype goes, tend to be thieving, dipsomaniac fabulists: quick to sensationalize, slow to fact-check, more likely to hoist a pint than a phone.
But I actually think this is unfair. There's no one from whom I'd rather steal than a British hack. As a rule, they have an inborn knack for extracting a story's most interesting details. On occasion, these details even happen to be true. Consequently, the most readable Afghanistan coverage by far belongs to the Brits.
There's only one way to stop fanatical behavior.Dec 10, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 13 • By PAUL R. MCHUGH
IN THE WAKE of September 11, what can a psychiatrist contribute to America's defense? Nothing, of course, to defend the nation from bombs, but something perhaps to defend it against confusion--and here America certainly needs help.
At the University of Pennsylvania, the provost called several neuroscientists together to consider whether the terrorists should be viewed as bad or mad: evildoers or sufferers from an exculpating mental disease. The group reached no conclusion, but one participant thought "brain images" might give the answer.