Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 38, October 15

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, George W. Bush is now The President. His powerful, direct and passionate address to a joint session of Congress captured the panoply of emotions of all who cherish freedom. We made clear that we are resolute in our national indignation...
America Confronts the Face of Evil
The face of evil. If ever it was clear, there it is, rising from the black smoke of the World Trade Center. It matters very little whether the photo is a fluke, a spiritual message or even an artful fabrication. It is there for all to see: the very...
American Gothic: A Growing Horror
It's bad enough that federal farm subsidies have spiraled ever-upward and out of control. They currently make up a larger portion of the average farmer's income (nearly one-half) than they did in 1996, when the Freedom to Farm Act was supposed to liberate...
At a Critical Moment, Bush Administration Grants Greens Reprieve
What do you do when you've got an adversary who is ahead on points but suddenly out of wind and on the ropes? If you're Joe Louis or Rocky Marciano, you throw the punch that will finish the palooka before the palooka finishes you. But if you're...
A Tale of Two Preachers
Though Louis Farrakhan expressed sorrow at America's tragedy, Jesse Jackson tried to transform a moment of national mourning into the tattered politics of race war. Jesse Jackson blasted America's leaders and blamed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
Bailey Separates Heroes from Hoaxers
Larry Bailey, a former Navy SEAL commander, ferrets out frauds trying to pass themselves off as distinguished members of the elite military unit. Larry Bailey is a retired Navy SEAL who was commander of the famed SEAL training school at Coronado,...
Blinded Vigilance
Insight investigates why U.S. intelligence services were caught so completely off guard by the recent Middle Eastern terrorist attacks against the United States. While the terrorists and their sponsors were plotting to hijack airliners and crash...
By the Book: Koran Calls for Concern for Human Life
This magazine profoundly regrets the wrath visited against Muslims in this country in the wake of the cowardly attacks by fanatics on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington. Islam does not sanction such evil, nor do...
Correspondence
Suspicious IRS Audits Raise Eyebrows, Ire of Readers It was fascinating to read John Berlau's article about those of "controversial" political reputation being oddly audited by the IRS ["Is It Time for IRS Head to Roll?" Sept. 24]. As editor of...
Does Reagan National Run Unacceptable Risks?
Reagan National is just minutes from the heart of Washington, or seconds if you calculate flight time, making it a unique security concern. Has the risk become too great? The proximity to government nerve centers makes Ronald Reagan Washington National...
Future War, Right Now
Three books on terrorism describe its fearful rise and ways to combat it. The objective of war, as military theorists from Sun Tzu to Karl von Clausewitz have stressed, is the imposition of will upon, not the physical destruction of, the enemy....
In the Aftermath: A Personal Reflection
Though written in a personal style, this column isn't often a place where the columnist can indulge in deeply personal thoughts on the subjects presented. For that, as some readers know, I have my own newsletter published by Soundview in Atlanta, Elvin's...
Killing Terrorist Cells before the Cancer Spreads
Two years ago the National Security Agency (NSA) penetrated the communications network of Saudi Arabian exile Osama bin Laden, news alert! has learned. The spooks at NSA even tapped into a personal call bin Laden made to his mother. "But they lost...
National Tragedy Brings out Best in News Media
It's been a regular staple of Hollywood for science-fiction writers to pen screenplays conceptualizing hostile superpowers of Earth coming together to face a deadly alien enemy. The video of the astonishing attacks on Washington and New York City,...
No Time for Partisanship
In the week following the shocking terrorist attack on the U.S. mainland, Congress stood united in support of President George W. Bush. How long until it's back to politics as usual? On Sept. 11, 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill used...
Other Observers Critique Media Coverage
First they used our planes to bomb our cities and kill our people, and now they use our media to divide us. More virulent than biological warfare, the terrorists have launched an insidious, well-executed media campaign of hatred designed to rip our...
Pentagon Paper Predicted New Terror
As Americans wonder in horror what kind of people could plot and carry out the deaths of some 5,000 people, a Pentagon report on terrorism published seven years ago, but not released publicly, could provide the answer. The report also seems to predict...
Q: Is the GOP Outreach to Latinos Likely to Succeed?
Yes: Bush's rapport with the nation's fastest-growing voter block is unprecedented. The 2000 census reveals that the Hispanic population in the United States is booming. The governor of a U.S. state with one of the largest Hispanic populations is...
Reserves Being Mobilized for War
President Bush authorized the military to mobilize 50,000 reservists, but Pentagon planners still are determining which units to call up and where they are needed most. Within days of aerial attacks on the United States, President George W. Bush...
Strategy against Terrorism Not Yet Defined
Some old rules about fighting terrorism, learned at bloody cost in Northern Ireland and during the Soviet-supported "wars of national liberation," need to be recalled and restated. Veteran British antiterrorist experts say the first rule is to remember...
The Danger of Biological War
Russia has enough anthrax to kill the world's population four times over. Iraq stockpiles weaponized neurotoxins. Can homeland defense hold up against these weapons? It was a low-tech attack with box-cutters and plastic knives. But suppose it had...
Too Much Blood on Their Hands
In a show of patriotism, Americans have been donating blood en masse. But even though the oversupply eventually may be dumped, the Red Cross still continues to ask for more. Not since Pearl Harbor have Americans responded as they did the week the...
Twin Towers History
The World Trade Center will be remembered not only for its boldness of design and engineering, but also as a symbol of humankind's creativity and its aspirations for the future. The World Trade Center (WTC), erected as "a living symbol of man's...
U.S. Attacks Terror Inc
In addition to military reprisals, U.S. government officials are determined to root out and destroy the various sources of funding for Middle Eastern terrorist groups. In the unfolding confrontation between the United States and terrorists, military...
What's the Right Course?
Arnaud de Borchgrave, editor at large of United Press International, a sister news service of Insight, spoke with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo after the terrorist attack on the United States. The following is excerpted from that interview:...