Monday, November 15, 2004

Two of our favorites have great columns today

The indespensible Charles Krauthammer on Arafat's Legacy,

It is a legacy in two parts: means and ends. The means? Violence. Arafat
invented modern terrorism: airplane hijackings, kidnappings, and the spectacular
mass murder, like the Olympic massacre of 1972. Others had tried it. Arafat
perfected it. He turned terror into a brilliantly successful political
instrument, a vehicle to international recognition and respect. The man who
murdered more innocent Jews than anyone since Hitler died an international hero.
The president of France bowed to his casket. The secretary-general ordered UN
flags to fly at half-staff.

Arafat also bequeathed a legacy of ends: uncompromising irridentist ends.
He didn't just reject any settlement that would leave Israel intact, thereby
setting a precedent that any successor dare not violate. He also raised a new
generation to ensure that rejection. Deploying every instrument of propaganda --
television, radio, newspapers and, most importantly, schools and summer camps
for children -- his Palestinian Authority fed his people a diet of such virulent
anti-Semitism and denial of the Jewish connection with the land that no
successor will even be in position to contemplate breaking Arafat's rejectionist
precedent.


The great Michael Barone tells us how the blogs ran circles around the mainstream media,

It was a bad election for Old Media. More than in any other election in the
last half-century, Old Media -- The New York Times and CBS News, joined often
but not always by The Washington Post, other major newspapers, ABC News and NBC News -- was an active protagonist in this election, working hard to prevent the
re-election of George W. Bush and doing what it could for John Kerry. The
problem for Old Media is that it no longer has the kind of monopoly control over
political news that it enjoyed a quarter-century ago. And its efforts to help
John Kerry proved counterproductive.