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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who sports the hat of senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says in order to achieve victory in the war on terrorism, the United States and its allies must adhere to 10 principles: 1. We are at war. ("We have to defeat terrorism to preserve our safety, our freedom, and civilization as we know it. We have no alternative. We must win.") 2. In war, your enemies are allowed to be clever, courageous and determined. ("Time is always on the side of evil. That is an important premise of history.") 3. In war, your vision of success is decisive for the rest of your achievement. ("The only legitimate vision is the defeat and destruction of the terrorist system. That requires that we declare terrorism to be a crime against all nations, just as we did with piracy.") 4. The stakes are enormous. ("Sept. 11 is a tragic but providential warning of a much worse future.") 5. We must insist on change. ("Because we now have vivid proof in New York and Washington of the future if we do not.") 6. To achieve victory, we must plan a coercive, not a consensual campaign. ("In a coercive campaign you say, 'Anyone not doing X, anyone not doing the minimum we have set, will have to be replaced.'") 7. The campaign has to be comprehensive. ("The war has to be fought on economic, military, diplomatic, and political fronts.") 8. All coalition members must be willing to support our plan. ("Any country harboring terrorists cannot claim to be passive.") 9. We have to sustain freedom every day. ("(Terrorists) do not have to hit every day. We have to sustain freedom every day.") 10. We must continuously communicate to the American people and to most people around the world what it means to be on our side. ("The campaign to defeat terrorism will last only as long as it has popular support, and that support will require a sustained major information campaign both at home and abroad.") MEMORIAL TO MILLIONS The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has made significant progress in selecting a "prime site" in downtown Washington for construction of a memorial and museum to commemorate 100-plus million people who died at the hands of communism in the 20th century. Details are to be announced at the foundation's third annual Truman-Reagan Freedom Awards Dinner on Dec. 11, the principal address to be given by Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser under President Carter. Retiring five-term senator, Jesse Helms, R-N.C., and Soviet dissident and human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky will be presented with the Truman-Reagan Freedom Medals for their roles in promoting freedom and democracy throughout the world. HISTORY SURFACES Dwight D. Eisenhower's handwritten diaries from 1944 and 1945 have been found, documenting the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, D-Day operations, the Allied breakout from Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the surrender of Germany in May 1945. The two volumes were discovered among the personal possessions of Barbara Wyden when she moved recently from her Connecticut home, according to her brother Richard Woodman. Wyden long ago was ghostwriter of a memoir by Eisenhower's wartime secretary, Kay Summersby. Winston Churchill, General Bernard Montgomery, General George Patton and King George VI are among the characters who march across the diaries' pages. The 1944 volume is bound in dark blue leather and carries the inscription "Diary" in gold letters, while the 1945 diary is tan leather and has inscribed "Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower" in gold lettering. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kan., under the direction of the National Archives and Records Administration, has not only acquired, but has already "made available for research," both desk diaries. HELP WANTED In response to the new Transportation Security Act, Uncle Sam is seeking 28,000 U.S. citizens with "sufficient dexterity" to screen passengers and bags at airports. Minimum requirements: high school or comparable degree, no serious criminal record. Maximum pay: $25,000 annually. "We expect to have standards and application procedures for these positions developed no later than the end of the year, at which time we will begin accepting applications," the Department of Transportation informs us. In the meantime, the DOT asks those interested in becoming federal screeners to leave their names and addresses at the following number: 800/525-2878. WASHINGTON CENTERFOLD Yes, that's Brit Hume, Fox News Channel's star anchorman, chief Washington correspondent and managing editor, exposing all he can in the January 2002 issue of Playboy. "Hume's role in a conservative-leaning network wouldn't have been predicted from his background," the popular men's magazine observes. "He grew up in Washington, where his father worked as an inventor. When his brother reached draft age, his parents protested against the Vietnam war." Playboy describes Hume as an "unexceptional" student who barely graduated from college but fortunately, like the rest of us, he "found his calling when he walked into a newspaper office."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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