Ross Mackenzie

A jumble of quotations - mostly about topics and people currently in the news, and mostly commendable...

Hussain Haqqani, former adviser to two Pakistani prime ministers, and now a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: "Many Islamic revivalists, or Islamists, have turned to terrorism in an effort to destroy the West's military, economic, cultural, and technological domination. Above all, they resent and resist the free flow of ideas within the Muslim community and with the West. ... Muslims have suffered a great deal from their tendency to shun discussion of ideas, especially those relating to history and religion and their impact on politics. Hard-liners won't tolerate questioning of their views that Islam has nothing to learn from 'unbelievers' or that Muslims have a right to subdue other faiths, by force if necessary."

'Washington Post' TV writer Tom Shales, on Barbara Walters' interview with Hillary Clinton: "On bare-knuckle political issues, (Mrs.]) Clinton was effective. What broke her heart, she said, was not her husband's infidelity or even his virtuoso lying, or any personal tragedy. What's 'broken my heart' is the mess George Bush has made of the very same economy that the Clinton administration 'turned around' and got back on track. (Nor did she) really back down from her notorious allegation about a 'vast right-wing conspiracy' out to get her husband's administration, either; she conceded that 'conspiracy' might have been too strong a word but stuck to her guns about wealthy conservatives financing a fanatical get-Bill vendetta."

Michel Montaigne, 16th-century French moralist and essayist: "Of our maladies, the most wild and barbarous is to despise our being. ... For my part, I love life and cultivate it."

The late TV anchor and commentator David Brinkley, in his forthcoming posthumous book, "Brinkley's Beat: People, Places, and Events That Shaped My Time": "Individual journalists, from the anchors to the local news beat reporters, are all constrained in their power by the skepticism of a public that from the beginning saw in television something closer to the tradition of entertainment (movies, theater, and the like) than to the tradition of the press."


Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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