Ross Mackenzie

Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi of Egypt -- a country with a per-capita GDP of $1,697, ranking it 111th in the world, compared with America's 10th-ranking $45,790 -- on the recession gripping the developed world: "The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market, is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up."

General James Conway, Marine Corps commandant and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on al-Qaida's shifting focus to Afghanistan and Pakistan from an Iraq where "it smells like (U.S./Iraqi) victory": "I don't think there is anybody in Iraq these days planning a strike on the U.S. But I fear there are people in Afghanistan or Pakistan who could be doing that very thing."

George Shultz, secretary of state in the Reagan administration, on the need to continue the Bush administration's policy of pre-emption against regimes advancing islamofascist terror: "In this age where there are people who want to do damage to us through terrorist tactics, you want to be aggressive in trying to find out what might happen before it happens, and then stop it from happening. That is, take preventive action. . . . That's an uncomfortable idea for people, particularly when the act of prevention takes place in some other country. Even if it takes place in this country, it has its problems."

The Week magazine: "Emergency rooms in Canada are so crowded that patients are dying while they wait to be treated, Canadian doctors said (last month). Treatment is free in Canada's national health care system, and at many hospitals packed ambulances idle outside for hours because there is no place to leave patients. . . . 'We've had people have heart attacks in the waiting room, people seize in the waiting room, and patients have miscarriages in the waiting room,' said Dr. Brian Rowe of the University of Alberta Hospital. 'It's like a Third World country.'"

Bill Clinton, during the presidential campaign, discussing the popularity of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin: "I get why she's hot out there, why she's doing well. People look at her, and they say: 'All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family. I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married.' . . . (Voters will think,) 'I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They're wonderful children. They're wonderful people. And I like the idea that (her husband) does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy.'"

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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