Robert Fisk has got nothing on Marion
Barry. This Washington Post story shows the
current D.C. Council member and former mayor
taking appeasement to a whole new level.
True, crime in Washington is an intractable
problem that cannot be solved by tough policing
and sentencing alone. There are parts of D.C.
where nearly all of society’s institutions–the
family, the church, schools, businesses–have
begun to lose their hold. The meltdown is so
profound that fixing any one part of the equation
is sabotaged by the problems everywhere
else. This is a serious and tragic situation,
with no easy solution. Yet the impulse to abject
appeasement that seems to have corrupted the
liberal mentality in this country is exactly the
wrong way to move toward a solution. Then again,
maybe we can get Osama bin Laden to turn himself
in if we promise not to prosecute him.