Footnotes of an America United

There were these footnotes to the continuing story of America's war on terror. 

The liberal group Council for a Livable World is backing away, sort of, from an emergency fund-raising and lobbying letter it sent out over the signature of Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California.  The letter attacks the Bush administration, chiefly on the issue of missile defense, and declares, "The extremists are in charge of the White House."

The group does not deny that it sent the letter on the day before and day of the terrorist attacks and says, "We regret the unfortunate timing."  It does not, however, repudiate anything the letter says and repeats its criticism of the president's missile defense program. 

Members of a Scottish soccer team report that during a game against a Greek team in Athens over the weekend, there was a minute of silence in honor of those who died in the terrorist attacks.  But Scottish team Coach Alex McLeish says that the silence was broken by Greek fans jeering "Americans, killers." 

And when he looked up in the stands, he saw people burning an Israeli flag and trying to burn an American flag, which they were not able to ignite.  Quote: "What badly disappointed me," says Alex McLeish, "was that there was no effort by anyone, the police included, to do anything about it."

Even before ABC News ordered its staff not to wear American flag pins, anchorman Peter Jennings was under attack for allegedly disparaging President Bush on the air during live coverage on the day of the terrorist attacks.  But the Media Research Center, which regularly criticizes the TV networks for liberal bias, has closely examined everything Jennings said that day and found "no insults or disrespectful comments about President Bush."

The center noted, for example, that Jennings, near the end of a 17-hour day, said of the president's Oval Office speech that night, "He and his staff didn't have an enormous amount of time to work on it.  It seems, in large measure, to have satisfied people all over the nation tonight."

ABC News, meanwhile, has added to its list of explanations for its no-flag-pin policy: that allowing the pins might cause one performer who chose not to wear one to appear less patriotic than one who did.  Spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told The Atlanta Constitution, "It is best not to place such an unfair burden on the reporters."