Footnotes of an America United

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

Those anti-globalization protesters who planned to disrupt the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund this weekend in Washington had no trouble adjusting to the cancellation of those meetings.

They say they've simply shifted their focus to anti-war protests. The new so-called umbrella group for the protestes is called ANSWER, which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.

An estimated 100,000 were expected to join the original protests. But organizers say they doubt they will get that many for their planned Saturday rally across from the White House.

The American flag continues to stir controversy in the world of education. A sixth-grade teacher in Sacramento has been placed on leave pending an investigation after students at North Avenue Elementary School said the man set fire to an American flag in class and said -- quote -- "Babylon is burning," adding -- quote -- "I can't burn it all because that's illegal" -- end quote.

School officials refused to release the name of the teacher, but Superintendent Carl Mack said -- quote -- "Certainly it wasn't very thoughtful for this age of students." The superintendent didn't explain what age of student flag-burning in class would be thoughtful for.

Muslims in Southern California say they've heard the reports of threats and violence against Muslims and Middle Easterners in the U.S., but according the the "Los Angeles Times," they have been -- quote -- "astounded" by the more numerous reports of~ retraint and kindness.

Sara Eltonawi (ph) of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Southern California said her organization received numerous requests for speakers and literature about Islam. Quote: "I'm a cyncicle person," she said, "but I'm heartened by the earnestsness and sincerity with which people are trying to learn about Islam. "

And Ralph Nader, the Green Party orgazniaer and year 2000 presidential candidate, told an audience at the University of Minnesota Tuesday night that Congress is in -- quote -- "stampede mode" in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

Nader asked those present to consider why U.S. foreign policy is creating enemies. Quote: "We have to begin putting ourselves in the shoes of the innocent, brutalized people in the Third World and ask ourselves: Why do they dislike our foreign policy?" If he had any criticism of the terrorist killers, it was not mentioned in the student newspaper account of his speech.

Many analysts have claimed the terrorist attacks were due in part to a breakdown in the effectiveness of the U.S. intelligence. Former agents and security experts say there are too many restrictions hampering the work of agents and it's a threat to U.S. security. Now they've taken their complaints to Capitol Hill