Footnotes of an America United


 And there were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terrorism.  

Whoever sent those envelopes with anthrax powder have failed to make many people sick, but they've succeeded in making a lot of people scared.  A new ABC News poll shows that 65 percent of the public are worried about anthrax, with 28 percent saying they're worried a great deal.  And a clear majority, 54 percent, are worried that they or a loved one may get the disease.  Twenty-six percent are worried about that a great deal.

A Zogby poll, meanwhile, finds 72 percent of the public say they'd rather have George W. Bush than Bill Clinton in the White House during -- quote -- "this time of crisis."

China has come up with a tough policy for dealing with the threat of terrorism.  It has simply barred people from 20 Middle Eastern and Asian countries from the country.  The London "Daily Telegraph" says Middle Eastern and Israeli citizens have been barred from Chinese airlines and denied visas since the September 11th atrocities.

Beijing is denying the policy, but the "Telegraph" says Middle Eastern embassies have been -- quote -- "swamped with complaints from tourists and businessmen refused entry, forced to leave early or stranded at Chinese borders."

An Ethiopian-born American student at San Diego State University stands accused of verbally abusing fellow students, after he took issue with their celebratory comments about the September 11th atrocities.

The incident took place in the campus library, where 22-year-old Ziwadellum Kabidi (ph) overheard a group Saudi Arabian students, speaking in Arabic, which he understood, expressing approval of the attacks and saying they regretted the planes had missed -- quote -- "the big house."  Kabidi told the campus newspaper that he told those Saudi students they should be ashamed.  He has now been told he faces abuse charges, and could be expelled or suspended.  He is fighting the charges.

Finally, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Democrat of New York, wants the women of Afghanistan to know how much she sympathizes with them.  This is how she appeared on the House floor the other night, to say that it was wrong for women to be forced to wear a burqa at all times, as the Taliban require.


REP. CAROLYN MALONEY (D), NEW YORK:   Women in Afghanistan who are fighting for freedom, should know that they are not fighting in vain.  The women in Congress, the women across this country, are standing with them.


BRIT HUME, HOST:  That really was Congresswoman Maloney.  We saw her after she took the thing off.