Vietnam Was Overrated 

Summaries of what's in Time, Newsweek, etc.
April 28 2000 9:30 PM

Vietnam Was Overrated 

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The New Republic, May 8

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The cover story blasts liberals who endorse civil unions for gays while wishing to bar gays from marriage. This position is a "well-meaning surrender to unfounded fear": Gay marriage does not threaten heterosexual marriage. Civil unions are as deplorable as "separate but equal." An article applauds Earth Day's evolution into "a corporate-sponsored, celebrity-obsessed extravaganza." The hoopla attracts the attention of young folks.

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Economist, May 5

An article argues that Vietnam's impact on the United States has been vastly exaggerated. The war did inhibit liberal hawks and spur Congress to increase oversight of foreign policy, but faith in humanitarian interventions has rebounded. A piece predicts the decline of the Asian tycoon. The patriarchal Asian corporations that thrived in the old economy cannot survive in the new economy. Foreign capital and international competition will force Asian firms to become more meritocratic.

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New York Times Magazine, April 30

The cover story argues that Web users must be protected against electronic invasions of privacy. Technology permits employers, professional snoops, and information purveyors to find sensitive information about you, but such fragmentary electronic data—the books you buy, the dirty e-mail you sent—are incomplete and distorting. You should be able to guard your "public identity." … A profile portrays Austrian nationalist Jörg Haider as a "chameleonic charmer" whose populism attracts working men, "veteran nationalists," and "the MTV crowd." Haider plays with fascist, socialist, and conservative themes, making his Freedom Party impossible to define.

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George, May 2000

The cover story describes Elián González's ill-fated journey to the United States. A storm capsized the small boat that carried Elián, killing his mother's boyfriend and nine of his family members. His mother protected Elián by tying him to an inner tube, shielding him from the sun, and giving him all her drinkable water. Then she drowned.

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Time and Newsweek, May 1

Both mags run Elián cover stories, of course. Time reports that Attorney General Janet Reno felt that an "immediate rescue" was necessary because the "Little Havana media circus" was traumatizing Elián. Newsweek argues that the reunion between father and son justifies the fed's tactics. The commando-style raid was a wise precaution because Elián's cousin Marisleysis claimed agents could be "hurt," and rumors of armed-resistance abounded. …  A Time piece underscores that the law supports a parent's right to decide where a kid lives. Courts rarely consider petitions from kids younger than 14.

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