Since 9/11, there's been a constant call for Muslims to condemn terrorism. But when they do, they don't always get much attention. Now, in response to the Islamic Medical Association of North America's condemnation of the attacks in Glasgow, Scotland, and London by Muslim doctors, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution of praise. When members of their faith and their profession acted so viciously, these doctors were right to speak out as they did.
- Newsday (New York)
The rhythm of some Philadelphia neighborhoods, more and more, is the pop of gunfire. Lately, that rhythm has been fierce.
Seven people died and 36 were wounded last weekend. The homicide toll so far this year is more than 230.
Those who pull the trigger or plunge the knife blade are the main culprits, of course. But reluctant witnesses also contribute to the culture of violence strangling Philadelphia.
Thugs sneeringly define cooperating with the police as "snitching." They back up their don't-snitch warnings with violence.
Political leaders have not been passive. City Hall points out that Mayor John F. Street has hired 200 more police officers, opened five curfew centers and organized mayors in cities throughout Pennsylvania to campaign for more gun controls.
All of that is good and necessary, but Mr. Street has failed to effectively use his office as a bully pulpit to rally residents around a public safety crusade. He and Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson have not been the public leaders this city so badly needs.
- Philadelphia Inquirer
What a whirlwind start Gordon Brown has made in his one-man campaign to clamp down on the unacceptable frivolity of the country he now governs. A fortnight ago, he dumped super casinos. Last week, he tried to tighten up the drug laws (only to find that he had unwittingly appointed a Cabinet of dope fiends). This week, he is apparently thinking about reversing the 24-hour drinking legislation brought in by Tony Blair. Not even Oliver Cromwell moved quite so fast to stamp out the gaiety of the nation. And Mr. Gordon still has 152 chopping days left to abolish Christmas.
- Richard Morrison, The Times (London)