Taki’s Wrong on Reds; JFK Jr.’s Preferential Treatment

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What I don’t understand

is why he vehemently defends people whom he’d consider war criminals if it weren’t
for the fact that they’re of the same political mind as he is—Henry Kissinger
being one of them.

Now it’s Pinochet’s turn
to be beatified while the world awaits his extradition to Spain where justice
will be served. If it wasn’t for Pinochet, Taki says, Chile would have turned
out to be another Cuba. Thank God it didn’t. But it did turn out to be a totalitarian
state similar to Cuba, except that Russians spies didn’t call Chile home. Many
Chileans who opposed the regime were tortured and executed in soccer stadiums.
Pictures of the various executions circulated clandestinely for many years until
they were published in Paris Match last year.

Amaury Rodriguez,

Kennedy Tax Bill
MUGGER: Thanks for hammering
the media (7/21) for their shameless response to JFK Jr.’s death—the vultures.

But John John’s passing
has revealed three other ugly things about this country. First, that a great
many Americans have shown themselves psychologically better suited to live in
a hereditary monarchy. Really, what else can be said of people who never met
JFK Jr., yet moan that he was such a big part of their lives and weep hysterically
outside his Tribeca loft?

Second, that plutocracy
in America is alive and well. Had you or I plunged our private plane into the
sea, only the Coast Guard would have looked for us. After a day or two they
would have quit looking, leaving private salvage companies to retrieve us from
Davey Jones’ locker. Why? Because it isn’t the government’s responsibility to
do so. But, if it’s a Kennedy—well, that’s another story. John John is/was a
private citizen? So what? All Kennedys are Friends of Bill. So the orders come
from the Oval Office to spare no expense. Damn near every government ship within
250 miles dropped what they were doing to partake in the massive rescue/retrieval
effort, as if a national treasure had been lost. Then comes a burial at sea
courtesy of the Navy. All of which, of course, was paid for with our tax dollars.

Third, that the media hasn’t
the gumption to take Clinton to task for this blatant misuse of taxpayer money.
Instead, they natter about the “fall of Camelot” and other such romantic
buncombe, relishing the opportunity to be the stars in this spectacle of “national
mourning”—a spectacle of their own making.


Kevin R. Kosar,

Blare and Bitch Project
I was laughing out loud at
Armond White’s article (“Film,” 7/21) about The Blair Witch Project.
I never get tired of the pompous-critic-insisting-on-comparing-all-films-in-the-context-of-art
routine. That always gets me going. I especially liked the bit where he lists
those great art films: Blood of a Poet, L’Age D’Or, Citizen
, etc., then gives us the punch line: Excalibur! How clever of
Mr. White to create a phony article to critique a phony documentary. My only
criticism: the attempt to make the article seem authentically NYPress
by jabbing at the Village Voice was a bit obvious.

Adam Symons,

A Half-Hour Every Morning
I try to read your column, but who the hell writes all that verbiage? Do you
really think most (or even some) readers have the time—and more importantly
the interest—to read 10,000 words a day? Lighten up and give us a synopsis.
Maybe even say something important, or profound even, instead of the novel-a
day-until-the-reader-gives-up columns.
I do admire your “energy level,” though. I guess.

Jim Buckley,
San Francisco

Me Degeneration
Amy Sohn’s 7/21 “Female Trouble.
“Me. Me. Me. My director. My script.
Me. Me. Me. My acting. My performance.
Me. Me. Me. My kvelling. My gefilte fish.
My knack. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.

Akshay Desai,