You would think that a group of people intent on promoting peace would be, well, peaceful. But you’ll find no such thing at Columbia University, where they’re trying to decide whether to allow ROTC programs back on the campus.
The fact that they have to decide whether to allow diversity of thinking in the first place is rather telling. But even more so is the treatment Anthony Maschek, a Columbia University student – and Purple Heart recipient after getting shot 11 times in a firefight in Iraq three years ago – received when he tried to offer his opinion.
The 28-year old tried to share his view that “It doesn’t matter how you feel about the war. It doesn’t matter how you feel about fighting. There are bad men out there plotting to kill you.” But he was met with immediate cries of “Racist!” and booed, hissed, laughed and jeered at as he tried to speak.
I’m not sure which is more tragic, the hypocritical stance of a crowd demanding respect for only their own opinions, or the fact that he’s right and our supposed best and brightest don’t care.
Terrorist attacks such as those of 9/11 should have shown us that we’re in danger and need to protect ourselves. So should repeated messages from powerful people such as Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said on Sunday:
“The main problem in the Muslim world is the presence of the United States. It is the biggest problem. We need to address that… It is necessary to remove the US from the Islamic world.”
But too much like Khamenei and his ilk, it is becoming blatantly apparent that the anti-war crowd and the rest of their liberal friends don’t really care about peace; they care about totalitarian control.
Otherwise, they’d let a dissenting voice speak up.