"At Wednesday night's 'teach-in' on the Columbia campus, (anthropology professor) Nicholas De Genova also called for the defeat of U.S. forces in Iraq and said, 'The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military.' And he asserted that Americans who call themselves 'patriots' are white supremacists. De Genova's comments about defeating the United States in Iraq were cheered by the crowd of 3,000, Newsday reported." -- Associated Press report, March 28, 2003
Based on this news report from Columbia University and on the widespread anti-Americanism among American college faculties, we are not far from the following address by a college president:
As president of our university, I am proud to announce that we have extended a formal invitation to Iraq's President, the Honorable Saddam Hussein, to occupy the newly endowed Jimmy Carter Chair in Appeasement Studies.
We believe that President Hussein will feel quite at home at our school. Most of our liberal arts professors share Professor Hussein's views of America, and very few, if any, support America's racist, imperialist, hegemonic, capitalist, non-U.N.-sanctioned attack on his country.
Moreover, initial inquiries have ensured widespread support for a Saddam Hussein professorship. CNN, for example, has agreed in principle to offer Professor Hussein his own cable show. While such a show will be similar in tone and outlook to CNN's reporting from Iraq, CNN told us that they feel that it is always helpful to have another voice with particular appeal to their European viewers.
Progressive labor unions have likewise assured us of their support. Upon first hearing that a Middle Eastern leader would be teaching here, some progressive national union leaders immediately called my office to warn of labor unrest if that leader were Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon. We immediately assured them that we have little interest in providing opportunities for allies of America to speak, let alone teach, at our university. And we made it abundantly clear that the fact that Sharon was democratically elected is of no import to any progressive university in America.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”
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