Tomorrow will mark the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, and while adults will remember the horrific tragedies that unfolded that day, hundreds of college freshmen, who were a mere 4 years old at the time, will instead be learning that the attack was justified and the terrorists were really just freedom fighters.
The New York Post notesthat “several major universities” will be teaching a freshman-level English course called “The Literature of 9/11”—sounds OK at first, until you realize that the syllabus is chock-full of writings from the point of view of the terrorists. Who would teach such a class? Anti-American leftists, of which there are plenty in higher education in this country.
While the report doesn’t list the schools, it does note public institutions like the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be teaching this curriculum that will include books titled “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” and “Poems from Guantanamo: Detainees Speak.”
The course at UNC will be taught by associate English professor and post-colonial studies scholar Neel Ahuja.
In Ahuja’s twisted worldview, al Qaeda terrorists are the real victims. “Abu Zubaydah’s torture may be interpreted as simply one more example of the necropower of US imperialism, the power to coerce and kill targeted populations,” Ahuja recently wrote in an academic paper criticizing the war on terror.
He says America’s depiction of the 9/11 terrorists as “monsters” is merely an attempt to “animalize” them as insects and justify “squashing” them in “a fantasy of justice.”
This colonialist “construct” of an “animalized enemy,” he added, “dovetails with the work of mourning the nation after 9/11 (which in the logic of security must be made perpetual, melancholic).” To him, it’s all cynically designed to justify more “imperial violence” against “Muslim, Arab and South Asian men.”
Ahuja goes on to decry the US “colonization” of Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, along with “aerial bombing (and) indefinite detention” of al Qaeda terrorists at Gitmo. In other writings, the professor bashes Israel and sides with Palestinian terrorists, further revealing his agenda.
Fortunately, there are still some sensible students who are complaining about the courses being taught.
“These readings offer points of view that justify terrorism, paint the United States and its government as wholly evil and immoral and desecrate the memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,” the UNC College Republicans wrote in a letter to Chancellor Carol Folt.
“There is not a single reading required that focuses on the lives of the victims, the victim’s [sic] families, American soldiers (or) families of American soldiers,” they continued. “Nor is there a perspective that portrays the United States as acting in good faith before, during and after the Sept. 11 attacks.”
The course “does not teach students how to think, it teaches them what to think,” they added. “And the material it presents is an apologetic for the violence and murder against the United States.”
The University is standing by its decision to allow such a course at UNC, however, noting that, “part of the college experience is the opportunity to learn from those who have differing points of view.” The school also said that a set of beliefs isn’t being forced on anyone. But students who’ve taken courses with Ahuja in the past beg to differ.
But several students who have taken the course warned in a professor review blog that Ahuja, who earns $72,100 a year spewing his unAmerican propaganda, does not tolerate dissent.
“He favors kids who share his views, so learn to do that,” said one reviewer. “A very interesting guy, just don’t disagree with him.”
Added another student, in a January 2014 post: “I would avoid contradicting him openly.”
“AGREE WITH HIS STANCE IN YOUR PAPERS!!!!!” advised another in November.
Whether it’s as blatant as these courses about 9/11, anti-Americanism is being taught one way or another at campuses all across the country—and many with the help of taxpayer money. This in turn is helping create a whole new generation of anti-American leftists. One has to wonder which colleges are really worth sending your kids to anymore.