Friday, September 15, 2006

Academia Post-9/11

Harvey Mansfield is a professor of government at Harvard University and author of the book ``Manliness."

FIVE YEARS have now passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and what have our universities been doing? I can tell you about Harvard, and the answer is not reassuring.

Harvard has just welcomed the former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami to give a little talk. Harvard thinks this is free speech, but in fact the university has allowed itself to be used as a platform for sweet-talk in the service of a regime that hates, and wants to bamboozle, America...

Nor has Harvard relaxed its hostility to ROTC on the campus. The pretext is the military's policy discriminating against gays by requiring them to keep silent about being gay. Never mind what would happen to gays or defenders of gays if the Islamic fascists took over.

It's nice that some academic recognizes that last point.

What has Harvard learned from Sept. 11? Very little.

Sept. 11 was a stunning blow to multiculturalism. The attacks showed that we have enemies who hate us because they hate both our principles and our practices. They despise the way we live not because we do not live up to our principles of freedom, democracy, and toleration, but because we do. They do not think we are multicultural; they believe we have one culture, and they mean to do away with it.

The feminists at Harvard seek to remove every vestige of patriarchy in America, but they have said almost nothing about the complete dismissal of women's rights by radical Islam. To do so would be to attack Islamic culture....

I like this guy Mansfield.


Chanman said...

I heard Dr. Mansfield interviewed on Savage the other day. He was very interesting to listen to and was a breath of fresh air considering he teaches at leftist Harvard.

young_activist said...

Perhaps the current Iranian regime is all of those things but the former President was and is a moderate who has advocated for a more liberal (i.e less violent) interpratation of Islam, more rights for women, and better relations with the west. I think the former Iranian President could be a key player in a negotiated settlement to Iran's nuclear program since he is both a moderate and very knowledgeable about Iranian and western political affairs. I don't think letting hims speak was a problem.

Darren said...

In this case, "moderate" is a very relative term. Attila the Hun is a "moderate" compared to Genghis Khan, but I still wouldn't invite either to dinner--even if either was still alive :-)

Brook Stevens said...

That doesnt seem right as put before i definetily wouldnt "invite him to dinner" .... and they seem to be the same as berkeley with their wonderful hostility towards ROTC ... i mean they are just raising the leaders to protect your country, i dont get liberals :/