Columbia University Students Boo Wounded Iraq Veteran
It was just so convenient, wasn’t it? Remember how we were told that ROTC didn’t belong on college campuses–those havens of “free speech” and “tolerance”–because the military policy “don’t ask, don’t tell” was anathema to the aforementioned lofty tenets? Well, at Columbia University, they’re showing what a convenient load of crap that all was. (h/t Glenn Reynolds)
Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.
“Racist!” some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.
Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.
“It doesn’t matter how you feel about the war. It doesn’t matter how you feel about fighting,” said Maschek. “There are bad men out there plotting to kill you.”
Several students laughed and jeered the Idaho native, a 10th Mountain Division infantryman who spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington recovering from grievous wounds.
Yup, there’s that tolerance.
More than half of the students who spoke at the meeting — the second of three hearings on the subject — expressed opposition to ROTC’s return. Many of the 200 students in the audience held anti-military placards with slogans such as, “1 in 3 female soldiers experiences sexual assault in the military.”
In 2005, when the university last voted to reject ROTC’s return, it cited the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
That policy was overturned in December, but resistance remains.
“Transpeople are part of the Columbia community,” said senior Sean Udell at the meeting, referring to the military’s current ban on transgender soldiers.
That’s called “moving the goalposts”, which I’m surprised they know about at Columbia, the perennial Ivy League Football bottom feeder. Glenn Reynolds warns that the sanctimonious brats better be careful, though:
[I]n these days of constrained budgets and an angry, aware electorate, heavily subsidized sectors like higher education — and Columbia, despite its private nature, is itself heavily dependent on government subsidies — should think twice about appearing anti-American. It’s not the 1960s anymore.
Far from it–though I know we’ve still got a few “dreamers” around here.