Sunday, September 10, 2006

Terror's Academic Apologists!

In their 2/7/05 article "Campus Support for Terrorism," David Horowitz and Ben Johnson write:

"In the 1930s, the universities were the first German institutions to capitulate to Adolf Hitler. Martin Heidegger, Germany’s greatest 20th century philosopher and the intellectual idol of American academics, hailed the advent of the Third Reich from the rectorship of Freiburg University. Fascism was an idea so messianic in its conception, so elitist in its attitudes and so anti-capitalist in its social philosophy that intellectuals found it irresistible.

In England in the 1930s, while Germany rearmed and began annexing territory in the heart of Europe, the Oxford Union resolved “not to defend King and country” against the growing fascist threat. The pacificism of the progressive Left and the Tory Right added up to an appeasement of Hitler that protected him when he was still weak and testing the limits of Western resolve. The consequence was World War II and 70 million deaths before he was stopped.


...The seeds of the contemporary opposition to the War on Terror were sown in the 1960s in the movement to support Communist aggression in Vietnam. Once again, the universities and the intellectual culture provided the most dependable support in the West for the totalitarian agendas of the Communist bloc. The withdrawal of American aid to the anti-Communist forces in Cambodia and Vietnam in 1975 (long after American forces had been removed) resulted in the slaughter of two-and-a-half million peasants in Indochina at the hands of the Communist victors. The blood of these innocents would not have been shed without the aid the Communists received from their supporters and appeasers in the anti-Vietnam movement in the West.

Now we are engaged in a new war with a totalitarian enemy. Radcial Islam despises capitalism and its democracies in the West. And once again, totalitarianism finds its most dependable allies on college faculties. This time, the enemy does not offer lofty visions of utopia, nor rallying cries of “self-determination,” nor a promise to revenge past national grievances. The jihadists of radical Islam simply offer unmitigated hatred of the “Great Satan,” the United States. For the academic Left, that is enough. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a sufficient logic to cement the alliance." [
entire article]

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