Columbia students to Wounded Warrior: Screw you

This burns me beyond words. Via the New York Post:

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.

Maschek, who is studying economics, miraculously survived the insurgent attack in Kirkuk. In the hail of gunfire, he broke both legs and suffered wounds to his abdomen, arm and chest.

He enrolled last August at the Ivy League school, where an increasingly ugly battle is unfolding over the 42-year military ban there.

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.”

Strip the school of its federal funding NOW and let the snivelling bastards who don’t want ROTC on their campus pay the tuition hike. The bogus argument used for years, i.e. “we’ll let ROTC back on campus once DADT is repealed,” has been exposed for the lie that it is. Oh, now you don’t want ROTC because transgendered students are part of your community? I see.

The Department of Defense has never enforced the Solomon Amendment.

Start now.
UPDATE: Bruce McQuain agrees:
“Universities should not be involved in military activities,” Sociology Professor Emeritus Herbert Gans told The Post. “Columbia should come out against spending $300 billion a year on unnecessary wars.”
Fair enough.  Some are of the opinion that government shouldn’t be involved in subsidizing private colleges.  So perhaps the a remedy can be found that is equitable for all.  No ROTC on Columbia?  Then no federal money for Columbia.
And he rightly pulls the “civility” card:

Opinions of the military like that aren’t unheard of among some members of our colleges and universities. But this is 2011, not 1971 and the vast majority of Americans decided early on in this century that it isn’t at all acceptable anymore.

Behavior like that of Columbia’s anti-military crowd toward Mascheck is rude, crass, childish, and demonstrates a cosseted ignorance that they, for some reason, seem eager to display.  It speaks to the fact that differing opinions are not welcome.  And civil debate?  Why bother with that when you can bravely stand up and call a wounded warrior a “racist” for simply expressing himself in an open forum? 

This sort of bratty behavior toward a man who literally bled on their behalf only demonstrates for all the the emptiness of words like “tolerance”, “civility”, “acceptance” and “equality” for the Columbia anti-war students who jeered and laughed at this man. They should be mortally ashamed of themselves.

But they’re not capable of it–shame would imply a moral value system, not kneejerk reactions to political talking points force-fed down their gullets.

UPDATE 2, from my google reader.  Instapundit:

I note that this is also more evidence that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was just a lame excuse to cover for generic hostility to the military, something made clear by numerous speakers at the event including some Columbia faculty. I also note that in 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.


9 Responses

  1. I guarantee not one of these shitheads were anywhere near the towers when they fell nor did they lose anyone. They are so detached from reality it scares me.

  2. Raaaaaacisttttt! Is that the ONLY word they know? My toddler repeats Mama, Dada, Bubba all day long but he’s a baby, so I cut him some slack. But these are IVY LEAGUE kids – can’t they come up with something else?

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  4. My feelings exactly. They have been expsosed. They are clearly anti military period. Strip the school of any government funding.

  5. Institutionalized resistance to the Armed Forces should never be rewarded with federal or state money.

    I was going to comment that, without the Armed Forces, Columbia would be in servitude to some foreign tyrant or other, if the faculty, staff, and students would be alive at all.

    On reflection, though, I’m not willing to assume that Columbia’s faculty aren’t in service to the aims of foreign dictators. Columbia doesn’t want ROTC on campus, but Ahmadinejad can step right up to their podium and pray for the coming of the 12th imam, whose goal is violent conquering of the entire world.

    It’s difficult to find a word to describe something as illogical and suicidal as that.

    • Oh, silly me. Forgot about crazy dictator love at Columbia! Of course! Maybe the school can set up an enemy recruiting station instead.

  6. These children should be executed as traitors to the state. No trial, just bullets.

    • I would rather send ’em to North Korea for a week. Admire the Marxists so greatly, go look-see what it has wrought.

      Either that or a day in the caves with Al-Q.

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