Saturday, September 29, 2007

Here's Your Sunday Steyn!

Democracies Talk, Tyrannies Act

"I'm proud of my university today," Stina Reksten, a 28-year-old Columbia graduate student from Norway, told the New York Times. "I don't want to confuse the very dire human rights situation in Iran with the issue here, which is freedom of speech. This is about academic freedom."

Isn't it always? But enough about Iran, let's talk about me! The same university that shouted down an American anti-illegal-immigration activist and the same university culture that just deemed former Harvard honcho Larry Summers too misogynist to be permitted on campus is now congratulating itself over its commitment to "academic freedom."

True, renowned Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo is not happy. "They can have any fascist they want there," said professor Zimbardo, "but this seems egregious." But, hey, don't worry: He was protesting not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence at Columbia but Donald Rumsfeld's presence at the Hoover Institution.

At some point during this past week, it was decided that the relevant Ahmadinejad comparison was to Nikita Krushchev. The Soviet leader toured America in 1960, was taken to a turkey farm, paid a visit to Frank Sinatra and Co. on the set of "Can-Can" and pronounced the movie "decadent." And yet the republic survived.

As one of my most distinguished fellow columnists, Peggy Noonan, put it in the Wall Street Journal, Krushchev's visit reminded the world that "we are the confident nation." And, as several e-mailers observed, warming to Noonan's theme, back then hysterical right-wing ninnies didn't get their panties in a twist just because a man dedicated to the destruction of our way of life was in town for a couple of days.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

People like this 28 year-old student, besides being hypocrites, are the type of muddle-headed saps that are going to make it easier for jihad to spread and, thus, get the rest of us killed. Think about Iran and its nutjob, pissant 'president' for a moment and then realize that the ultimate nightmare scenario for all of us--and that includes our hypocritical college students--is Iran with a nuke and a Dem in the White House. Be afraid. Be very afraid. J'Mac.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

J'Mac, I am afraid. Seems like the whole world has gone senile. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.

5:26 PM  

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