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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Part of the "freedom agenda?"

Here's something our reactionary leaders can probably respect about the reactionary leader of Iran:
Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism.
Why do I think the Cheneys and Liebermans of our country would cheer this action? Because they have proposed basically the same thing here. From the San Jose Mercury News, December 13, 2001:
An aggressive attack on freedom has been launched upon America's college campuses. Its perpetrators seek the elimination of ideas and activities that place Sept. 11 in historical context, or critique the so-called war on terrorism.

The offensive, spearheaded by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a Washington-based group, threatens free speech, democratic debate and the integrity of higher education. In an incendiary report, "Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America," the American Council claims that "colleges and university faculty have been the weak link in America's response" to Sept. 11. It also asserts that "when a nation's intellectuals are unwilling to defend its civilization, they give comfort to its adversaries."
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni was founded in 1995 by Lynne Cheney, the vice president's wife, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman.