Middle East studies in the News
UMass: Propping Up Another Radicalized "Hero"? [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Daniela Paniagua
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins—or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment & did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer." –Saul Alinsky
To be a "radical" is increasingly more popular these days & it seems, dare I say, rewarded?
Despite murdering your fellow man & showing no remorse for your actions, you may be invited to speak to the youth of America or perhaps teach them, earning a tenured professorship…
So was the case with well-known radical William Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, Nicholas De Genova, and many others—will we soon be adding another name to the list?
The United Freedom Front was a radical leftist organization (formed by two Vietnam Veterans while incarcerated) responsible for a string of bombings along the Eastern coast from 1975-1984 as well as the murder of New Jersey State Trooper, Phil Lamonaco & the attempted murder of 2 Massachusetts State Troopers.
One of the founders, Raymond Luc Levasseur, who spent 18 years in Federal Prison & was released in 2004, has been invited by the Dept. of Social Thought & Political Economy at University of Massachussetts to speak at the 5th Annual Colloquium on Social Change, this coming Thursday.
Levasseur's writings can be viewed here, where he remarks, among many other things, on his "intellectual mentors" who include: Mao, Lenin, Marx, Che, Malcolm X, and the Black Panther Party.
Also speaking at the event will be Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage—a standard work to the commitment of Progressivism offering unapologetic explanations for the supposedly-misunderstood 1960's destruction & radicalism—and who was also a participant in the infamous Columbia University "teach-in" with fellow Professor Nicholas De Genova who expressed his hope that American armed forces would be slaughtered by the masses in "a million mogadishus."
The third speaker will be Raymond Mungo, an author, social worker, and founder of Liberation News Service (LNS)—an anti-war, left-leaning publication popular throughout the New Left movement of the 1960's.
UMass had previously cancelled the speaking event last week after Governor Deval Patrick rightly condemned the speech, asking for the event's cancellation as it was to be held on a public-funded campus and was degrading to the memory of Trooper Phil Lamonaco, as well as other members of law enforcement.
The University later rescheduled the event after an outburst of anger from the ACLU & other progressive campus groups who cited "anti-censorship" rules.
Donna Lamonaco, wife of the slain New Jersey Trooper, will be protesting the speech on campus.
So, please clarify…What is the definition of "academic freedom" and "anti-censorship"? Is it defined to specifically include, "those who are convicted of murder, violence, and acts of terror (both foreign & domestic) whom remain unremorseful?"
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