Saturday, April 02, 2011

Making Progress


And it's the good kind of news.

The Columbia University Senate has just passed a resolution inviting the ROTC back to campus.

Does this mean that the ROTC will actually come back?

That's not clear.

But what is clear is that Columbia has finally returned to the sane position of supporting the armed forces that make the freedoms we all enjoy possible.

Well done Senators.


At Sat Apr 02, 06:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Sat Apr 02, 10:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is hope for freedom after all.

At Sat Apr 02, 08:46:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"“For many students, and particularly those from countries where the military, whether American or not, is associated with the destruction of civil life, the presence would be inhibiting, if not traumatizing,” Gordon said." From the Spectator article. If these students are intelligent enough to matriculate at Columbia, should they not have learned that in the United States the military is not 'associated with the destruction of civil life?' These international students are at Columbia to learn in an American system and this is one more learning experience. International students are welcomed and helps diversify the student body, but should not be used to abridge the rights of the US citizen students. Did Professor Gordon do research on the matter, or is her opinion? This is a good change for Columbia.

At Sat Apr 02, 10:48:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prof. Gordon, would you have felt that way in 1945, when our Army liberated the concentration camps? Would you have felt that way on December 7th, when we were attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor? did you feel that way on the morning of September 11, 2001? Just what do you think stands in the way of our freedoms being trampled by people who hate us and everything we cherish? Prof. Gordon, you should be ashamed of yourself.

At Mon Apr 04, 06:41:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

While I love the Senate's recent vote and would support the revival of ROTC on the Columbia campus (preferably the Army kind, writing as a veteran), I still think it's highly unlikely. Such a program requires, for instance, space which Columhia simply may not have available to offer. And the requirement of some 32 or so points for the "military science" part of the program would probably not play well with most students.

So while it's of course a good idea, implementation remains iffy at best.

That said, if even the pro-ROTC vote alone gives the mulish likes of Professor Gordon apoplexy, it's still very much a Martha-like "good thing.".


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