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Reut Cohen "New University Online" article

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Submitted by Sofa Sogood (United States), Feb 7, 2007 at 15:40

I don't get it.

Reut Cohen's report on the Disruption of the Talk was so "balanced" as to actually be biased. A "Protest" is people walking around outside with placards. These people took 100 seats away from people who would have wanted to hear what Mr. Pipes had to say. This, plus a disruption, is anti-free speech.

And while Ms. Cohen's report on Mr. Pipes' talk was good, she left out some of the more startling comments made by the leader of the disrupters while outside. She left out ... "we're in the middle of America!"... "our weapon, our jihad, our way of struggle -- in this country -- is with our tongues. Our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world are handling things in their own way" ... "we deflate their morale" ... "that's the best we can do right now" ... "wait an hour --- they'll be on the way out -- wait an hour and 'tell them goodnight" (laughter from the crowd).

Including the above would have given Ms. Cohen's readers a more truthful picture of their current and future intentions in our country and elsewhere -- in their own words.

Instead, she included person-to-person quotes ... "Daniel Pipes....he gets paid to lie" and "He is encouraging anti-Islam bias." (They are encouraging anti-Islam bias!)

Poor choice.

There's a lot more to this than people carried away with ideology. At an absurd minimum, the lack of character of each one of those young people is revealed, especially by the ghoolish laughter at ... "wait an hour and tell them goodnight."

And to be chanting "Israel will be wiped off the face of the map" -- calling for genocide -- and "anti-hate" in the same breath.

They deceive no one more than themselves.

P.S. I wonder why Ms. Cohen didn't reference the videos in her article?

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