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Submitted by joe harrison (United States), Apr 3, 2003 at 10:21

It has become painfully and abundantly clear that the powers that be at Columbia University, Bollinger by name, have abdicated the responsibility that academic leaders must exercise when a professor under his charge publicly advocates the wholesale death and mutilation of those women and men who defend our way of life and guarantee the rights that have been given to us and our families since the founding of our great nation. These rights that we have were not sent to us via UPS. They were bought with blood and lives of those who assumed the mantle of protection of all that we hold dear.

There is no stronger supporter of the right to free speech than I am. The problem is that this professor has gone far beyond the mere exercising of the right of free speech. He advocates wholesale murder, which is in itself despicable and reprehensible, but to wish that our soldiers who are doing their duty as millions before have done, be murdered and dragged through the streets of Iraq is treason. This "professor" hides behind the rights given him by a country that he hates. President Bollinger has apparently joined a witness protection program and this "professor" refuses to explain himself quite probably because he is a coward of the worst sort. This is in contrast to PFC Lynch who was prepared to fight to the death for her country. She was shot, stabbed, tortured and sustained two broken legs and a broken arm. She is only 19 years old and suffered at the hands of these people for ten days. Have we reached the point that a 19 year-old soldier has more guts than a president and and a professor at a great school like Columbia? The answer is yes. I am not surprised and why is anyone else?

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