A Professor’s Hatred for Our ‘Killer’ Troops

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The disclaimer “we support our troops” has practically become obligatory for proclamations of opposition to U.S. wars. But a Boston law professor felt compelled to declare to students and colleagues that he supports neither the wars nor the troops fighting them.

Michael Avery, a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School, responded to an online solicitation for support for care packages for overseas servicemen by labeling them killers undeserving of sympathy.

“I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings,” Avery professed in an email sent on the eve of the Marine Corps’ birthday and two days before Veterans Day. “I understand that there is a residual sympathy for service members, perhaps engendered by support for troops in World War II, or perhaps from when there was a draft and people with few resources to resist were involuntarily sent to battle. That sympathy is not particularly rational in today’s world, however.”

In the five-paragraph mass email, Avery also counseled students, faculty, and administrators “to be more mindful of what message we are sending as a school” and questioned the presence of an enormous American flag in a campus atrium. “Why do we continue to have this oversized flag in our lobby?”

“Perhaps some of my colleagues will consider this to be an inappropriate political statement,” the law professor continued. “But of course the solicitation email was a political statement, although cast as support for student activities. The politics of that solicitation are that war is legitimate, perhaps inevitable, and that patriotic Americans should get behind our troops.”

Avery, a recipient of the since-discontinued bachelor of laws degree at Yale University whose education included a late-’60s stint at the University of Moscow, has been active in left-wing causes for more than four decades. He is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild, and his resume boasts of work at the ACLU Foundation and Yale University’s Political Justice Workshop.

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  • John Torkildsen

    Phil Mitchell's travails at Boulder University spring to mind, a man persecuted for being of Christian persuasion and an excellent teacher (two black marks for the progressive faculty types). I don't no why you pay your kids College fees to be fed this trash.

    • intrcptr2

      Hadn't you noticed, freecollege is a right.

      Go OWS!


    • fmobler

      Don't stop sending kids to college. But please do start applying market pressure by choosing universities that are not hostile to conservatives (there are universities out there, you just need to keep looking).

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    Garbage in garbage out. A law professor spewing anti-American, anti-Israel nonsense and getting paid to do so. Young people who go to this individuals classes are fed trash. Its no wonder it takes a number of years for young people to become mature enough to say "no" to this man's garbage. The college calls it academic freedom, I call it treason. What branch of the service did this man serve in? God bless our troops. You don't have to like everything the US does, but you do have a responsibility to support the troops who are out there trying to do the best they can and then having a knuckle head like this open his mouth. Fire the rascal.That is the real academic freedom.

    • xlent

      Sorry Ron this nation would once again have to stand for something in order for it to be able to call a treason a treason, but I do totally agree the man is an obvious outspoken enemy of our constitution.

  • theleastthreat

    Upon his meeting with God, he had only one thing to say: "You're in my seat".

  • luluidiot

    I know this guy is in Boston (where there are more than 200,000 college students–most of whom probably agree with this guy) but there must be a few Suffolk Law alumni who could speak up and withdraw support!!!!!?????
    If this is what he's teaching in class, no wonder there's no respect (or jobs!) for lawyers!

  • tkellybal

    The Professor is free to regard our troops as "killers". He has the so called "killers" to thank for that right.
    Just another spoiled brat, the professor.

    • truckwork

      Couldn't have said it better myself!

  • truckwork

    He attended the University of Moscow in 1968 to 1969, earned his law degree from Yale, was an attorney for the ACLU and was President of the National Lawyers Guild.

    A resume that Stalin and Castro would love.

    Hey Mr. Avery, you do know that the first to be shot by the true Communists are the useful idiots like you?

    • "gunner"

      somewhere in my personal library i've got a cold war era sc-fi novel about a russian conquest and occupation of the u.s., one of the first acts of the occupation forces is to round up "those communist troublemakers" and execute them without trial, "administrative disposal", before they began to understand that "utopia" was not going to dawn, ever.

      • truckwork

        It's not fiction. If you don't believe me then watch Yuri Bezmenov an ex-KGB agent who worked for the propoganda arm of the KGB and defected to the US in the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qkf3bajd4

        His words are chilling.

  • StephenD

    "…whose education included a late-’60s stint at the University of Moscow…."And so we should be surprised by something this Anti-American says?We are to blame for this; going along quietly while these dolts fill our children's heads with garbage. The kids have no choice but to get a degree. We know it is necessary in this day for any chance at a life. But also knowing what is being presented should have given us pause years ago. Every single one of these Anti-American professors should be booted. They can have their opinion, sure. They can preach it from a soap box on the Boston Common. They ought not be allowed to do so from the classroom’s bully pulpit. This is a shame on all of America.

  • mrbean

    anti-American statements which received such media attention should not have been a surprise. A substantial part of the academic world is not only opposed to the values of traditional Americans society and Western civilization, but is also unabashed in its using classrooms to propagandize their ideologies and politically indoctrinate their impressionable students. In the Russian textbook of Psychopolitics we read: "Psychopolitics is an important if less known division geopolitics. It is less known because it must necessarily deal with highly educated personnel, the very top strata… By psychopolitics our chief goals are effectively carried forward. To produce a maximum of chaos in the culture of the enemy is our first most important step. Our fruits are grown in chaos, distrust, economic depression, and scientific turmoil. At last a weary populace can seek peace only in a Communist State, as only communism can resolve the problems of the masses in the eyes of leftists.

    • fmobler

      You are right. We must recapture academia so that it behaves as a responsible part of our culture as it once did. The only way to do this is to actively support universities, and programs within universities, that do make the effort.

      [1] Encourage smart, young conservatives to go into the academy (this is asking them to do hazardous duty, I know)
      [3] Explicitly withdraw your alumnus support — with a letter to the president —
      if your alma mater is driving you crazy.
      [4] Switch financial support to a conservative school (or better, a specified program within a school) and follow up with another letter your alma mater's president explaining why you gave your money to someone else.

  • tagalog

    Mr. Avery says, “I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings.”

    So how does he feel about soliciting for bin Laden, al-Awlaki, the 9/11 bombers and hijackers, al-Qaeda, Hamas and al-Fatah, and a host of other people who travel to our country and to other countries from their own to kill other human beings? Does he speak up against giving them aid and comfort, thinking it shameful to support them? Or is it just our own soldiers?

  • http://www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com Robert A. Hall

    Suffolk Law is in walking distance of the Massachusetts State House, so when I was a state senator in the 1970s, many legislators who weren’t already lawyers went there nights to cash in. I resisted the temptation, got a masters in history nights from Fitchburg State instead. As A Marine Vietnam vet, I don’t think I would have done well in his class—leftists are not much into diversity of thought. This professor is symbolic of why America is coming apart. OWS is the start of the entitlement riots I’ve been predicting for some time, because government cannot possible redeem its trillions of dollars in pledges, as both parties bought votes for the past 30 years with borrowed money. We are facing a fiscal collapse, followed by a social and political collapse, with privation and violence stalking the land. On the plus side, parasites like him will die off early. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    (All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)
    For a free PDF of my book, write tartanmarine(at)gmail.com

  • Harold L. Allen

    Just Maybe some Veteran will approach this IDIOT and slap the S—T out of him and teach him a liittle RESPECT for the Military. I had 30 yrs active duty but live too far away to do it . I am an 82 yr old but still in decent health and can swing a ballbat.

    Harold Allen ,Senior Chief ,USN, RET.

  • Ghostwriter

    Professor Avery has a right to say what he said,just like I'm going to say what an imbecile he is for saying what he said.

  • tagalog

    The right to freedom of speech sometimes leads a certain kind of person to think that what they have to say is worth saying.

  • Serafino

    Avery has paid homage at the Moscow State University early in his career. Well, perhaps he should have stayed permanently in the USSR, where his psychotic socialist dream came true, complete with bread lines and communist propaganda. But no! The hypocritical leach promptly returned to the USA to resume his life of comfort and convenience paid for by the home-grown liberals. Just look at his smug well-fed mug. What a small mind with an equally small heart.

  • guest

    Michael Avery, a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School, responded to an online solicitation for support for care packages for overseas servicemen by labeling them killers undeserving of sympathy.

    He would rather give up our freedom and go under dictators who would be our killers undeserving of sympathy.

    This guy is a Sick weak liberal

  • ilia toli

    I was a professor at Suffolk. I regard it as most conservative, as conservative as you can be in Boston. Therefore Boston Globe envy-ridden hippies attack Suffolk all the time with defaming articles in the press. They're stuck with idiots like Michael Avery. Add Moscow to the mix, and the guy can't realize how much idiot he is. I come from Eastern Europe. I know how much brainwashed that idiot is: beyond repair.

  • john

    He is an example of the idiots we are letting teach our children. His statement shows he can not reason or use logic and is ignorant of history.
    In addition to overhauling the "two party" system, we need to overhaul the educational system of the US. I urge all to be very careful where your contributions go.

  • Iytw

    I wonder what the world would be like if everyone woke up tomorrow with their IQ 30 point higher?

  • Danny

    Does he mind returning soldiers using their GI BILL money to attend the University. They should figure out all the years he has taught what % of his salary might have come from soldiers attending the University and he should GIVE IT BACK!!! Shameful Suffolk University Pure Shame!

  • Anamah

    Michael Avery you are a severe case of idiocy. Its sad to know there is one more wasted place in our universities. I think than you my imbecile commie, should be a better teacher in Moscow University than here.

  • Jim Hinton

    I like him and agree with him. Why support people who are doing what the Choose to Do. They could
    go in the Peace Corp.

  • StephenD

    I had the exact same reaction when I read the Dean's statement! Well said.

  • xlent

    Or if a Christian should speak out, in direct opposition to what this communist just had the "freedom " to say, he would be accorded the same "freedom"? yuthink?

  • StephenD

    That is why it should not be the fight of the students but of us. Somehow, we should be able to hold the schools accountable. If they are Anti-American in what they teach, they forfeit their tax exemption. That sort of "incentive" since this is America, we shouldn't have to subsidize anything against us. If they get Federal Grants, make them meet bench marks of being pro American. What is wrong with that? I wouldn't know where to begin but it always seems that if you have them by their wallets, their hearts and minds will follow.