Jihadist Junket

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Three New York City sociology professors traveled all the way to Tehran earlier this year to badmouth their country in front of America’s Islamofascist enemies, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports.

All three are leftists who support the increasingly violent, anti-American, anti-Semitic Occupy Wall Street movement. The Iranian leadership and left-wing groups in the U.S. such as the terrorist-linked Code Pink also support the movement as a way of weakening America.

The teachers’ jihadist junket aimed ostensibly at teaching Iranians about the movement provides “living proof that although Communism for the most part is dead, useful idiots of tyrannies that do still hold power and endanger all of us still exist,” Ron Radosh writes.

The three academics participated in the Tehran University Occupy Wall Street seminar in February. In so doing these overeducated dupes gave aid and comfort to brutal fundamentalists who call America and its ally Israel the “Great Satan” and the “Little Satan.”

As the country Islamists call the “Zionist Entity” contemplates attacking Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, these New Yorkers’ activism could foreshadow the rise of a pro-Iran movement stateside. After all, a pro-Saddam Hussein movement cropped up on the Left a decade ago as the U.S. government pondered the invasion of Iraq.

The trio consisted of Heather D. Gautney of Fordham University, Alex S. Vitale of Brooklyn College (City University of New York), and John L. Hammond of Hunter College (CUNY). They appear in a news report from Press TV, a propaganda arm of the Islamic Republic.

Although Vitale and Hammond, a contributor to Marxist periodical Monthly Review, said little of substance in the video itself, the hijab-clad Gautney said the Occupy movement would agitate stateside this election cycle and push politicians to grow government.

“We have elections coming up in November and I think that the movement is going to be incredibly active in pressuring politicians to start addressing issues of social inequality,” said the self-described “Occupy Wall Street activist.”

The media-savvy Gautney has been adept at getting exposure for her views.

In an impressive feat of self-deception, Gautney wrote at CNN’s website that “Occupy may be anti-corporate, but it is unambiguously pro-American.”

Gautney, whose absurd pronouncement suggests she has never graced an Occupy demonstration with her actual presence, claimed that the Marxist worldview promoted by the movement is somehow catching on in Iran.

“The discourse [in Iran] seems to be veering from ‘Down with America!’ to ‘Down with the 1 Percent!’” Gautney told Fox News on her return to the United States. “In my view,” the naïve left-winger explained, “this is quite a welcome development, and speaks to Iranians’ affection for Americans despite all the political conflict.”

The starry-eyed fellow traveler also reminisced about a visit with Zahra Mostafavi, daughter of the first Supreme Leader of Iran, the late Ayatollah Khomeini. Gautney romanticized the Iranian revolution, writing about the photographs detailing “dramatic scenes” from Khomeini’s life that she saw in Mostafavi’s house.

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  • Ken

    Real brave talking smack half the world away!! Come back here and have a debate. Oh, that's right, you can't debate, so all you will do is name call and label. Typical Lefty morons!!

  • StephenD

    If any of the schools sponsored in any way this trip, and if these schools get any aid from our tax dollars, they should be stripped of all future funding. They have, as you say, provided aid and comfort to the enemy. They can do that if they choose for as long as they can get away with it, but I don't want them able to use my money to do so.

    • Lady_Dr

      It doesn't matter if the school gets one cent directly from the government. The fact that their students get FEDERAL financial aid is what keeps them open. Other than Hillsdale College in Michigan I think that nearly every college/ university in the USA gets students who have FEDERAL financial aid. If it is a government college/university then they definitely get these students, but so do most private (profit or non-profit) colleges/universities.
      THEY ARE USUING YOUR MONEY – we need to dismantle the Dept. of Education, return ALL educational activities to the individual states.

  • Schlomotion

    I think Matt Vadum has a case of Junket Jealousy.

    • StephenD

      Your first lie was when you said " I think…"

  • BS77

    More insanity from the wacko left. Sociologists. Yeah, right. The three should be barred from re entering the US.

    • Lady_Dr

      I once had an English Lit prof who said that "Sociologists are people who spend several years, and a great deal of money to prove that children get upset when you scream at them."

      It is a vile (yes, that is exactly what I mean) 'field' which treats people like numbers, classifies them this way or that in order to manipulate them. It was marginally practiced in the past by some historians, but they were historians first, and not number crunching loons.

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The pictured dhimmi is heather gautney of Fordham University.

    Every alumni of Fordham who are outraged over heather gautneys support of the Islamic Republic of Iran should make their outrage known by WITHHOLDING any contributions to their alma mater Fordham University.

  • Ghostwriter

    Ms. Gautney sounds like an imbecile. How on earth did she EVER become a professor in the first place?
    I also agree that the portrayal in American culture of the Ayatollah Khomeini is accurate. Most Iranian-Americans agree with it. The man was a tyrannical monster that deserved whatever he got. The Ayatollah Khomeini was one of the most evil men who ever lived. He's the definition of a tyrant. A-jad is no better. Why should any American go to Iran to be around such evil people?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Attention seeking psychopaths always show up where they may be set on display and spout their
    nonsense and the more outrageous for them the better. Sick minded people that have no allegiance
    to anything but their own chosen evil must be identified and sidelined for the protection of society.
    Either crazy or treasonous what does it matter, lock them up and throw away the key.
    William

  • johnnywoods

    I am amazed that there is such a thing as an American who hates America. I was born in 1946. My dad was in the Air Force (career) and I grew up with kinds who all thought that the U.S. was the greatest country in the history of mankind. Then one day I woke up as an adult and realized that there were American born people my age who hated this country even though they were raised (usually middle-class) here. I do not think I can ever "wrap my head around" that. Of course these fools went on to elect a President that hates America also.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      They learn to hate America in leftist infested schools where America is blamed for every problem
      in the World falsely. Educations without proper debate and no opposing points of view and cherry
      picked historical events without any attention to what life was during them and the myriad vagaries
      of life skew the mindset of youth that have no counterbalance of facts and life as it truly was. Duped
      they are and remain until clued in which takes years. I have cousins that spoke of American life
      as though they were raised in Moscow but after years experiencing life on a live with it basis they
      are now conservative and responsible citizens. The trick is to remain vigilant and truthful with kids
      and talk with them about what they are learning, look at their books, get in their teaches faces when
      you detect leftist falsehood and hate America programming…………………………William