Jihadist Junket

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“I flashed back to my own childhood, to propagandistic images of Khomeini as an evil dictator, the terrible jokes about Muslims that circulated through my Catholic grade school, and the absolute support of the tyrannical Shah, who privatized much of Iran’s resources, turned it into a comprador regime, and committed unspeakable acts against his own people,” Gautney writes.

She faults her own countrymen for daring to cast Iranians “as fundamentalist monsters in American bedtime stories” when Islamic revolutionaries stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days from November 1979 to January 1981.

Oh, where to begin?

Of course the depiction in American culture of Khomeini about which Gautney complains was completely accurate. And although the Shah’s regime was repressive to an extent, it was comparatively benign when contrasted with today’s Islamic Republic. Unlike the Shah’s pro-Western regime, the current government terrorizes women with sartorial codes. It routinely persecutes and executes its own citizens for political dissent, religious nonconformity, and behavior considered deviant such as homosexuality. It is a brutal theocratic hellhole.

Like Gautney, Professor Vitale is also no fan of his own country.

Vitale, who is associated with the neo-communist National Lawyers Guild, criticized the New York Police Department last October as officers were trying to contain the violent mob occupying Zuccotti Park in Manhattan. “By penning people in, dividing people up, making it very difficult to get march permits, policing, making arrests for minor legal violations, they are denying peoples’ right to protest,” he whined.

Big Apple cops “are obsessed with order maintenance, this kind of zero-tolerance mentality about disorder,” Vitale told the Village Voice in 2007. “So they micromanage every aspect of a demonstration.”

It isn’t all that surprising that Vitale served on a panel called “Law and Obedience After Capitalism” with Lynne Stewart at a conference held at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2004. Vitale must have seemed comparatively moderate alongside Stewart, a Maoist firebrand serving a 10-year prison term after being convicted of aiding an Islamic terrorist group. The now-disbarred attorney once said, “I don’t believe in anarchist violence but in directed violence” against “the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism, sexism, and at the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions and accompanied by popular support.”

It needs to be said that Gautney, Vitale, and Hammond are hardly outliers. Academia is utterly saturated with socialist misanthropes who want to find common cause with America’s enemies. As Jamie Glazov argues in his book United in Hate, the Left’s contemporary romance with militant Islam is entirely logical.

Both leftists and Islamists abhor Western culture and American-style market capitalism. Both embrace international chaos and upheaval aimed at creating a new world order built upon the ruins of the status quo. Both rail against Zionism and Jews’ alleged control of the world through the financial system.

While fanatical, belligerent Iranians foment war against Israel both groups perpetuate hoary anti-Semitic tropes like a Jewish cabal engineering unjust wars for the benefit of Israel.

Leftists and Islamists probably won’t abandon their twisted fantasies anytime soon.

Meanwhile, back here in America management at a downtown housing complex in Chicago is warning residents to flee to safety before Occupy demonstrators show up to protest the NATO summit next month. The Library Tower Condominium Association sent a letter indicating that management “is STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21.”

Maybe Professor Gautney should advise them to seek asylum in Iran.

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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.

  • http://www.maghrebchristians.com Youssef

    Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani spent his 35th birthday in prison in Iran, illegally detained and facing execution for his faith.

    What we were unable to tell you last week is a rare piece of good news for the persecuted pastor.

    Read more: http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/04/17/pasto



    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.

  • 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