Over at The Forum, there's the following comment in response to the post about the students protesting the "recent acts of violence in South Asia." It's worth reproducing in full, as it nicely sums up, and then dismantles, the faulty thinking of an unfortunately large number of people on campus.
What exactly were you protesting? Many years ago, a few students from the Muslim Student Club did something similar for repeated terrorist attacks in Israel. They seemed to equate the attacks in Israel with the IDF and IAF’s retaliation. To me, this ‘protest’ — apart from scoring cheap publicity and an opportunity for facebook photo albums from a tragedy — seems to imply something similar. This, for obvious reasons is wrong at multiple levels. For starters, the unintended collateral damage of a liberal democracy defending herself is in no way equal to the amoral, barbaric acts of savagery committed by terrorist groups. More importantly, misguided protests like this one fail to recognize their intended target. Posters like “Let India and Pakistan live in peace” or the equivalent from my experience, “Let Israel and Palestine live in peace” forget to condemn the Islamist Terror groups and dangerous Wahabbi ideologies that threaten peace and freedom in the first place.
Of course, none of these arguments are relevant here, since this ’sitting protest’ hardly seems to be sincere. Its purpose was far from condemning the brutal violence of the terrorist groups responsible for 26/11 or encouraging healthy debate about the appropriate response to the threat of Islamic terrorism around the world. I strongly hope CMC’s strong curriculum in the humanities will set your ethics and values straight.
To the kids in the main photo, I hope you realize that the smirk on your face while holding those posters is an insult to the slain on 26/11 and the brave men who fought back. [ Editor's note: pictured above]