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Wounded Iraq vet heckled at Columbia University

posted at 1:36 pm on February 20, 2011 by

Apparently civility and free speech only apply to one side at Columbia University – the anti-military side.  Woe be unto you if you have the temerity to stand up in an open forum as a member of the Columbia University community and voice an opinion in opposition to that which is prevalent there.

A wounded Iraq war veteran found that out recently as he stood up – something he had to learn to do again after his wounds – and gave what the NY Post describes as an “impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.” It occurred during the second of three meetings the University has scheduled to talk about ROTC and the possibility of bringing it back on campus.

Speaking truth to ignorance, Anthony Maschek said to his fellow students:

“It doesn’t matter how you feel about the war. It doesn’t matter how you feel about fighting,” said Maschek. “There are bad men out there plotting to kill you.”

One student shouted “racist” at the former soldier, awarded the Purple Heart for somehow surviving being shot 11 times .

Several students laughed and jeered the Idaho native, a 10th Mountain Division infantryman who spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington recovering from grievous wounds.

Maschek, who is studying economics, miraculously survived the insurgent attack in Kirkuk. In the hail of gunfire, he broke both legs and suffered wounds to his abdomen, arm and chest.

Opinions of the military like that aren’t unheard of among some members of our colleges and universities. But this is 2011, not 1971 and the vast majority of Americans decided early on in this century that it isn’t at all acceptable anymore.

Behavior like that of Columbia’s anti-military crowd toward Mascheck is rude, crass, childish, and demonstrates a cosseted ignorance that they, for some reason, seem eager to display.  It speaks to the fact that differing opinions are not welcome.  And civil debate?  Why bother with that when you can bravely stand up and call a wounded warrior a “racist” for simply expressing himself in an open forum? 

This sort of bratty behavior toward a man who literally bled on their behalf only demonstrates for all the the emptiness of words like “tolerance”, “civility”, “acceptance” and “equality” for the Columbia anti-war students who jeered and laughed at this man. They should be mortally ashamed of themselves.

The incident also demonstrates that there is no real desire to engage and discuss – instead the emotional argument hold’s sway and any who oppose it are shouted down.  Their minds are made up and they have no desire to hear dissenting opinions – their preconceived notions based in a totally naive outlook on the world have formed their unchangable opinion about the military.  And ROTC.

“Universities should not be involved in military activities,” Sociology Professor Emeritus Herbert Gans told The Post. “Columbia should come out against spending $300 billion a year on unnecessary wars.”

Fair enough.  Some are of the opinion that government shouldn’t be involved in subsidizing private colleges.  So perhaps the a remedy can be found that is equitable for all.  No ROTC on Columbia?  Then no federal money for Columbia.

Discuss that.

Bruce McQuain blogs at Questions and Observations (QandO), Blackfive, the Washington Examiner and the Green Room.

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I agree, if they won’t allow ROTC and get fed funds, then no more fed funds, period! God bless you Anthony and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. I am so sorry you were treated like you were.
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letget on February 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Assuming of course the NYPost isn’t simply making sh+t up, which is not unlikely.

Grow Fins on February 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

GF if you have proof please provide. You’re a joke.

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM

They should be mortally ashamed of themselves.

Progressives aren’t crazy because they are progressive they were born defective and gravitate to progressivism. Progressive ideologies are the only ideas that make sense to them. Up is down, down is up, etc, etc, etc….

They will not be mortally ashamed. They will embrace their despicable behavior and relish in it’s ignorance.

csdeven on February 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Assuming of course the NYPost isn’t simply making sh+t up, which is not unlikely.

… because, of course, the NY Times never would, right? Just ask Jason Blair.

princetrumpet on February 20, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Maschek was shot to pieces by the enemy and survived to come home and be verbally shot up by his fellow countrymen. I wonder which wounds hurt more deeply and will scar more permanently.

SKYFOX on February 20, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Liberal hypocrites in sunshine action. Watch them good. They are your enemies, plain and simple. Obama divides the country and the world, by belief systems, socialism versus freedom, like no other president, ever.

Here’s a good link on topic.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Perfect example…growfins….there is a perfect example of a damaged from birth psyche that has no choice than to embrace insanity.

Pray for them folks, for as Isaiah said in 5:20….

“Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

csdeven on February 20, 2011 at 2:14 PM

If I was there, a fight would have taken place. I can tolerate almost anything except disrespect of our armed forces.

wheelgun on February 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Columbia gave a warmer welcome to Ahmajinedad

Mark1971 on February 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Frankly, Columbia University should be torn down to its very foundations, and the ground that it once stood on be strewn with salt!

pilamaye on February 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Assuming of course the NYPost isn’t simply making sh+t up, which is not unlikely.

Grow Fins on February 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I honestly feel sorry for you, I do. You represent the very worst of humanity over and over again with your posts. May God have mercy on your soul.

Tim Zank on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Columbia gave a warmer welcome to Ahmajinedad

Mark1971 on February 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

He received a warm welcome there. The only eyebrows raised were when he he remarked about having no homosexuality in Iran. Other than that brief moment, Columbia treated him like a freakin’ hero.

Tim Zank on February 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Grow Fins on February 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I honestly feel sorry for you, I do. You represent the very worst of humanity over and over again with your posts. May God have mercy on your soul.

Tim Zank on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

GF is ugly and unhappy.

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Now I know where the grandchildren of the Vietnam war protesters are hanging out.

mizflame98 on February 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.”
— Robert E. Howard

Dash on February 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

You know who these student douches are? They are the same ones in that HILARIOUS YouTube video who had “overtaken” NYU protesting student fees until the administration had about had enough and broke through their barricade of library chairs and wooden desks, putting an end to their “occupation”, all amusingly narrated by one of the douches, filmed and put up on YouTube!
“No, you may not come in here. No, you may not!” Campus police and authorities push away barricade and enter. “You may not do this! You may not do this! Police brutality! Police brutality!”

It had 100s of thousands of hits by weeks end, people were laughing their asses off and made it go viral.

Marcus on February 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

future or current OFA regional directors.

rob verdi on February 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

No ROTC, no federal funds.
Start calling congresscritters. Time to save taxpayers some dough.

Iblis on February 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Supposed nobility seldom shows respect to men of superior caliber. Their aim is to cry in self-pity, but instead laugh in jealousy.

Dash on February 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM


Robert E. Howard was a genius.

“Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.”
— Robert E. Howard (Conan)

Demosthenes on February 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Just when you think the “progressive” community can’t sink lower, they surprise you.

Race to the gutter time!

Good Lt on February 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Assuming of course the NYPost isn’t simply making sh+t up, which is not unlikely.

Grow Fins on February 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Yeah. Leftwing scum would NEVER insult a member of the military.

Good Lt on February 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

These are the same scum that wish death upon our soldiers.

Vera on February 20, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Assuming of course the NYPost isn’t simply making sh+t up, which is not unlikely.

– Grow Fins

Provide proof, not your speculation. If you cannot provide proof, kindly shut up, you pathetic little being.

Gothguy on February 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

AP please ban Grow Fins, its bitter spittle is nothing but an unwanted stain in these threads.

Sharke on February 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

There are already two federal laws on the books barring colleges from receiving federal money when they refused to allow ROTC on the campus. Why the hell are we dithering?

I’ve made one call to my Congressman, Sam Johnson, a retired USAF Colonel and former POW about this and plan another call tomorrow.

To all you whiney, snot nosed little gobshites I level on you the ancient gallic curse: “SCRU’UA”!

…and soon.

E9RET on February 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

And then, this:

“Transpeople are part of the Columbia community,” said senior Sean Udell at the meeting, referring to the military’s current ban on transgender soldiers.

catmman on February 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

The “students” at Columbia should be conscripted and dropped off in the AFPAK tribal region.

Viper1 on February 20, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Brats. Awful. Insufferable.

Urban Infidel on February 20, 2011 at 4:50 PM

It really doesn’t take much to separate the libs in these posts. They are beyond sad and travel to the height of laughing out loud. These libs will change when they get to the real world of hard work and rewarded with back breaking taxes. It’s so easy living the life of a parasite especially when you move back home to Mom and Dad and your old bed and of course the food, car, laundry, ironing and mending and some money for a few years until you get on your feet. Pathetic!

mixplix on February 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Someone who has actually put his life on the line and helped bring Freedom across seas being heckled by the liberals who do nothing more than “talk” about Freedom.

Must be hard for all those coffee shop philosophers to actually have to sit in the same room with someone who has fought and provided all the things these twits take for granted.

Baxter Greene on February 20, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Some years ago we might have entertained the thought of stepping in and helping people like GF. Now if we saw him in a tight spot and knew it to be GF I think a lot of us would just step back and let the twerp fend for himself.No doubt he is safe in his mothers basement but it must be real scary for him out in the world.
Tomorrow we call the house and senate to cut this instituion off.
NYC is a rathole anyway so we can use the money elsewhere in the country,maybe over in E TEXAS as it keeps getting redder.

Col.John Wm. Reed on February 20, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Grow Fins on February 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I’m assume you have a Purple Heart is listed on your DD Form 214?

Regards,
MSG, USA (RET)
18Z50W8

SPIFF1669 on February 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Professor Gans and these Columbia students are the products of our society at the very elite level. That’s the most disgusting fact about this story.

MTF on February 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM

But remember…they support the Troops, just not the mission.

As I have always believed, the left has always held the military in contempt. They now feel like thehy don’t have to hide their hatred of them, so their true colors are showing.

Despicable lot, all of them.

NC Cop on February 20, 2011 at 5:57 PM

They were not spoken to and civility requested? The Ivies have gone down, down down from learning oases to being mere shadows of what the once were…all of them.

jeanie on February 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Assuming of course the NYPost isn’t simply making sh+t up, which is not unlikely.

Grow Fins on February 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

My God, do you have not one shred of decency in your entire miserable existence? You link as proof to your inane argument you engage in here, some of the worst Left biased web sites and newspapers. But you have the temerity to question a story because it’s printed in the Post?

These are your people. They exist and I’ve seen the poor treatment of the military by this type personally. They have been there doing this type of thing since the war began. They’re still out there. Own them.

hawkdriver on February 20, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Absolutely shameful…

cmsinaz on February 20, 2011 at 6:23 PM

They’re still out there. Own them.

hawkdriver on February 20, 2011 at 6:20 PM

hear hear!

cmsinaz on February 20, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Scum. Yell at the generals who give the orders if you’re angry about the war…not at the crippled soldiers who’ve paid in blood.

Dark-Star on February 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM

What a bunch of d-bags.

tommer74 on February 20, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Yeah, the evil military. The National Guard and Reserves should quit going to Third World countries where villages are rebuilt or improved, and the citizens get free vaccines and medical care. No one ever hears about that kind of stuff. And that’s just south of the border (of Mexico).

ammo john on February 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM