The Outstater

October 17, 2023

Gaza Perversity at IU

IU STUDENTS WHO PROTESTED following the terrorist attack on Israeli homes (do we need to show you the pictures that the terrorists themselves took?) now say they were merely concerned for the lives of innocent children living from whence the terrorists came.

Really? So, one morning it is announced that a thousand Israeli men, women and children have been slaughtered in their homes and your first reaction is to grab a Palestinian flag and take to the street — for humanity’s sake? That is so specious it would be laughable if it didn’t occur in the perverse Alice in Wonderland of a university campus.

But it did — and in Indiana, if you consider Bloomington a part of Indiana. And to provide icing on this ignominious cake, the IU president issues a statement of fluff and ambiguity urging “caring and compassion” for all, a statement tightened up later to footnote that it was Israelis who actually did the dying.

The woman should have been fired at her podium — with at least as much pompous self-righteousness as the university mustered in ending the career of its perhaps last championship-level basketball coach.

No, that’s not right. It’s not her fault that she has no backbone. University presidents these days must prove they are bereft of backbone to get the job. It is the board of trustees that is responsible, five of its nine members appointed by the governor.

Are you beginning to see the problem? Explaining why the governor is unlikely to take a position, a defender of Eric Holcomb (who would make a great university president for the reason above) says there is nothing the governor can do — freedom of speech, you know.

Oh codswallop, a university is not a constitutional assembly or a court of law. It can expel anyone it wishes — even for flunking its insipid and increasingly worthless curricula. At my college they expelled perfectly fine, red-blooded young men for doing nothing more than participating in a panty raid (younger readers will have to look that up). The administration back then took Polaroids and threw out anyone the gimlet-eyed old deans could identify.

Let’s do that again — the expelling part. Only let’s focus our fancy new cameras on students and faculty from godawful, disease-ridden parts of the world with ties to the Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Brotherhood and the like. And while we are at it, let’s take a look at the 3,000 or so IU students from China with oaths of allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party.

Ask your candidate for governor about any of that. — tcl


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