But don't question Colman McCarthy's patriotism or values, even as he calls for those warped values at colleges and universities.
I admire those who join armies, whether America's or the Taliban's: for their discipline, for their loyalty to their buddies and to their principles, for their sacrifices to be away from home.
WHOA!!!!!! You admire the members of the Taliban, who brutalize and oppress, just as much as you do American soldiers who liberate and provide humanitarian relief around the world? You are kidding me, Mr. McCarthy, aren't you? Or are you really such a morally bankrupt fool that you can no longer tell the difference between good and evil? Tell me, sir, do you also hold members of the Waffen SS and the Wehrmacht in the same regard as the members of the Greatest Generation who put an end to the genocidal Nazi regime those German soldiers served? Were the Japanese pilots at Pearl Harbor every bit as admirable as the American soldiers, sailors, and Marines they attacked that Sunday morning nearly seven decades ago? Come on, Mr. McCarthy -- answer the questions and show us exactly how your enlightened pacifist moral sensibilities weigh good and evil in the balance -- not that the one sentence above from your column doesn't provide us with a pretty clear idea of your views.
And then there is this almost Orwellian notion in the final paragraph.
ROTC and its warrior ethic taint the intellectual purity of a school, if by purity we mean trying to rise above the foul idea that nations can kill and destroy their way to peace.
In other words, rather than being places where all ideas are welcome and subject to being weighed, challenged, and found to be worthy or not, it is your contention that certain ideas and points of view ought to be minimized, marginalized, and excluded from academia. How very closed-minded of you, Mr. McCarthy! What other ideas would you like to blacklist as you work to turn the colleges and universities of this nation into undisguised indoctrination centers for your ideological point of view rather than places where there is allegedly an interplay of ideas and views designed to enlighten rather than propagandize? After all, we need to know the full extent of your proposed Neo-McCarthyism.
By the way, if you want an idea about what Colman McCarthy thinks is the proper content of academic study, please read this old post of mine about the course he offers at a suburban Maryland high school. if this is what he views as "intellectual purity" at an academic institution, heaven preserve us from his ever having any real control over what is taught on any campus anywhere -- he is an intellectual and academic FRAUD.