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OPINION: Rice Should Not Have Bowed Out At Rutgers

American-Israeli author and columnist Zev Chafets has an interesting take on the whole Condoleezza Rice/Rutgers brouhaha in an opinion piece on Fox News. Here’s the thrust of his argument:

Rice’s decision wasn’t classy. It was irresponsible. Dr. Rice, who has spent 30 years on the faculty at Stanford, knows that campuses are a place where America’s adversaries (and the friends of its adversaries) mobilize naïve kids and a coddled professors in an effort to influence public opinion and undermine America’s international image and foreign policy.

Dr. Rice should have kept the commencement date and used it as a teachable moment. It was a chance to inform students that the “war criminal” charge is a transparent attempt to tar those who fight back against armed Islamic radicalism as imperialists, racists and sadists. …

Of course, some of the professors would have smirked. A minority of students would have booed or turned their backs. A few might have thrown shoes in the newly imported style of political discourse popular in the Middle East.

But most would have listened and learned. Even more important, they would have witnessed an admirable and courageous woman standing up to an intellectually dishonest smear campaign directed not only at her, but at her comrades in arms and her country.

He makes a good point.

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