Thursday, December 15, 2005

Academia...Or Big Business?

This is actually Rory's post. For those of us who've held America's universities in high esteem, the past several years have provided a rude awakening. A huge influx of Saudi petrodollars has resulted in a completely unbalanced presentation of events in the Middle East, from the Iraq War to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by many of those professors who are the beneficiaries of the Saudis' largesse.

We're now faced with a situation where our future leaders and opinion-makers are being force- fed a diet of extreme left-wing propaganda being fueled by large infusions of cash from reactionary anti-democratic regimes like the one in Saudi Arabia. At best, students are being deprived of the opportunity to hear all sides of the argument. At worst, they're being psychologically intimidated by professors who broach no opinions contrary to their own, and, on occasion, physically intimated by members of student organizations who, in their infantile inability to win the argument by persuasion, have resorted to violence. Certainly, anyone who has a son or daughter of college age cannot afford to ignore what's happening on our campuses. But neither can the rest of us. Their protests to the contrary notwithstanding, the Saudi regime is no friend to the United States. Their Wahabi form of Islam produced the hijackers of 9/11 and the acolytes of Osama bin Laden worldwide. They're buying their way into our universities, they're influencing our media, and they're radicalizing our mosques. And we're the ones who are buying the rope with which they're trying to hang us.

19 Comments:

At 11:00 AM, Blogger cube said...

I wonder if the Saudi's wouldn't mind reciprocating, i.e., letting American dollars set up centers of Christian studies at their universities. You know, in the interest of mutual cooperation & brotherhood. (Where is my sarcasm emoticon?)

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Nice to see Saudi Arabia and Wahibism mentioned in the same sentence. Most people are completely ignorant of the support Saudi Arabia has given to Islamic schools here in America. The schools are provided money and textbooks that teach hate for Christians, Jews, Americans, Israelis and every other non-Muslim group. These schools teach jihad and have had graduates go on to be attempted assassins, recruiters for extremist groups and even homicide bombers. The ISA school in Alexandria Virginia is a perfect example.
Good post.

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Rory,
We're now faced with a situation where our future leaders and opinion-makers are being force- fed a diet of extreme left-wing propaganda being fueled by large infusions of cash from reactionary anti-democratic regimes like the one in Saudi Arabia.
And the investment of Saudi dollars at our universities is so insidious. We won't know the harvest for several years.

Crusader: These schools teach jihad and have had graduates go on to be attempted assassins, recruiters for extremist groups and even homicide bombers. The ISA school in Alexandria Virginia is a perfect example.
So, in a few years, students can graduate from ISA, owned by Saudi, then move onto Georgetown University to continue their indoctrination in Wahhabism.

Check out this little blurb from ISA's web site @

http://www.saudiacademy.net/html/
about_ISA.html :

...ISA prepares students for entry into American, as well as international universities and colleges. After graduating from ISA, over ninety per cent of our students go on to attend American universities, including such elite institutions as MIT, Georgetown, Princeton and Stanford University. The school also actively promotes relationships with local universities, such as the George Washington University, George Mason University, and American University by taking students on campus and inviting college representatives to speak at the school. Over the past five years, our students have received over a million dollars in college scholarships from American universities.
Cozy, huh?

Maybe I should have tied ISA in with my blog article today. But the article was already so long! Another time, perhaps.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

It seems that the black gold of the caravan set extends way beyond the madrassas. THE ELITE MEDIA forgets to report much of this selling of the United States to islamic states.

The Fourth Estate ... A Fifth Column?

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

Why stop at madrassas when you can have the "mainstream" universities!
Yey!!
Allah is all wise.

 
At 2:39 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Along time ago we should have sat the Saudi Crime Family down and held a private big stick meeting. Amazingly there seems to be only one political figure that drives the Saudis up a wall Charles Schumer. The Saudi spokesman on meet the press was exasperated with Charles " Publicity Stunt " Schumer.

I do not think they would enjoy Rudy as President because he is his own man.

 
At 3:36 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Cube,
I think the phrase "When hell freezes over" would be appropriate right about now.

American Crusader,
You're absolutely right. A lot of Americans have a blind spot when it comes to the pernicious influence of the Saudis, due, in no small part, to the efforts of American lawyers, public relations flacks and former diplomats, who work very hard to make certain we're kept in the dark.

Always on Watch,
Very true. Within the next decade or so, we'll get a chance to see, firsthand, the fruits of the Saudis' malevolent labors.

Sergeant America,
"The Fourth Estate...A Fifth Column?" Very good, although I fear it may not be so far from the truth.

Felis,
That's exactly what they're doing. I'm just hoping this very disturbing situation will start to get some attention now, with these most recent Saudi "gifts."

Beaker,
I won't say that Chuck Schumer doesn't enjoy the limelight, but I have a feeling that, when it comes to Saudi Arabia, he's probably as serious as a heart attack. And if Rudy were president, we can be sure there'd be no more arm-in-arm strolls with Saudi princes. And let's not forget it was Rudy who, basically, told Prince Al-Waleed where he could shove his $10 million dollars.

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Seargeant America,
Yes, a Fifth Column!

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Beak makes a good point. Senator Schumer has information about ISA at his Senate web site, I believe. Senator Schumer doesn't get much publicity with his statemtents about ISA, does he? Now, why do you suppose that is?

Although I'm not a New Yorker, I have so much respect for Mayor Giuliani. How proud I was of him for refusing that gift from Saudi! Though some may not agree with Giuliani, I feel that he is a true American. I recommend his book Leadership to all my government students and have my own copy to which I refer from time to time.

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Always on Watch,
I agree with you about Rudy. And I can tell you that he may not win a lot of votes in the Bible Belt, but there are a lot of us New Yorkers, who tend to be Democrats, who'll vote for him if he runs. Also, years before he gave Al-waleed the bum's rush, he did something that endeared him to a lot of New Yorkers. He barred Yasser Arafat from attending a function that, as Mayor of NYC, it was within his purview to do.

Way to go, Rudy!

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Living just outside of NYC, I have always regarded Rudy with the utmost respect. I think his successor..Michael Bloomberg has admirably carried on Rudy's legacy.
Charles Schumer is a different story altogether, but even he can see the threat posed by Saudi Arabia. Why can't the rest of his left-winger amigos see what is so obvious to so many?
I like what cube said earlier about setting up "Christian studies" in Saudi universities. There isn't a single Christian Church in Mecca yet one of the world's largest mosques is situated right outside Vatican City. How long are we going to continue letting Islam use our freedoms against us?

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Just wait until London hosts the Olympics...one of the world's largest mosques is being built adjacent to where the Olympics will be taking place. I can already see the media showing the world how beautiful this mosque is.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

American Crusader

Schumer drives the Saudis batty. Yes he is a liberal and a pain at times. However, he should not be mentioned in the same breath with Hillary, Kerry or the Swimmer.

I never hear the Saudi minister go on a ten minute rant about any other political figure. Schumer annoys them so he isn't all bad.

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Esther said...

GREAT post, Rory. Let me add my voice to those who respect Rudy for all he has done.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Rory,
Yes, I remember that ban of Arafat. I wasn't "on watch" then, but I recall the incident. More evidence on Giuliani's integrity, IMO.

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Beak: the Swimmer! LOL. His Bloatedness!

Crusader: Just wait until London hosts the Olympics...one of the world's largest mosques is being built adjacent to where the Olympics will be taking place. I can already see the media showing the world how beautiful this mosque is.
I'm turning off the TV set.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Rory said...

American Crusader,
I agree with you about Mayor Bloomberg, who, as you probably know, just won re-election by an overwhelming majority.

As far as Chuck Schumer is concerned, I think the reason why he gets it about the Saudis is because he's a true liberal, rather than a left-wing ideologue. He recognizes the hypocrisy of the leftists who are turning a blind-eye to Islamic radicals...and I'm going to come right out and say it (since I spent quite a few years on that end of the political spectrum)...because their skin is darker than theirs is.

Beaker,
I may bring the wrath of God down on my head for saying this, but I wouldn't sell Hillary short just yet. She's been very supportive of legislation that's been giving the Arabs a major headache, like the "Syria Accountability Act" for instance. I'm still reserving judgment on her, for the time being.

Esther,
Thanks, and I'm with you on Rudy. I really hope he runs because this way if I vote for a Republican...at least I won't have to lie about it. ;)

 
At 6:58 AM, Anonymous seawitch said...

Most people are content to let the news media tell them what is going on but if you have the iniative, you find most of these facts out with a few clicks.

A lot of Congressmen have seen the threat of the hate materials coming into this country from Saudi Arabia.

As far as Guiliana not being able to carry the Bible Belt, I have to disagree. He has a great deal of respect down here and people really admire him for refusing that check and the way he handled himself after 9-11.

 
At 7:29 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Seawitch,
The reason I think Rudy could run into a problem in some of the "red states" is his liberal social agenda. He's pro-abortion rights, I'm not certain about gay marriage, but definitely civil unions, and so on. It's the only way a Republican can ever win an election in New York City. Any Republican mayor we've ever had, has been as liberal as the Democrats on social issues. Also, Rudy went through a very messy divorce following a very public extramarital affair, and I guess I'm concerned that kind of thing is going to hurt him in some of the more conservative states. Believe me, I'd love to be proven wrong, and maybe his performance after 9/11 will help to sway some conservative voters. I'd really like to think so.

 

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