Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Assault on Free Speech Redux: UC Irvine
Here is a video clip of a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech at the University of California - Irvine. Like the incident where General Petraeus was shouted down at Georgetown, the Israeli Ambassador received hateful and angry interruptions from a rowdy pro-Palestinian crowd. The University's handling of the situation should be commended. The representatives of the University not only severely castigated the interrupters, but threatened them with punishment including arrest. Additionally, Ambassador Oren deserves praise for his response. He was measured and forgiving. He refused to be bullied and continued to insist that the disrupters should listen to ideas and engage in discussion. The protesters insistence on shouting him down shows their own failure to live up to any principles they pretend to support.