March 18, 2004


Cornellís Elliott Marc Davis has begun an anti-Pilger movement:

"Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor Legitimates and Supports the Murder of Coalition Troops in Iraq." This is what last Thursday's Cornell Daily Sun headline should have read. But alas, the most important and relevant Cornell-related news of the week was ignored by The Sun and the media at large.

Just last Wednesday, Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor John Pilger told Australian Broadcasting Corporation interviewer Tony Jones that he hopes for a U.S. defeat in Iraq, because he's afraid that a victory in Iraq would prompt similar U.S. invasions of other countries, such as Iran, North Korea, and even China. So basically, Pilger would like the Iraqi people -- a majority of whom state that things are better now than before the war -- to get screwed because a U.S. victory wouldn't suit his own political agenda.

Instead of reporting on Pilger's interview last week, The Sun ran a cheery article about how great it is to give money to Cornell. Cornell Trustee John Alexander '74 called on graduating seniors, many of whom have no jobs and huge loan payments, to "give until it feels good."

But before making any donations, Cornell seniors and alumni should take a moment and reflect on where their dollars are headed. There is no shame in saying that you would like to donate to the school, but simply cannot support an institution that provides a home for someone who legitimates the murder of American servicepeople in Iraq.

At least one Cornell alum has already decided to hang on to his money.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 18, 2004 01:04 AM

All alums should look at what the universities teach and promote and withhold funds until it becomes significantly more balanced. My kids start college - once done I would like to give some $$ to my school - but won't under the current climate. If all donors demanded the same, it would change quickly.

Posted by: JEM at March 18, 2004 at 01:41 AM

Off topic but you may find it humorous:

Cornell student: "I love the diversity at Cornell. There are people here from all over Long Island!"

Former (Yay!!!) Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is also at Cornell this semester alongside Pilger. Unbelievable. McKinney, who claimed Bush had advanced knowledge of Sept. 11, blamed her loss on the Jooos.

Posted by: JDB at March 18, 2004 at 09:35 AM


(Er, possibly, of course.)

Posted by: Angie Schultz at March 18, 2004 at 10:04 AM