WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 — There are two institutions that reflect aspects of existence under a totalitarian dystopia: life in prison and on the modern university campus.
Miami’s Barry University suspended a student known only as Laura for practicing advocacy journalism, to which Americans mindlessly subject themselves every day of their lives.
How many stories do you read in newspapers, see on TV, or hear on radio extolling the virtues of totalitarian Obamacare?; or suggest that a nuclear Iran is nothing to fear?; or that global-warming/climate-change/sky-is-falling computer models are reasonable substitutes for reality and that its deniers must be rounded up and burned at the stake for religious heresy?
Laura’s sin is that she used the tactics of the mainstream media to get at the truth. And, worse still, she captured it all with a hidden camera. Laura worked under the auspices of Project Veritas, founded by conservative video sting artist James O’Keefe.
In a video, Laura tells Derek Bley, Barry University’s coordinator for leadership development and student organizations, that she wants to establish a student group called the Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “I want to raise, like, funds to send overseas—and humanitarian efforts—to help, like, the widows and the children of people who have died over there in the Islamic State.”
She adds that her would-be organization wants to send flashlights to ISIS fighters “because, like, they’re so poor, like they don’t have night vision and stuff, so they wanted flashlights so that they could, like, better protect themselves.”
She bolsters her case by siting the usual anti-American bromides. “I feel, like, a lot of people don’t understand because they feel, like, you know, it’s all one-sided in the media, but, you know, it’s deeper than that… I feel, like, the United States has gone into the communities and really, like, destroyed people’s lives… and desperate people do desperate things.”
Laura invokes empty-headed State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s statement that a “lack of opportunity for jobs” is among the “root causes” of Islamic terror. “They’re [the Obama administration] taking the approach, where, like, you should create jobs and help promote education in the Islamic State, because that’s what helps reduce terrorism.”
“If there’s a demand or a need… an interest that students have to do this, we’re here to support that,” says an extremely agreeable Bley. “So, what I would recommend, maybe, coming up with one or two other possible names [for your organization] just in case this one, uh, does not get through.”
Daisy Santiago, Barry University’s international and multicultural programs coordinator, suggests the name Laura chose for her student organization is, well, too up front. She suggests Laura drop ISIS from the title of her university undertaking and call it Sympathetic Students “in Support of the Middle East, as opposed to… ISIS.”
The university duo must not have read the Amnesty International report Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale, which chronicles the suffering of men like Mirze Ezdin. Forty-five of Ezdin’s relatives, “all women and children,” were abducted by ISIS fighters in Qiniyeh. “Can you imagine these little ones in the hands of those criminals?” said Ezdin.
“The abductions have in some cases devastated entire Yezidi families,” said the Amnesty International report. “Among those being held are four generations of the family of Mohsen Elias… 18 women and children from his immediate family and more than 25 others from extended family were abducted.”
It’s all part of the Islamic State’s systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq.
I am sure that if Derek Bley and Daisy Santiago took a moment to think (rather than emote), they too would be horrified by the atrocities committed by the Islamic State. They are, however, crowning examples of indolent, bureaucratic paper-shufflers whose years acquiescing to the irrational demands of non-judgmental, multi-culturalism has rendered their moral conscience mute.
You can’t expect people to object to evil when they don’t believe it exists, or that it’s simply one among many “lifestyle choices.”
“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that [Charles] Dickens loved to paint,” wrote C.S. Lewis in the preface to his book The Screwtape Letters. “It is not done even in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state…”
Laura was informed of her suspension from Barry University by its vice president and dean of students, Maria Alverez, who said Laura’s undercover video created “a hostile environment for members of the University staff.”
That’s rather judgmental considering the same university staff seemed willing to condone and financially support a student organization dedicated to helping ISIS.