Israel has been sailing through rough waters for virtually its entire history, but the past few years have been especially tense. With their allies wavering and their enemies growing ever bolder and ever more vicious, Israel has been pushed into increasing levels of vigilance that are difficult to sustain.
In the West, the progressive agenda has decided to side with the Muslim fascists against the democratic and free people of Israel, and the liberal academics have led the way in that fight. Almost a year ago this interesting dynamic of liberal academia against Israel was brought to light during a fascinating debate at Oxford University between American conservatives Dennis Prager and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach against liberal academics at Oxford.
The stunning ignorance of the liberals can be seen in the proposition of the debate – “Hamas is a greater obstacle to peace than Israel.” Yes, the liberals actually argued that Israel was a bigger problem than the Muslim terrorists who were killing innocent civilians. It only got worse from there…
First, these statements accurately represent the moral and intellectual level of Oxford and nearly all other Western universities. The moral compass at Western universities is simply broken. The moral north points south and the moral south points north. Thus, the good — most especially America and Israel — are regarded as villains, and the worst are portrayed as victims.
The situation is the same regarding truth. “Israel is behaving like Nazi Germany” is, above all, a lie. Outside of the natural sciences, truth is not pursued at the university — indeed, the existence of objective truth is largely denied. “Truth” (it is likely to be put in quotes) is a function of race, gender and class. There is, therefore, no truth about Ferguson, only white truth and black truth.
Second, as George Gilder has written in his superb book, “The Israel Test,” how an individual, institution or nation reacts to Israel provides a good guide to their values. Those with an intact moral compass and who are life- and success-affirming admire Israel. The immoral, the morally confused, and those who resent success loathe Israel. The university is in the latter categories.
Third, if you do not share the universities’ values, it could be a big mistake to send your children to college before they are intellectually and morally prepared for the indoctrination-rather-than-education they will receive there. Therefore, prepare them morally and intellectually and, if possible, do not send them to college right after high school. Let them work for a year, or perhaps travel (for example, given the antipathy to Israel on campuses, a trip to Israel would be both morally clarifying and maturing). The younger the student, the less life experience and maturity they have, the more they are likely to embrace the rejection of your values.
The sad fact is that if you love education, revere the life of the mind, care about the pursuit of truth, think young people need to receive wisdom from their elders, and value moral clarity, the university is the last place you would want to send your 18-year-old.
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