Stanford Says No To War (SSNW) has begun distributing a petition regarding Condoleezza Rice’s return to Stanford.I guess we could say that what Professor Davies meant was that she knew about torture and condoned it.
“We are concerned about serious allegations that Rice has violated our constitution, domestic laws and international law,” reads the petition letter, which is addressed to the Stanford community. SSNW is concerned that Rice’s actions have “endangered American people.”
“[The petition was drafted] in light of Rice’s war mongering and torture,” said Symbolic Systems Prof. Todd Davies, who is a member of SSNW.
The petition alleges that Rice was involved with perpetuating misinformation surrounding the threats posed by Iraq to U.S. national security and condemns her alleged support of torturing detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
So someone who was good enough to be Provost at Stanford turns out not to be good enough to come back to teach after eight years in DC. Where the people from the Bush Administration always evil or did DC turn them into evil people or was it just being with Chaney and Rumsfeld? Or, more likely, is this just rubbish?
The comment that struck me as being most off the wall was by Geoff Browning, minister of United Campus Christian Ministry on campus. The Stanford Daily has him saying that the primary goal of the petition is accountability. Then they quote him saying:
“It’s as if it doesn’t matter if you’re Hitler or anyone.”Frankly, I think we need to distinguish amongst Hitler, Stalin and George Bush. To paraphrase a Senator from Texas, George Bush is no Hitler, and neither are those who worked for him. This type of talk is unhelpful.
Stanford risks becoming just another elite school of higher learning if it follows the path laid out by the likes of Professor Todd Davies.
And, a hat tip to Professor Ann Althouse for finding this. I didn't read all the comments, but did like this one..."Maybe Bill Ayers can give Condi some pointers on how to readjust to college life." But, then, the poster is retired Air Force, with 4,000 hours in the air.
Regards -- Cliff