It was sometimes difficult for listeners to hear Nonie Darwish, the founder of Arabs for Israel, amid the protest at last night’s kickoff event for Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week… .\
Darwish was introduced to an equal mix of boos and applause and was unable to begin speaking for about a minute because of heckling from the audience. She was noticeably flustered by the various protests during the speech and was flanked by a bodyguard.\
UCPD escorted a number of loud opponents out of the lecture hall at various times during the event.
The speech was notably interrupted however, when former UW lecturer Kevin Barrett stood up and began questioning Horowitz about the events of 9/11.\
Barrett was unable to address Horowitz, however, as he was drowned out by jeers from the audience.\
Barrett gained notoriety for teaching 9/11 conspiracy theories in an introductory course on Islamic history and culture at UW-Madison in fall 2006. Members and supporters of the Muslim Student Association gathered to show their disapproval of Horowitz’s message.
7:14 Ms. Darwish takes the stage to jeers of “Fascist; you are nothing but a tool of the United states.” Shouter is rebuked and removed… .\
7:16 the interruptions continue: “That’s a lie! Osama bin Laden was a CIA agent!” and such continue to come from the audience… .
Both movements are based on a cult of murderous violence that exalts death and destruction and despises the life of the mind… . Both are hostile to modernity (except when it comes to the pursuit of weapons), and both are bitterly nostalgic for past empires and lost glories. Both are obsessed with real and imagined “humiliations” and thirsty for revenge. Both are chronically infected with the toxin of anti-Jewish paranoia …
Campus progressives chafe at the idea of rabble-rousing, controversial, and inflammatory events staged to criticize politically-correct excesses. Bigots like Ahmadinejad do little harm — few American college students share his opinions, and he already lacks credibility in most people’s eyes. But firebrands like Horowitz who bring legitimate — if often overblown and rhetorically inappropriate — criticisms to bear against the academic left pose a much greater threat: to expose to more observers the shaky foundations upon which most postmodern prejudices are bulwarked.