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Return of the “Million Mogadishu” Man

Scott on February 14, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Don’t college professors have to pass some sort of “entrance exam” before being allowed to teach? Or at the very least, don’t they need to pass some kind of emotional/psychological/intellectual competency exam to be sure that they are capable of treating a subject fairly and objectively?

I guess not!

From Columbia University, it’s the Return of The Million Mogadishu Man (otherwise known as Nicholas De Genova, Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department).

De Genova is ramping up to teach a new class titled “The Metaphysics of Anti-Terrorism.” I have to say that I DIG the title. It sounds so high-brow, so deep and philosophical, so intellectual. Unfortunately, it does not appear that this class will live up to its name!

Here’s a quick reminder about who Nicholas De Genova is…

- This is the guy who said, “The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military.”

- This is the guy who said, “I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus.”

- This is the guy who asserted that Americans who call themselves “patriots” are white supremacists.

In a college course, metaphysics is supposed to be the study of the first principles or the underlying theoretical underpinnings of a particular discipline or train of thought.

But to do that, to grapple with a complex subject and to deal with all its ramifications and nuances, wouldn’t the person responsible for teaching about the first principles or theoretical underpinnings need to have an objective approach to the subject matter?

Call me old fashioned, but having De Genova teach this course would be like asking Ted Kennedy teach a course on the metaphysics of abstinence, asking Bill Clinton to teach a course on the metaphysics of fidelity, or having a convicted serial pedophile teach a course on the metaphysics of child nurturing.

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