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Free Speech for Me, Not for Thee

Muslim students (possibly along with non-Muslim supporters) at UC Irvine disrupted the appearance

of Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. It was obviously planned. They were half the audience, and periodically one of them would burst out in some incoherent invective, cheered by the others, and have to be escorted out. This happened about a dozen times; then at one point, they all left in a noisy exodus and continued their tirades outside. Michael Oren expressed the wish that they had stayed inside because they were the ones he wanted to reach. But wishing to reach them is like wishing to live in another universe. These students are not learning the life of reasoned discourse, but the ways of mindless propaganda and mass intimidation.

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