Saturday, 24 March 2007

Note the Suppression of Academic Freedom

I highly recommend that you check out "Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1, 85–92, Spring 2007" in which appears a fascinating book review entitled. "Ethnic Cleansing or Genocide? Reviwew by MASAKI KAKISZAKI (University of Utah) of 'The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide' authored by Guenter Lewy."

I believe for a short time one may be able to download the article for free.

Kakiszaki describes how Armenian academicians attempted to obstruct the publication of two books, one by Lewy and another by Justin McCarthy that support the contra-genocide viewpoint. It is shameful that anyone in American academia would stoop this low.

We all must remember that free speech applies to everyone, not just to those who express viewpoints that agree with ours.

Insofar as preserving the right to disagree with the Armenian allegation of genocide, the words of Salman Rushdie come to mind: "Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself."