Thursday, March 03, 2011

Harvard to lift fatwa against ROTC on campus

How about that. Good riddance to the ban. Brings to mind John Updike's sneer against the anti-war movement of the 60s. It was large part a snobbish dismissal of Johnson by the Eastern establishment. Cambridge professors and Manhattan lawyers and their guitar-strumming children thought they could run the country and the world better than this lugubrious bohunk from Texas. These privileged members of a privileged nation believed that their pleasant position could be maintained without anything visibly ugly happening in the world. They were full of aesthetic disdain for their own defenders.