Monday, 10 April 2017

“I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul”

“I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul” were the words of Assistant Professor George Ciccariello-Maher. This assistant professor, already headline material due to a comment he made last Christmas saying “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide” was supposedly outraged at a show of patriotism onboard a plane.
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A uniformed soldier had been offered a 1st class seat onboard a plane. To the sounds of hoots and cheers, Ciccariello-Maher couldn’t help but think of the supposedly abhorrent travesty in Mosul. Now, I don’t know much about Mosul and the attack that left 200 dead on Wednesday 29th of March, but that is irrelevant and only a minor part of this man’s comments. He’s already got a record of useless comments on Twitter, let alone racist ones, so what is he doing on Twitter? Or more to the point, what is this comment doing? We live in a world where technological material, not as provoking and disgusting as this, is being removed from social media and other media platforms due to “insensitivity”. Is this another double standard on Twitter’s behalf? Are comments about Trump and his policies not allowed on social media platforms but these comments, about a serving soldier, are?

I’m not calling for a removal of his comments, I’m all for free speech, free opinions, no matter how stupid or useless, like this one, but 1; where do we draw the line on censorship in regards to sensitive issues and 2; what are the double standards and who is creating them?

Once Ciccariello-Maher’s comments made it viral, others jumped on the wagon, supporting his ideas.

One Tweet reads; “The military worship in this country is beyond pathetic; its obscuring”

Sure, I can understand this, but does this mean that these soldiers can’t be offered a seat? Additionally, people commented on independent.co.uk’s article on the matter saying that this supposed large military worship was minimal, just largely publicised, one member saying that he had never seen a military member in his 27 years of living in the US, only on TV and occasionally at the airport. While it is true that the treatment given to soldiers in the US is higher, is it really obscuring and more to the point, is it uncalled for? Do these soldiers deserve the respect? In my opinion, yes.

Another supporter of Ciccariello-Maher tweeted that she wondered why teachers and nurses weren’t given the same respect, or boarded the planes first like some soldiers do. The simple fact is, this comment is ignorant of the simple ideals behind the fundamental respect afforded by the soldiers. The fact that these soldiers are willing to go out and risk their lives for the people, even for people that feel sick when these soldiers are given large amounts of respect. The fact is, these soldiers don’t walk into a classroom and teach docile students, spreading politically dangerous messages to children, spreading political ideals and influencing children like many teachers, especially the leftist teachers union, tend to do. These soldiers walk into a battlefield and face an enemy who won’t think twice about killing them. Think Hunger Games but a reality. They go to work, as it were, knowing that they may not make it back. And many of those who do make it back are scarred by their experiences with an array of mental health diseases including PTSD (Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder). Most become homeless, unemployed and living life worse off than the teacher or nurse. Many commit suicide, veterans in a supposedly military obsessed country like the US. Sure, a teacher or nurse plays an essential role in society, much like the fireman, the policeman, the lawyer, the doctor etc. But where is the risk? The respect is given on principle of the risk soldiers are willing to take to help Americans.

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Ciccariello-Maher's comments reflect the ignorant
context of the modern world.
Lastly, I would like to go back to the idea of respect afforded to teachers over soldiers. Teachers like Ciccariello-Maher.  Drexel University, Philadelphia actually employs this man to teach students. Does this give you an idea as to why teachers aren’t afforded the same respect as soldiers? Teachers are meant to be smart. Most are. The minority, like Ciccariello-Maher, are not. They are so dumb, they cannot even realise why soldiers are afforded respect, so dumb, they post comments like “All I want for Christmas is white genocide” and “I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul”. Yes, Ciccariello-Maher, who specialises in South-American politics, doesn’t have a clue. Why is he even in the education system, spreading poisonous ideals such as his? His odour is one of the main reasons I’m not going to Drexel University. If this is the direction of education, no wonder teachers don’t board planes first, no wonder the education rates in NSW, and nationally, are dropping at alarming rates, why English, Mathematics and Science marks are lowering. Because teachers don’t teach, they spread their toxic ideals and this is virulent for society.


So, George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor (Thank goodness he isn’t a full professor) at Drexel University has unleased a barrage of toxic waste so toxic it suits his reputation. His comments, both aforementioned, are enough to earn him the sack, and his lethal ideals are being spread throughout the education system, which can be, and is proving to be nationally, pernicious for the education levels, just one pointer why this soldier was offered a 1st class seat and Ciccariello-Maher wasn’t.