Wounded Iraqi war vet heckled at Columbia University over ROTC issue

February 22nd, 2011 - 1:48 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Feb 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The New York Post has reported that a wounded Iraqi war veteran has been heckled at the Columbia University during a debate on whether ROTC should be brought back to the university.

Anthony Maschek is a freshman at the university. During his presentation in favor of bringing back ROTC, the wheelchair-bound veteran told that students that had gathered that, “It doesn’t matter how you feel about the war. It doesn’t matter how you feel about fighting. There are bad men out there plotting to kill you.”

Some students at the hall shouted at Maschek. They called him ‘racist’ during his delivery. Maschek was shot about 11 times when he was serving in Iraq.

The debate on whether ROTC should be reintroduced at the school has been fierce. The program is used to train students on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics.

The various public universities are prohibited from the program because of the Solomon Amendment. The program was highly criticized in the past and most students left the public universities rather than adhering to the standards of the program. The ROTC implemented the outlawed “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy of the military.

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