The Progressive Student Union organized a meeting to debate the merits of The Oregonians’ support of President Bush’s desire for a preemptive strike on Iraq. David Reinhard, conservative editorial columnist for the Oregonian, had a heated exchange with Tom Hastings, PSU philosophy professor specializing in conflict resolution.
Reinhard: “You’re a peacenik, a dove, a pacifist.”
Hastings: “Right, so far.”
Reinhard: “I wonder if you’d still be if I jumped over this table right now.”
Students proposed alternatives to the war and The Oregonian editorial board explained why they support Bush. The meeting ended without resolution.