Middle East studies in the News
An Example of Juan Cole's "Informed" Scholarship
by Gary Fouse
University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole is consider one of academia's leading apologists for Islamic extremism. This is the guy who last October spoke at Cal State Long Beach and blasted British Prime Minister David Cameron for alerting the British public that some 400 Brits were fighting on behalf of ISIS, "a minuscule" number according to Cole. Since then that number has climbed, and we can only imagine what hundreds of ISIS fighters can accomplish if they return to Britain from the killing fields of Iraq and Syria.
Now Cole posts on his website, "Informed Comment" a study by some progressive outfit called the New America Foundation. This bunch has just concluded a study that tells us that (American/non-Muslim) homegrown terrorists have killed 48 people in the US since 9-11 compared to only 26 victims killed by Muslim terrorists (again, in the US).
To the careless reader, you might buy into this silly argument. Of course, as liberals like to point out America is just another county in that vast global village. Since 9-11 there have been over 25,000 Islamic terrorist attacks world-wide, many of which have claimed American lives overseas.
But more to the point, here is a statistic that wipes the above argument out. This past Friday, in Kuwait, France, and Tunisia, Islamic terrorist attacks claimed 66 lives. That was in just one day, Mr Cole.
So you can come up with as many sensational murders in the US as you want, carried out by deranged gunmen with no real spiritual conviction driving them other than their own personal, sick demons. Throw in the Virginia Tech massacre if you want. The inescapable fact remains that somewhere in the world, in one day, Islamic killers will surpass whatever total you wish to come up with.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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