Middle East studies in the News
Middle East "Scholars" Sign Letter Supporting Iran Deal [incl. Juan Cole, Rashid Khalidi, Reza Aslan, John Esposito]
by Gary Fouse
The National Iranian American Council has published a letter signed by 73 (now up to 80) university professors who are described as "prominent international relations scholars", in which they support the Iran nuclear deal and urge Congress to approve it.
I won't bother researching each and every "scholar" listed here, but the list includes a who's who of academic activists who are apologists for all the carnage that is occurring in the Middle East in the name of Islam. They are also activists against Israel. I have posted articles about many of them on this site including Juan Cole, Rashid Khalidi, Reza Aslan, Peter Kuznick, John Esposito, Peter Beinart and Noam Chomsky.
You will note that the letter makes not one mention of the odious nature of the Iranian regime or their threats to annihilate Israel (and the US). You would have thought they were talking about Switzerland during WW II. It makes you wonder also as to the nature of the NIAC.
These are not prominent scholars; they are activists on the wrong side of most issues. Frankly, I am surprised they didn't get more signatures on their letter given the sheer number of anti-Israel activists roaming around the halls of academia. I mean, where is Mark LeVine of UC Irvine? Where is the great "independent scholar with a PhD from Princeton", Norman Finkelstein? I could go on and on all day.
The letter is a joke. It should not be taken seriously by Congress. If they know anything at all about these signatories, they will throw it in the waste basket.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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