Middle East studies in the News
Remembering the Words of Juan Cole
by Gary Fouse
In October 2014, I was present at California State University at Long Beach to listen to University of Michigan professor Juan Cole, an apologist for the Arab world, speak. With the reported death of the British ISIS terrorist, "Jihadi John" from a drone strike this week, I am reminded of how a student brought up this monster's name during a question to Cole about the British citizens who had gone to join ISIS. Cole responded by calling British Prime Minister David Cameron a racist and Islamophobe for alerting the public that some 400 Brits had joined ISIS-"a minuscule number" according to Cole in a country with 4 million Muslims.
We are hearing that one of the attackers in Paris had a Syrian passport and had entered Greece as a refugee. We are hearing that others spoke French with no accents. It appears that the melange of "refugees" and home grown terrorists returning from Syria has struck. We can only expect more.
And finally: It has just been reported that an American, 23-year-old Nohemi Gonzalez, an exchange student from Cal State Long Beach is among the dead.
I wonder if she was also in the audience last year at CSU Long Beach listening to the words of this foolish professor.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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