Middle East studies in the News
Juan Cole, U. Michigan's Infamous Middle East Specialist, Strikes Again
by Charles Lipson
Prof. Cole, whose regional specialty overlaps with terrorism, ought to know a thing or two about the subject.
His latest op-ed, written for The Nation (a small but influential left-wing publication) is entitled:
The problem with that strategy, says Cole, is that ISIL/ISIS seeks such "polarization." This leads the hyperbolic Cole to metaphoric self-immolation:
Cole concludes by strongly endorsing Ariana Grande's tweet, which favors "compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness," which are "the exact opposite of the heinous intentions" of the Manchester terror bombers.
If you think so, then drive through any of these extremist Muslim areas with a bumper sticker that includes a Star of David and a Cross. Drive around Europe or the US with that sticker, no problem. Drive around Saudi Arabia or Iran,no head.
And slinging mud at Gen. Mattis is disgusting. And it demeans Cole, not Mattis, to say the SecDef knows less about strategy than a pop singer in her early 20s.
Cole has earned a reputation for vitriolic criticism of the United States and even more vitriolic hatred of Israel. He is a poster child for everything that is wrong with Middle Eastern studies in US universities.
His latest op-ed burnishes that well-earned reputation.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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