Middle East studies in the News
Khalidi of the PLO
by Scott Johnson
Barack Obama holds himself out as a transnational messianic figure, come to transform the United States and heal the world. Yet he has one thing in common with war. He is protected by a bodyguard of lies. Thus in its editorial "Idiot wind," the Washington Post indignantly denied that Barack Obama's friend -- "the widely respected Middle East scholar named Rashid Khalidi" -- was ever a PLO spokesman. Rather, the Post explained, Khalidi is a proponent of "complex views" and a background that somehow precludes his having worked as a terrorist spokesman:
That's "the record" according to the Washington Post. But the question is whether Khalidi acted as a PLO spokesman while the PLO was "widely recognized," to use the Post's phrase, as a terrorist organization. In "Khalidi of the PLO," Martin Kramer sets the record straight.
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