Profs on Boston Bombing: Blame Right-Wingers, ‘Islamophobia,’ and Blowback


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University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole

How did scholars of the Middle East and those engaged in moonlighting (non-specialists who write about the region) react to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013? Before the smoke cleared, some were predicting that the perpetrators would be “right-wingers” who sought to “disrupt tax day,” “neo-Nazis,” or “lone wolves.” Given that Muslims constitute 30 of 32 of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of most wanted terrorists, this represents either wishful thinking or willful blindness.

Accordingly, after brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were identified as the perpetrators, scholars resorted to apologetics and obfuscation to explain away Islam’s role: the Tsarnaevs aren’t “real” Muslims; Islam and terrorism are incompatible; Islamic terrorism is no more significant than any other societal ill; “Islamophobia” and a wave of anti-Muslim hate crimes (that has yet to arrive) will ensue; and the attack was an example not of ideologically-rooted violence, but of logical “blowback” against American foreign policy.

What follows is a sampling of such inanity.

Early speculation on the identity of the perpetrators:

Ingrid Mattson, London & Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College:

Just paid my U.S. taxes which are due today. Almost forgot because of the attacks on Boston. Did the bombers intend to disrupt tax day?

And:

If we wake up to the news that the bombers were white men, who should issue press releases condemning the actions?

Jessica Stern, Task Force on National Security and Law, Hoover Institution, Stanford University:

[A] recipe for creating this kind of bomb was actually published in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s online magazine known as ‘Inspire.’ And a couple of terrorist wannabes were inspired by that–al-Qaeda’s call for individuals to carry out their own jihad in America and try to detonate these bombs. . . . But it’s also important to recognize that the recipe was shared and lauded by Stormfront, which is a neo-Nazi website. And the whole idea of leaderless resistance, which comes out of the far right, neo-Nazi, patriot movement, also spread over to al-Qaeda-related groups. . . . So my guess is that this probably is a do-it-yourselfer kind of individual or individuals, or perhaps a small group. Either one that was inspired by al-Qaeda or perhaps neo-Nazis or anti-government patriot groups who have been known to act on Patriot’s Day. So the date of the attack suggests that we not overlook the possibility that this could be an American anti-government group.

Mark Ensalaco, associate professor of political science, University of Dayton:

My immediate reaction is this is something similar to Oklahoma City and the Olympics in Atlanta. Because it’s tax day and a holiday in Boston honoring revolutionaries who fought for America freedom, and many people from foreign nations were in attendance, I worry a right-wing extremist used a highly visible event such as the Boston Marathon to make a highly visible statement. It would be tragic if some mad man took a peaceful movement such as the tea party and acted in this way.

Eli Berman, Research Director, International Security Studies, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California, San Diego:

This looks like an aberration. It’s called ‘lone wolf’ terrorism—it’s not attached to any organization.

As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science, California State University, Stanislaus:

The buffoons of Muslim-American organizations are holding a press conference in Washington, D.C. today. Why? Why are you so eager to speak on the matter when the manhunt is not even over? And what will you say? Condemn? Why not reinforce the view, by not speaking, that condemnation is to be assumed by all American about all Americans?  Do you see Jewish-American organizations rushing to hold press conferences every time a Jewish person commits an act of murder or terrorism? Why do you act suspicious when you are innocent? Why do you remind American bigots that they are not wrong in their suspicions of you? Why not issue a statement saying once and for all that you condemn all acts of terrorism like all other Americans and that for that, you will shut up if some Muslim kook or terrorist commits an act of murder or terrorism in the future?

Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan:

We don’t yet know who carried out the attack, but we know they either aren’t Muslims at all or they aren’t real Muslims, in the nature of the case.

Why the Tsarnaev brothers aren’t “real” Muslims:

Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

We don’t know much about the two brothers . . . The few pieces we have do not exactly add up to a life of pious observance of Islam. Their high school friends talk about the two brothers getting together, drinking, and smoking pot. . . . We have seen this before, in the case of the 9/11 hijackers who visited strip clubs and got loaded up on alcohol and porn before committing their atrocities—again, not the actions of Muslim role models.

Brian Glyn Williams, professor of Islamic history, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth:

While he [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] was previously known to smoke marijuana and box, he ultimately found himself in a radical strain of Islam. But it was not the Islam most Muslims would recognize, it was almost a separate cult known as jihadism which seeks to construct what has been called the ‘Sixth Pillar of Islam’ i.e the fard (obligation) of jihad (there are actually only five pillars in Islam).

Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan:

Being a fanatic is, contrary to the impression both of Fox Cable News and some Muslim radicals, not actually the same as being a good Muslim; in fact, the Qur’an urges the use of reason and moderation. . . . All this shows that they were on an adolescent homocidal [sic] power trip, dressed up like al-Qaeda, the way the Aurora shooter was wearing an arsenal and dressed up like Batman. In any case, here are the signs that Dzhokhar in particular wasn’t ever observant, and Tamerlan’s later fanaticism led him and his brother to disregard Islamic ethics and laws.

Claims that Islam and terrorism are incompatible:

Hatem Bazian, senior lecturer in Near Eastern, University of California, Berkeley:

These acts of violence and terror have no place in Islam, which condemns such acts—in strongest possible terms—that takes lives of innocent people or causes pain and suffering.

Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

No matter what the experts on TV say, and for that matter what the two brothers might have said, here is one simple fact. Islamic law does not permit the random, indiscriminate killing of civilians. It is categorically forbidden. The Prophet Muhammad himself forbade the killing of women, elderly, civilians, and religious leaders.

Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan:

If the motive for terrorism is religious, it is impermissible in Islamic law. It is forbidden to attempt to impose Islam on other people. . . . Islamic law forbids aggressive warfare. . . . The killing of innocent non-combatants is forbidden. . . . Terrorism or hirabah is forbidden in Islamic law. . . . Sneak attacks are forbidden. Muslim commanders must give the enemy fair warning that war is imminent.

Muqtedar Khan, associate professor of political science and director of the Islamic Studies Program, University of Delaware:

To act in anger, even in the pursuit of justice is Un-Islamic. How do we teach our child that how one responds to injustice is the true measure of one’s values and a true reflection of who we are? How do we teach them that our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us—la darar wa la dirar—do no harm and do not reciprocate harm. Yes, Muhammad taught Muslims neither to initiate harm nor to reciprocate harm. This tradition is very widely known, at least to Muslims who know their religion.

Brian Glyn Williams, professor of Islamic history, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth:

Dzhokar and Tamerlan are . . . two names with some heavy significance and import for jihadified Muslims of Chechen ancestry who may have found themselves drawn to the cult of Muslim holy war at the expense of other less radical aspects of the faith . . . most notably the passage in the Koran that states ‘killing one innocent person is like killing all humanity.’

Downplaying the significance of Islamic terrorism:

Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

As everyone is of course fully aware, there are some Muslims who engage in terrorist activities. There are also some Jews, some Christians, some atheists, some Hindus, etc. No religion has a monopoly on hatred and idiocy, and no religion has a monopoly on love, compassion, and beauty.

Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, co-author, with Georgetown University’s John Esposito, of Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, and nonresident senior public policy scholar at the American University of Beirut:

I think that all terrorists are motivated by an ideology and some perceived grievances, but they all belong to some group and it’s important that we not conflate extremists with the entire group, because if we do that, we actually hand the extremists the legitimacy that they desire, to represent the entire community, which they do not.

Mark LeVine, professor of history, University of California, Irvine:

Why do we assume that if a young man is obsessed with extremely violent videos, websites and extreme music that he is psychologically disturbed, but if he’s obsessed with religion—not any religion, Islam only it appears—and begins following extremists online and viewing violent videos or reading violent literature that he’s become merely a ‘radical’—that is, he’s made a conscious and ‘sane’ political decision to attack and murder people in the name of an ideology, and isn’t suffering from some kind of mental illness?

As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science, California State University, Stanislaus:

If an Arab is behind it is terrorism and if an American is behind it is an explosion.

Predicting hate crimes and “Islamophobia”:

Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University:

Americans, particularly the media, also need to recognize the damage that Islamophobia can cause in alienating these young Muslims away from the mainstream religious and civic community. Already there are stories circulating of a backlash against Muslims in the wake of the events in Boston.

Muqtedar Khan, associate professor of political science and director of the Islamic Studies Program, University of Delaware:

The bombing of the Boston marathon and the subsequent man-hunt for the young Dzhokar Tsarnaev, has once again focused everyone’s attention on the so-called threat of Islamic radicalism and on Muslims living in the West. It has also given anti-Muslim extremists all the ammunition they need to put Islamophobia and anti-Muslim campaigns on steroids.

Aziza Ahmed, assistant professor of law, Northeastern University:

TV shows like 24 portray Muslims as secret radicals, which gets reproduced as facts by news agencies. . . . After an act of violence, we often desire to assign blame and ask for vigilance for the sake of justice.

Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

How we as a nation move forward is critical. . . . Do we turn into an angry mob accusing all Muslims of a crime that two men committed? Do we turn this into an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant hysteria? Or, do we insist that we as a people are better than what we have been through? Do we want to be heroes, like the ones that put their own lives on the line on Monday, and again in apprehending the suspects? Or do we give in to unjustified bloodlust?

As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science, California State University, Stanislaus:

I feel bad for Arab-Americans. At a time like this, when people speculate about the culpability of Arabs, I watch and read Arab-Americans striving to prove that they too are human beings, and that they too are Americans. Not that this works with bigots.

Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, co-author, with Georgetown University’s John Esposito, of Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, and nonresident senior public policy scholar at the American University of Beirut:

I pray for the day . . . when these things happen that we look at each other as Americans and assume that we are all as disgusted by these horrific acts as anyone else. I don’t want to prove that I am against the killing of an eight-year-old. That to me is outrageous.

Khaled Abou El Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law and chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program, University of California, Los Angeles:

I have not seen a significant decrease [in anti-Muslim hate crimes since 9/11]. In fact, although I have had high hopes of [sic] our 2005-2006 that things would get better, there was an increasingly widening sort of cultural gap of misunderstanding.
[Ed. note: Click here to access FBI hate crimes statistics for 1996-2011.]

Blaming the attack on “blowback”:

Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies and director of the Middle East studies program, University of San Francisco:

As we offer our thoughts/prayers to Boston bombing victims, let’s also remember the many equally innocent victims of U.S.-made bombs overseas.

And:

When people have been oppressed or dispossessed, whether it be Palestine or Kashmir or Chechnya, some people will take to desperate acts. . . . We need to keep into account that history instead of falling into ugly stereotypes about Muslims or immigrants or anything like that.

Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice and Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University:

The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world. In some respects the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink U.S. relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East. . . . America’s military prowess and the abiding confidence of its leaders in hard power diplomacy makes the United States a menace to the world and to itself. . . . We should be asking ourselves at this moment, ‘how many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?’

Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

There is a difference between justifying terrorist attacks, and understanding the role that our own government has played in causing grievances that lead to these attacks. There is a difference between explaining terrorist attacks away, and understanding that we as a country have committed actions that create resentment among millions of people in this world. We have become, and have been for a while, not a Republic but an Empire. . . . The United States’ actions abroad are a root cause of radicalization.

Mark LeVine, professor of history, University of California, Irvine:

[T]he Tsarnaev brothers can be seen as just one element of a global blowback against a world system that for centuries has produced war and violence on a massive scale. This is a system in which all of us are implicated—the bystanders at the marathon as much as the average citizen in Russia. . . . Do Americans want to admit that as a society they produce an incredible amount of violence, and that sometimes the structure of the society helps produce people like the Columbine, Newtown or Boston murderers? Do they have the time and willingness to consider the incredibly twisted path leading back to the 1940s Soviet Union and ending, at least on this occasion, at the Boston Marathon finish line?

Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University:

Upon their arrival in the United States, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar joined a Muslim community that bore the scarlet letter of terrorism. Expecting hospitality, they felt alienated and disillusioned, even with all of the opportunities and privileges available to them as citizens of this country. They opted for an act of violent nihilism, of devastation and death. It was a mutation of their religious and tribal codes. Under no circumstances is there any justification for their actions.

Clearly, the specialists cited above are using their knowledge not to clarify, but to conceal; not to explain, but to apologize. When they serve as a source of propaganda rather than elucidation, the professoriate becomes a barrier to understanding. Moreover, the insistence that bigotry is endemic to the American character only promotes the very hysteria and division they decry. In turning to such “experts” in times of crisis, the media and the public at large are ill-served and often misled.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Yes, the leftward, anti-America profs and their blame/shame of conservative America. No matter, the truth shall set them free – or not – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/26/the-death-of-

    As to the bugaboo of "Islamophobia" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/06/islamophobia-

    In effect, the real essence of Boston's jihad ties herein – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/26/us-western-wa

    Is it any wonder that reds/leftists and greens/Islamists lock arms?

    Adina Kutnicki,, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "It is forbidden to attempt to impose Islam on other people. . . . Islamic law forbids aggressive warfare."

    According to Islamic definitions. We're "aggressive" because we defy sharia and that gives them the "right" to "defend" Islam through jihad.

  • hd23

    “There is a difference between justifying terrorist attacks, and understanding the role that our own government has played in causing grievances that lead to these attacks.”

    oh yeah I’m not justifying terrorism..I’m just justifying terrorism. These are same people that flip their wigs when you call these statements what they are: treason. If you can call Jerry Falwell a traitor for his statements in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, why not these guys?

  • Michael Copeland

    When a jihadi kills infidels, as in the Boston Marathon Jihad Attack, or is arrested plotting to do so, the media go into a regulation frenzy of head-scratching to find the baffling motive. Someone suggests “Radicalisation”, and an eager hunt obligingly goes thundering off to find the source.

    Islam does not mean “Peace”: it means “Submission”. Nobody hi-jacked it. The root doctrines – the RADICAL elements – are openly homicidal against non-muslims. Command after command in the Koran instructs “Kill unbelievers wherever you find them” (9:5) until the religion, all of it, is Islam (8:39). They mandate warfare to establish Islam. No warping or twisting is needed: they say it straight. The Koran, further, is not optional: it forms part of Islamic law, and is promoted as “true from eternity to eternity” (Sam Solomon, former professor of Sharia law). Denying any verse is a capital offence (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7(7)).

    The hunt for triggers and radicalisers warping and twisting Nice Peaceful Islam is a wild goose chase away from the mosque. The ideology itself is the source. The jihadi killer has not twisted anything. He is doing exactly what it says in the book.

  • White Hunter

    To hear these lunatic liars tell it, you'd think it was mohammed, and not Jesus, who delivered The Sermon on the Mount.

    And for them to "prove" that mohammedism doesn't breed and encourage terrorism because not every single mohammedan is a suicide bomber is exactly comparable to insisting that nazism had nothing to do with the extermination of the Jews carried out by "a few misunderstanders" of the core doctrines of Hitler's message. After all, Oskar Schindler had his List even though he was a member of the Party, right?

    • defcon 4

      If the Nazi party had known about Schindler's actions, he would've been quickly made a concentration camp inmate — if not executed outright. Similarly, I remember an Egyptian journalist who wrote in support of Israel who was incarcerated. Whether or not he's still alive is anyone' s guess…

  • slickdemetrius

    Would we be hearing these weak excuses if these islamic poster boys had been responsible for Sandy Hook? Sadly, I think we would.

  • nolesboy

    The Professor Juan Cole says these are not real Muslims……Would he know the difference between what a real Muslim is and I guess a fake Muslim ? If a black person had done this crime would he have said, " This wasn' t a real Black person" This guy is so full of himself. You wonder how he has gotten to be a Professor of our children, the very teacher he professes to be. He is the criminal of our Children.

  • lanastaslem1

    No word yet if Mayor Boomberg thinks the Boston bombing was motivated by the enactment of Obamacare. As one of my students wrote, "Liberalism is the opiate of the morons."

  • 1American Thiker

    So many apologists in positions of influence. Thank goodness/your higher power/the founders for the 1st amendment so we can discuss this encroachment, Europeans are restricted in speech so they are handicapped in this fight but we are not and need to stand up to this dismissive pc nonsense while we ARE being attacked bit by bit.

  • pierce

    So now the intellectual community is blaming the Boston Bombing on RightWing Extremists.
    Those RightWing Extremist had absolutely nothing to do with the bombing, the seed was planted by those dissatisfied Leftists encouraging the unintelligent, wet behind the ears, impressionable, naive want to bees, who need to be spurred, and don't have a clue as to why and what they are doing.
    Let us get real, some one else plants the seed, so that they won't have to take the blame. There is a yellow line in the middle of their back, which stands for no courage. It is disgusting, and they are disgusting. Stand up cowards.

    • defcon 4

      NOt all of them are cowards, some of them are lying in defense of islamofascism.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    According to the Left's narrative, the 9/11 jihad attacks and subsequent so-called Islamic terrorism were the direct result of the Bush administration. By the same token, the Fort Hood Massacre, Benghazi, and the Boston Marathon Bombing are the direct result of the Obama administration.

    In reality, despite the Left's abject insanity and the stupidity of most dumb ass Republicans as well, jihad is not terrorism. Instead, it's holy fighting in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme. It's not only the highest pillar of Islam; it's also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all mainstream orthodox Muslims.

    Hence, all mainstream orthodox Muslims according to the texts and tenets of Islam are jihadists, either jihadists of the non-violent variety as in the millions of Muslims that have migrated to the West for the strategic purposes of stealth and deceptive demographic conquest and infiltration to negatively influence our governments, or violent jihadists as in AQ, The Fort Hood Jihadist, and the Boston Marathon Jihadists.

    Indeed, jihad has been pursued against infidels perpetually since shortly after Muhammad was forced to migrate to Medina in 622 AD after being expelled from Mecca. It's sole purpose is to make Islam supreme, as Islam far more than just a religion is in reality a cult and a very aggressive form of totalitarianism that masquerades as being a religion to dupe gullible infidels, like delusional leftists and dumb ass Republicans.

    What makes Islam a cult? Well the first and foremost requirement of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy. In other words, if an adherent speaks out against Islam they are guilty of blasphemy, which is a capital offense, and if an adherent attempts to leave Islam they are guilty of apostasy, which is also a capital offense. Hence, once a Muslim always a Muslim or else they are put to death!

    In other words, it's impossible for so-called "moderate Muslims" to exist. Nevertheless, thanks to gross incompetence from our politicians on both sides of the political aisle, our governments, and our news medias, they nonetheless exist in the minds of many clueless people today.

    In any event, what religions make blasphemy and apostasy capital offenses the same way ONLY Islam does? The answer is none of them because Islam is obviously a cult that masquerades as being a religion. It's also a very rabid and aggressive form of totalitarianism as well.

    Moreover, what is the will of Allah? In essence it is sharia i.e., Islamic law or Islamic jurisprudence. An adherent can't be a Muslim until he or she submits totally, completely, and unconditionally to sharia, as it is the first and foremost requirement of Islam. Hence, all Muslim immigrants that are also stealth and deceptive jihadists are sharia compliant Muslims as well. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates that per the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed.

    Any governments and all politicians that present the Islamic narrative in terms of a moderate Islam being hijacked by a radical Islam and the existence of moderate Muslims opposed to radical and extremist Muslims are either incompetent or are on the take. In reality there are only mainstream orthodox Muslims and all of them are jihadists. Furthermore, any governments and all politicians that claim so-called Muslim terrorists were somehow radicalized or self-radicalized are also either incompetent or are on the take. As Muslims fighting in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme, as opposed to various political causes as in the case with terrorism, are jihadists, either of the violent variety or the non-violent variety that pursue jihad via stealth and deception, as again fighting jihad in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme is a holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims.

    Finally, morons like Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, the Unabomber, and Timothy McVeigh are terrorists, as terrorism is always ONLY violent, usually perpetrated against innocent noncombatant victims, and for various political causes. Also, terrorists are societal outcast as they are political extremists.

    Meanwhile, all mainstream orthodox Muslims, on the other hand, are jihadists, as jihad is holy fighting in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme and involves both violent jihad, as in the 9/11 jihad attacks, and in stark contrast to terrorism, non-violent jihad via stealth and deception, as in the millions of Muslim immigrants that have migrated to the West for the strategic purpose of stealth demographic conquest. Indeed, jihad is a holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims and all mainstream orthodox Muslims are jihadists. Otherwise they are blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

    • Larry A. Singleton

      Here's a challenge I've sent to dozens of Muslims, particularly the Loons at LoonWatch:

      If Islam is the religion of peace, where in Sheikh Abdullah bin Humaid's article on jihad can I find the equivalent of “Love Thy Neighbor”? “and good will toward men”? And explain its prominence, and significance almost as an “Introduction”, in a book that's considered second only to the Koran: My Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari. Also address “jihad” as it's defined in Reliance of the Traveller and answer the same question. (Chapter O-9.0: Jihad O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.) Also compare Humaid's “jihad” and Emmet Fox' Sermon on the Mount and tell me which one best represents a spirit of Love and compassion.

      “While Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and Jews, along with several million adherents of an animistic religion, all coexisted in relative harmony, one religion that would not accept compromise stood out from the rest: Islam.” Mahatma Gandhi

      • Larry A. Singleton

        Why is it I was restricted to this length of comment while others are three times as long? I don't get it.

        Anyway here are some books on Acadamia:

        The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz
        Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer
        Indoctrination U: The Left's War Against Academic Freedom by David Horowitz

        Read The Haj by Leon Uris. And ask these questions:

        What year did the nation of Palestine come into existance?
        What were its national borders and what year did it cease to exist?
        What currency did the nation of Palestine use and why is there no history of it?
        Name one leader to the “nation of Palestine” prior to Yasser Arafat.

        • Larry A. Singleton

          Martin Kramer:
          Gaza is a place with no Israeli settlements, from which Israel has totally withdrawn to the 1967 lines, and which nonetheless has become a Hamas terror state. That’s what happens in conditions of Gazafication. So when people say that in a two-state solution, Palestinians would have a "right of return" to the West Bank and not Israel, I do not find that particularly reassuring either. Any influx of Palestinians across the Jordan poses a problem for Israel, and it is naive to dismiss it. I would like to hear how, in a two-state scenario, Gazafication of the West Bank can be prevented. I haven't heard it yet.

          Neither have I.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "That’s what happens in conditions of Gazafication. So when people say that in a two-state solution, Palestinians would have a "right of return" to the West Bank and not Israel, I do not find that particularly reassuring either."

            The PA and all of the other terror cells posing as legitimate political entities are really pursuing the 0-state solution. They intend to kill Israel and expect to be greeted by their dozens of virgins. They don't want to build any state. They want pure Islamic sovereignty and they want to die getting it.

            Try to "moderate" that.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Why is it I was restricted to this length of comment while others are three times as long? I don't get it. "

          I don't have the detailed matrix to explain it all, but it has to do with how you register and how long you've been commenting on that account. It might also have to do with your point count.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "…without a doubt those Leftist Professors are all unhinged loons and treasonous traitors and they should all be treated as such."

        Plus 100,000

      • Western Canadian

        "like to conflate jihad as being terrorism"

        This is one of the most sickeningly stupid comments that ever shows up on this board. Of course terrorism committed by jihadis is terrorism.. Of course they, and this bootlicking loon, dont like to call it that.

        But then muslim rapists don't call their raping of infidel women rape, muslim thieves and welfare leeches don't call stealing infidels good and public support theft, muslim liars don't call their lies lies, muslim hate mongers don't call their hate mongering hate mongering. They also don't call their wars of unprovoked aggression for 1400 plus years wars of aggression……

        Go back to your mosque, you pathetic jihadi liar.

        • Chezwick

          Well said. He seems to think that if we detach Islam from terrorism, we can save the world. It's the most bizarre and convoluted exercise in semantics I've ever encountered.

          • Chezwick

            Skippy, add paranoia to your list of psycho-pathologies. I have never, ever once had a private communication with 'Western Canadian'. I didn't "call" him here. I happened to notice his post above and thought I'd throw in my two cents, which is my right in a free society. Have you become an advocate of censorship?

          • Chezwick

            One other thing, Skip. If you'll remember, it was YOU who instigated our previous exchange.

      • Western Canadian

        " treasonous traitors "???
        Not only is your 'thinking" weak and pathetic, your grammar is no better… Suggest you lay off the bloody koran, and try learning English.

        • Chezwick

          And yet, he claims to be an "executive" and insists he got "straight A's" in school. It's so laughable it's entertaining.

  • Choi

    Whenever one thinks they have seen the WORST of "Professor' Juan Cole,that POS OUTDOES himself.
    How many hours per week does Juan Cole hang out in Dearbornistan?

  • Veronique

    Islam is terrorism. Read the q'ran.

  • Drakken

    It is outrageous that these Quisling traitors are teaching our children! They are subjecting them to appeasment and to just roll over and take whatever islam gives us and that we should be greatfull for it . They seem to be the rule and not the exception where the education system is concerned.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Tu., 05/07/13

    These ivory tower eggheads don't have the common sense of the average ameba. Their asinine comments are strong evidence that it's not smart to send your kid to most liberal arts colleges. After 4 years of listening to crap like these "academics" spout and being indebted for a few hundred thousand dollars, what is the net result? All together now, class: "Would you like fries with that sir/ma'am?"

    • Larry A. Singleton

      The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz
      Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer
      Indoctrination U: The Left's War Against Academic Freedom by David Horowitz

      You'll love these books. Especially Ivory Towers.

  • Jaladhi

    Aha – there is difference between Muslims and real Muslims!! What disgusting piece of lie emnatging from the mouths of these stupid college professors.

  • KLV

    In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad is known as al-Insān al-Kāmil (the perfect human) and uswa hasana (an excellent model of conduct).

    Sahih Bukhari:
    Volume 1, Book 2, Number 26: http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/hadit

    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    Allah's Apostle was asked, "What is the best deed?" He replied, "To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, "What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, "To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's Cause." The questioner again asked, "What is the next (in goodness)?" He replied, "To perform Hajj (Pilgrim age to Mecca) 'Mubrur, (which is accepted by Allah and is performed with the intention of seeking Allah's pleasure only and not to show off and without committing a sin and in accordance with the traditions of the Prophet)."

  • KLV

    In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad is known as al-Insān al-Kāmil (the perfect human) and uswa hasana (an excellent model of conduct).

    Sahih Bukhari:
    Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220: http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/hadit

    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy)…

  • KLV

    In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad is known as al-Insān al-Kāmil (the perfect human) and uswa hasana (an excellent model of conduct).

    Sahih Bukhari:
    Volume 4, Book 52, Number 269: http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/hadit

    Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah:

    The Prophet said, "War is deceit."

  • KLV

    STAGE ONE: When Muslims are outnumbered, they are to proclaim a message of peace.
    Qur'an 109:1-6 http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/quran
    AL-KAFIROON (THE DISBELIEVERS, ATHEISTS) Revealed in Mecca
    (18th Sura out of 114 Suras in Qur'an based on original Chronological Order)

    1- Say: O unbelievers!
    2- I do not serve that which you serve,
    3- Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve:
    4- Nor am I going to serve that which you serve,
    5- Nor are you going to serve Him Whom I serve:
    6- You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion.

    STAGE TWO: When Muslim numbers increase, they are permitted to engage in defensive jihad.
    Qur'an 22:39-40 http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/quran
    AL-HAJJ (THE PILGRIMAGE) Revealed in Medina
    (103rd Sura out of 114 Suras in Qur'an based on original Chronological Order)

    39- Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them;
    40- Those who have been expelled from their homes without a just cause except that they say: Our Lord is Allah. And had there not been Allah's repelling some people by others, certainly there would have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques in which Allah's name is much remembered; and surely Allah will help him who helps His cause; most surely Allah is Strong, Mighty.

    STAGE THREE: When Muslims are in the majority, they are commanded to engage in offensive jihad.
    Qur'an 9:29 http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/quran
    AL-TAWBA (REPENTANCE, DISPENSATION) Revealed in Medina
    (113th Sura out of 114 Suras in Qur'an based on original Chronological Order – Sura 9 is the Last COMPLETE Sura in the Qur'an)

    29- O you who believe! the idolaters are nothing but unclean, so they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year; and if you fear poverty then Allah will enrich you out of His grace if He please; surely Allah is Knowing Wise.

    Original chronological order of Suras is relevant due to Islamic principle of Abrogation. Two verses from the Qur'an that provide guidance on Abrogation, i.e., which verse should be used when 2 or more verses contradict each other. Essentially, the later verse is generally the one that takes priority.

    Qur'an 16:101 http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/quran
    AN-NAHL (THE BEE) Revealed in Mecca
    (70th Sura out of 114 Suras in Qur'an based on original Chronological Order)

    101-And when We change (one) communication for (another) communication, and Allah knows best what He reveals, they say: You are only a forger. Nay, most of them do not know.

    Qur'an 2:106 http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/quran
    AL-BAQARA (THE COW) Revealed in Medina
    (87th Sura out of 114 Suras in Qur'an based on original Chronological Order – 1st Sura revealed in Medina)

    106-Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?

  • KLV

    The Prophet [Muhammad] said, "War is deceit." Bukhari 4:52:269

    Taqiyya (Shia) or Muda'rat (Sunni): tactical deceit for the purposes of spreading Islam.

    Kitman: deceit by omission.

    Tawriya: deceit by ambiguity.

    Taysir: deceit through facilitation, i.e., not have to observe all the tenets of Sharia

    Darura: deceit through necessity, i.e., to engage in something Haram (forbidden)

    Muruna: the temporary suspension of Sharia in order that Muslim immigrants appear "moderate". So through the principle of Hijra (Muslim Immigration), the early Muslims are a "red herring" or a Trojan Horse. The Kafir or Kuffar (non-believers) community gets the false sense that the early immigrants are not a threat, at least until the Muslim community has gained strength.

    Al-Wara’ Wal-Bara – “requires Muslims love all other Muslims, to help Muslims against non-Muslims (this could include sheltering terrorists etc.) and to shun, oppose, hate and make jihad, including war, on non-Muslims.”

    Hudna: a temporary truce (often portrayed as “Peace” to the Kafir), which the Muslims can break at any time it is strategically advantageous. It is usually for the purposes of re-arming and regrouping (see Palestinians and Israel).

    Hijra: Muslim immigration in order to peacefully populate and gain strength in a Kafir country. Can be used in combination with Muruna.

    Following Mohammad's example, i.e., Mecca vs. Medina, the principle of when weak preach peace, when strong wage war.

    Dualist logic: when the Quran contains conflicting statements, they are both still true since they are the words of Allah. Under Western logic, if there are 2 conflicting statements, e.g., 2+2=4 and 2+2=5, only one can be true and the other is false. This dualist logic allows the faithful to use which ever verse is convenient for them to spread Islam (usually the peaceful verse repeated in English for the Kafir and the violent verse repeated in Arabic to the faithful).

    Abrogation (“Naskh”): when there are 2 conflicting statements, the "truer" statement is the later more violent statement, which takes precedence over the earlier peaceful statement in regards to the course of action a devout Muslim should take to further the spread of Islam.

    The Islamic definitions of the words "Peace", "Tolerance", "Freedom", and "Equality" are different than the West's definitions. The Islamic definitions are compatible with Jihad and Islamic intolerance.

    Even the actions that Muslims claim are against Sharia Law, i.e., Haram (Forbidden), can be acceptable, i.e., Halal (Permissible), in order to spread Islam. For example, under Sharia Law, homosexuality is Haram and homosexuals are to be killed. Yet, an Imam issued a Fatwa allowing for sodomy between 2 males in order for the suicide bomber's anus to be stretched to accommodate explosives.

    So what is Halal and what is Haram is often based on intention ("Niyya") of the actor.

  • KLV

    Muhammad would be so disappointed that he would not be considered a "real Muslim."

    Muhammad was involved in 65 acts of Jihad (Terror) in a 9 year period (after he immigrated to Medina) based on the Sira, the sacred biography of Muhammad.

    The Qur'an states 91 times that Muhammad is the ideal Muslim, which all devout Muslims are to emulate.

  • mark jacobs

    after each of the quotes the appropriate message from the koran should be added.

  • Omar

    Stephen Zunes: "Let's also remember the many equally innocent victims of U.S.-made bombs overseas."

    Stephen Zunes is clearly a Stalinist/Maoist propagandist who supports Islamist Sharia Law. Now let me say this to Zunes: "Hey, Zunes, lets also remember the many equally innocent victims of Russian and Chinese-made bombs and provoked aggression around the world. Let's also remember the victims of Russian (and formerly Soviet)/Chinese aggression that took place around the world in places like (including but not limited to) Spain (Spanish Civil War), Poland (before, during and after World War II), all of Eastern Europe except Greece (from the end of World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989), Tibet (China's forced annexation of in 1950), the Korean peninsula (which both Moscow and Beijing sought to turn all of Korea into a Communist totalitarian state in 1950 and still want to 63 years later), Egypt (under Naser, who took power by a Soviet/KGB-sponsored coup), Cuba (which both the Soviets and the Chinese financed and supported in Latin America and is currently the only totalitarian dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere today), Syria (both coups in 1963 and 1966, the latter which brought the Assad family to power and is still supported and financed by both Moscow and Beijing), Yemen (which Communist totalitarian imperialists broke that country up into two from 1967 until reunification in 1990), Peru (KGB/Castro intelligence backed a coup that put Gen. Juan Velasco to power), Libya (where the KGB put their puppet Gaddafi to power in 1969), Ethiopia (where the KGB, the Cuban and Chinese intelligence overthrew the monarchy in 1974 and replaced it with a Communist totalitarian dictatorship that behaved far worse than the antiquated monarchy it replaced), Angola (which the Castro dictatorship, supported by the KGB, felt like intervening in order to impose Communist totalitarianism in that country), Nicaragua, Grenada and Afghanistan (where the KGB/Cuban/Chinese intelligence sought to back the coups that brought the Communists to power in all three countries. The Afghanistan coup actually happened in 1978 and the subsequent Soviet invasion in 1979; while in Nicaragua, Sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega [who returned to power several years ago] initiated a totalitarian campaign against the Nicaraguan people, including engaging in discriminatory violence against the indigenous Miskito people [the violence against the Miskito people is supported by you and other leftists] as well as threatened other countries in Latin America), Zimbabwe and Suriname (Soviet-backed coups in both countries in 1980 installed despotic Communist military dictatorships in both countries), Iraq (which the Communists supported its invasion of Kuwait in 1990), Serbia (where the Communist dictator, Slobodan Milosevic ruled with an iron fist and who attempted to exterminate Bosnian Muslims [That's right, Zunes, Communists killing Muslims. Why don't you condemn that? Oh wait, that's right, you supported that because the perpetrators were Communist totalitarians like yourself] during the 1990s), Georgia (where Russia had forcefully invaded in 2008 in order to force two regions [Abkhazia and South Ossetia] that were historically Georgian territory to secede from Georgia, again in Egypt (where the Russian FSB and the Chinese intelligence [as well as the American presidency's inability to support stability] supported and financed the Muslim Brotherhood's coup against Hosni Mubarak's government in 2011) and other places. Whatever the conflict is, you denounce democratic America, while hailing both autocratic Russia and totalitarian China." Zunes clearly supports Moscow and Beijing's aggression in the world. Obviously, he doesn't care about the fact that both countries (along with the Islamist mullahs in Iran) have committed far more atrocities in the world than the Fascist regimes that ran Europe prior to World War II. Zunes clearly opposes democracy and supports totalitarianism.

  • KLV

    Sorry, I just realized I posted the wrong text for Qur'an 9:29 (in my previous post). Here is the correct text. No sure how I missed that.

    STAGE THREE: When Muslims are in the majority, they are commanded to engage in offensive jihad.
    Qur'an 9:29 http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/quran
    AL-TAWBA (REPENTANCE, DISPENSATION) Revealed in Medina
    (113th Sura out of 114 Suras in Qur'an based on original Chronological Order – Sura 9 is the Last COMPLETE Sura in the Qur'an)

    29- Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

  • CurmudgyOneJr

    Preaching to the choir. We do not NEED this kind of proof that the Muslim apologists are working overtime to deny and obfuscate. Of course they are. Why do we continue to massage ourselves with repeated observances of the same facts?

    • Defcon 4

      For the people who DON'T know and there are FAR too many of them.

  • watsa46

    They know NOTHING about "the religion of peace". They do not want to know anything about "the religion of peace"! The reason is self-evident. How can 6 Mi of Muslims be a threat? The ENEMY is everything to the right of the left. They are many more than 6Mi. Perhaps 150Mi.

    • Defcon 4

      There are a billion musimes in the world today. If even 250 million of them come to reside in the USA, it will become an islamic state through simple demographics.

      • watsa46

        This is what is going on in the EU to some extend. Especially in the Scandinavian countries!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    juan cole – Separated at Birth
    http://www.israellycool.com/2012/01/08/separated-

  • Long Ben

    Just as an aside: Since that Tamelan fella is having a hard time getting buried . Just wrap him in a tarp and chain boomer the carrion down to a flat rail car and send him C.O.D. to the High Plains of Texas, we got a place for him . After all buzzards gotta eat, same as worms. Or perhaps we could take it further south off the Caprock, in some of those gulches where the wild hogs run . Don't it fire the imagination to think of this devotee of the phrophet What his name , being excreted from various and sundry hog rectums ?

  • Donald DaCosta

    One had best not hope these college dignitaries will "come to their senses" any time soon. They're too busy commiserating among themselves, praising their "superior, enlightened, sophisticated" analysis that flies in the face of the mounting, contradictory evidence while confirming their disdain for those who vehemently and accurately expose their abject stupidity. They have their feet anchored firmly in the cement inscribed with "Islam is a religion of peace."

    This is the mark of the modern "intellectual." If it's "conventional wisdom" grounded in a common sense perspective based on the readily available, relevant, provable evidence, the opposite must be true. What they are supremely capable of doing is "proving" their case with intellectual contortions, the more convoluted, the better. The proletariat are not supposed to understand it; just shut up and accept it.

  • Mark

    J2 is an iraqi marker, far from the Mediterranean. The Original Caucasus people come from Ancient Mesopotamia. This has been linguistically confirmed. It has nothing to do with IE, hence how centum-speaking tocharians have zero j2, and are all r1a, while centum speaking greeks and italians have it from neolithic/pre-IE admixture. Genetically, Caucasus people are closer to Iranians than they are to Europeans. All of the Caucasus was considered part of asia until the 19th century, following the russian conquest. The original Mediterranean was actually inhabited by ME-type people. The Etruscans of Italy, for example, are confirmed to have genetic links to Anatolia/Turkey. Most Turks in Turkey are just Turkified Anatolians. Cypriots are hellenized eteocypriot semites. They aren’t greeks, they are genetically closest to sephardic jews and druze arabs. Even Ashkenazi Jews are more european than they are, ashkenazis are ME/Euro hybrids who cluster with other hybrids like southern italians and greeks. Southern Italians/Greeks/Albanians are actually genetically closer to Turks than they are to most Europeans. Turkey was originally inhabited by Anatolian Pisidian/Lydian/Carian and Hatti, etc. people. The Greeks invaded and colonized Anatolia and Cyprus. That’s how they become Greek-speaking and now turkish speaking. So, yes s.italians and greeks aren’t completely white (see the Dorian invasion, etc., the IE incomers mingled with the pre-IE natives), they have heavy Middle Eastern blood. People from the Caucasus are sort of similar to depigmented Middle Easterners (related to sumerians), that’s how they look similar to ME/euro hybrids in s. italy and greece. The Golden Dawn leader, for example, is not white.