The Guilt of Israeli Scholars

Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, Professor of Practice at Simmons College, is the author of "Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews" (a David Horowitz Freedom Center publication) and President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.


bcAs one shocking example of how ideologically detached the professoriate of U.S. universities have become from the thought and beliefs of normal citizens, at a 2003 “peace rally” at Columbia University held to denounce America’s initiation of the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s treachery, many were stunned and mortified when Columbia anthropology professor Nicholas De Genova asserted the insidious, perverse notion that “The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military. I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus,” alluding to the 1993 ambush and slaughter of American forces in Somalia.

Opposition to the government, its military policies, the War on Terror, the Patriot Act, extrajudicial assassinations by unmanned drones—all of these, at various times and during different presidential administrations, have drawn the condemnation of great swathes of academia, precisely because, like Professor De Genova, the academy has become ideologically imbalanced. In fact, a 2003 study, “How Politically Diverse Are the Social Sciences and Humanities?,” identified the existence of highly-biased campuses where self-identified Democrats (liberals) outnumber Republicans (conservatives) at alarming rates, with “results [that] support the view that the social science and humanities faculty are pretty much a one-party system.”  The study found that the ratios between Democrats and Republicans in the different academic departments ranged from a low of 3-to-1 in Economics to a shocking 30.2-to-1 imbalance of Democrats to Republicans among Anthropology faculty, the average of the ratios being 15.1-to-1.

As the recent calls for boycotts and sanctions against Israeli universities by the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA) clearly indicate, an ideological imbalance in the professoriate has resulted in a collective antipathy toward Israel as the latest villain in the academic Left’s panoply of oppressors—this time of the victim of the moment, the Palestinians.  These alleged transgressions on the part of Israel are often further conflated with the view that the “brutal occupation” of Zionism has unleashed “crimes against humanity” through U.S. complicity, that as its proxy in the Middle East, Israel tarnishes America through its misdeeds and mirrors the U.S.’s own imperialistic, militant, and anti-Muslim impulses.

This view of the colonial oppression by the occupier, Israel, against a guiltless indigenous people, the Palestinians, is, of course, nothing new on campus. What was unique about the MLA’s and the ASA’s approach was the breathtakingly Orwellian notion that not only was the Jewish state itself guilty of the many alleged transgressions assigned to it by its libelers, but a boycott against Israeli academics was warranted because the academic establishment itself is complicit in Zionism’s excesses and a core element of the bemoaned occupation, oppression, and denial of Palestinian self-determination.

This fatuous notion, in fact, is one of the core principles of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), articulated in its “Academic Freedom or Academic Privilege: In defense of the Academic Boycott of Israel,” which suggests that “Israeli universities . . . are part and parcel of the prevailing ideology that accepts and treats the political regime in all its aspects—the military, the intelligence agencies, the government—as a benign feature of the social-political landscape.” Moreover, in the post-colonial gibberish that characterizes the language of victimhood, it is academics themselves who facilitate and perpetuate the unjust occupation, since, in the PACBI’s view, “academia is, by and large, Israel’s most effective propaganda tool to colonize people’s minds and falsely project the state as a normal country on the world stage despite its violations of international law, and its occupation, apartheid and colonialism.”

At the MLA annual conference in Chicago this month, delegates considered a resolution to call on the U.S. State Department “to contest Israel’s arbitrary denials of entry to Gaza and the West Bank by U.S. academics who have been invited to teach, confer, or do research at Palestinian universities.”  The panel discussion which addressed that issue was called, “Academic Boycotts: A Conversation about Israel and Palestine,” and included, as one of its panelists, Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the PACBI. His view is that Israeli academia not only has a moral obligation to right the wrongs in Israel, but it is a co-enabler, if not co-conspirator, in the continued occupation and oppression of Palestinians.

“For decades,” Barghouti has written, “Israeli academic institutions have been complicit in Israel’s colonial and racist policies. Funded by the government, they have consistently and organically contributed to the military-security establishment, and, therefore, to perpetuating its crimes, its abuse of Palestinian human rights and its distinct system of apartheid.” Ignoring the highly-visible contingent of Israeli academics on the far Left who ferociously denounce the same Zionism, occupation, and oppression that are Barghouti’s regular targets of attack, he nonetheless contends that academics do not merely accept Israeli policies affecting the Palestinians, their research and scholarship helps perpetuate the status quo. “Not only do most Israeli academics defend or justify their state’s colonial narrative,” Barghouti suggests, “they play a more active role in the process of oppression.”

Why an academic boycott? Because, Barghouti says, a boycott “directly targets the academy itself as one of the pillars of this oppressive order.”  And the language of the ASA resolution that led to a vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions contained the nearly identical sentiment, namely, the ASA’s decision was based on a recognition of “the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights.”

Making academics responsible for—even complicit in—the machinations of the current government, and justifying a boycott as a result—as if Israeli academics, in this instance, even have the collective power to influence and change the status of the occupation and other aspects of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict—is normally an anathematic proposition for professors, just as it would have been for the patriotic Professor De Genova if Columbia University had been boycotted for the perceived excesses of the Bush White House during the invasion of Iraq.

And besides applying a perverse double standard to Israeli academics by making them liable for the actions of their government, and punishing them for this perceived liability, the idea that universities in Israel are any more influential in shaping government policy, administering the nation’s laws, or overseeing its defense is itself a radical departure from what is ever blamed on the university and the people who comprise it.  The ASA also made central to its academic boycott the idea that Israeli universities conduct research to support Israel’s military, and that this research contributes to the continuing plight of the Palestinians. “This complicity has been extensively documented,” the ASA web site reads, “and manifests through direct research and production of military technologies,” including the “development of weapon systems used by the occupation army in committing grave violations of human rights.”

As the academic boycotters might have noticed, and should know had they not been experiencing paroxysms of self-righteous indignation towards Israel, like Israel’s universities, U.S. universities rely on, and frequently accept, billions of dollars of defense-applied contracts from the Department of Defense; specifically, between 2000 and 2006 the total number of contracts to universities rose from 5,887 to 52,667, with $46.7 billion granted to universities in 2006 alone.

In fact, many of the universities where some of the foremost defamers of Israel teach have benefitted from the largesse of the Department of Defense, and could, by the same logic being applied to Israeli universities, be condemned for facilitating and contributing to the creation of the military/industrial complex that many on the Left decry as emblematic of U.S. imperialism, colonialism, and militarism, similar to how Israel is maligned for the same offenses. Those anti-Israel American scholars, then, would find themselves boycotted, even though they obviously do not share the ideology of an imperialistic, hegemonic United States.

David Lloyd, another anti-Israel, pro-boycott speaker who spoke on the MLA panel, is a professor at UC Riverside, part of the California university system that, in 2009, received $766,179,039 in defense-related research funding. That embarrassing detail about his own university system aside, Lloyd is still content with denouncing any connection with Israeli universities and the country’s military. “By endorsing the boycott,” he wrote, “we withhold our consent from collaboration with academic institutions that are part and parcel of Israel’s ongoing occupation, furnishing its technical infrastructure and expanding onto stolen lands.” Israeli academics’ silence, for Lloyd, is consent—and complicity. “We continue to wait for Israel’s own institutions to condemn forthrightly both the occupation and the denial of academic freedom to Palestinians.”

Stanford University, as another example, which in 2011 received nearly $72 million from the Department of Defense, is home to Joel Beinin, professor of history and Middle East history.  Beinin, a self-proclaimed Marxist, is a rabid anti-Zionist who singles out Israel for criticism of its varied and frequent transgressions, all the while excusing the social and political defects of the neighboring Arab states who surround it and blaming the pathologies of the Middle East on Western imperialism and the continuing colonial impact of the U.S.’s proxy in the Levant, Israel. In fact, in those rare instances when Beinin is even willing to admit to the existence of Islamic terrorism, he is quick to find its root cause with its victims, not its perpetrators. Terrorism, Beinin has wildly suggested, is a “product of postcolonial anxieties about U.S. global supremacy, and the regional dominance of the U.S. alliance [with Israel] in the Middle East,” not, of course, the product of a jihadist impulse of barbaric madmen seeking to impose their own form of Islamic imperialism in the Middle East and into the West, as well.

Beinin’s intent, as it is for Israel-haters worldwide, is to make any defensive actions on the part of Israel seem an overreaction, regardless of how many of its citizens have been murdered or how many threats against its very existence have been proclaimed. “According to both Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon,” Beinin wrote, dismissively, “Israel is engaged in a war despite the spectacularly unequal military balance in the conflict,” as if a nation reacting to unprovoked attacks on its citizens is compelled to insure that its enemy is equally armed and that the fight will be “fair”—something only a college professor, from the comfort and safety of his Stanford office, could possibly consider.

Another Israel-loathing, anti-American academic who shares Beinin’s worldview is Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s unctuous Noam Chomsky. MIT, like Stanford, has also been very successful in attracting Department of Defense funding, $876,792,510 in 2009 alone, which has seemingly not impeded Chomsky from making his views widely known about how atrocious his country and its military are.

Chomsky, who Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz has called the “godfather” of anti-Israel thought, when he is not lecturing on the evils of American capitalism and its ruthless lust for “empire,” busies himself by blaming Israel for every problem of the Middle East’s highly dysfunctional, authoritarian regimes. If Chomsky’s vituperation against America has been a defining theme in his intellectual jihad, an obsessive, apoplectic hatred for Israel has more completely dominated his screeds and spurious scholarship.  Like other anti-Zionists in the West and in the Arab world, Chomsky does not even recognize the legitimacy of Israel, believing that its very existence was, and is, a moral transgression against an indigenous people, and that the creation of Israel was “wrong and disastrous . . . There is not now and never will be democracy in Israel.” And Israeli Jews are not solely responsible for the crimes of the Jewish state; American Jews, too, in Chomsky’s opinion, share culpability. “In the American Jewish community,” he scolded, “there is little willingness to face the fact that the Palestinian Arabs have suffered a monstrous historical injustice, whatever one may think of the competing claims. Until this is recognized, discussion of the Middle East crisis cannot even begin.”

Chomsky draws the perverse parallel between Israelis and Nazis so frequently in his writings that, to paraphrase the wry Professor Edward Alexander, he would be rendered nearly speechless if he was unable to use the epithet of Nazi against Israel in every sentence he utters. The rogue state of “Israel has tried killing, beating, gassing, mass arrests, deportation, destruction of houses, curfews and other forms of harsh collective punishment,” Chomsky wrote, and yet, even in the face of this hideous, Nazi-like behavior by Israel, “nothing has succeeded in enforcing obedience or eliciting a violent response.”

In 2011, the University of Michigan was awarded almost $15 million in defense contracts, which ought to have been upsetting to the school’s conspiracy-frenzied Juan Cole, whose regular rants in his blog, Informed Comment, take swipes at Israeli and American defense, while simultaneously excusing Arab complicity for violence or terror. In fact, according to Cole, it is the militancy of the West that causes the endemic problems in the Middle East, and makes America guilty for its moral and financial support of Israel. “When Ariel Sharon sends American-made helicopter gunships and F-16s to fire missiles into civilian residences or crowds in streets,” Cole wrote in 2004, “as he has done more than once, then he makes the United States complicit in his war crimes and makes the United States hated among friends of the Palestinians. And this aggression and disregard of Arab life on the part of the proto-fascist Israeli Right has gotten more than one American killed, including American soldiers.”  There is, of course, no mention in Cole’s fantasies about why American or Israeli soldiers would be involved in military actions in the first place, affirming the view that it is Western imperialism and oppression that disrupt and embroil the otherwise taciturn political state of the Arab world.

The run-up to the Iraq war, Cole suggested, was simply another example of the manipulation of U.S. foreign policy under the influence of the nefarious Likud, operating in a behind-the-scenes cabal within the American government. “It is an echo of the one-two punch secretly planned by the pro-Likud faction in the Department of Defense,” Cole revealed. “First, Iraq would be taken out by the United States, and then Iran . . . These pro-Likud intellectuals concluded that 9-11 would give them carte blanche to use the Pentagon as Israel’s Gurkha regiment, fighting elective wars on behalf of Tel Aviv (not wars that really needed to be fought, but wars that the Likud coalition thought it would be nice to see fought so as to increase Israel’s ability to annex land and act aggressively, especially if someone else’s boys did the dying).”

At Harvard, which annually receives some $44 million of DoD funding, Sara Roy, a researcher at the University’s Center for Middle East Studies (CMES), has been an apologist for Hamas, intent on absolving Hamas from any wrongdoing. She and Boston University professor Augustus Richard Norton co-authored an article for the Christian Science Monitor in which they conjured up the fantasy of a “New Hamas,” a now-benign political group the authors felt were deserving of recognition by Western diplomats. And in her own op-ed in the Monitor, she only started counting rockets lobbed into Israel from Gaza after, she said, Israel violated some illusory cease fire of which apparently only she and the “new” Hamas were aware. In her view, it seemingly was only Israel’s defensive reaction to the attempted murder of its citizens that prompted Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, nothing else. “Since Nov. 4,” Roy wrote, “when Israel effectively broke the truce with Hamas by attacking Gaza on a scale then unprecedented—a fact now buried with Gaza’s dead—the violence has escalated as Hamas responded by sending hundreds of rockets into Israel to kill Israeli civilians.”

Those who have criticized the decisions by the ASA and the MLA to call for academic boycotts against Israeli universities, did so, first, because academic boycotts are antithetical to the core principles upon which the university was founded. That is, suppressing the academic freedom of one country’s scholars, making it impossible for them to express their views or disseminate their scholarship, and banishing them from contact with other scholars defies what the university is supposed to stand for—among other things, an open and free exchange of ideas in an international “marketplace of ideas.” That alone is reason to reject calls for academic boycotts.

But the current accusation made against Israeli scholars—which are not, tellingly, made against any other academics from any other country—that imputes a moral responsibility on Israeli academics for the political behavior of their government is particularly baleful. In this perverse assault on academic integrity, and even good sense, a whole nation of scholars is tarred with same brush of virulent anti-Israel activism, so, as commentator Howard Jacobson put it, “All are guilty by association with the heinous ideology of their country, that is to say, guilty by simple virtue of being Israelis.”

Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, author of Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews, is president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.

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  • BigSticksWalkSoftly

    Where to start?!?
    Another Horowitz goon.?!

    What a bunch of wasted internet space.
    Crying when ‘wimpy’ academics stand up for themselves and justice.

    SHAME ON YOU!
    THIS IS BLATANT BULLYING!!

    This article reminds me of a rabid high school football coach, fighting with a player’s teachers, to let the failing student-athlete, play ball!

    Sorry, but there is more to life then football and bullying!
    Just like the student-athlete, Israel, needs some tough love!
    That is if anybody actually cares about the long term success of said student; instead of being stuck only thinking about winning the ‘big game’ this weekend!

    • Omar

      Oh, please. It is left-wing goons like you who need to know about reality. Israel is a democratic state and a historical reality, while so-called “Palestine” is an artificial invention created by the Soviet Union (which was the worst totalitarian dictatorial empire in history) in order to discredit Israel’s right to exist. If there is any country that people should boycott, they should boycott Castrogonia (a.k.a. Communist Cuba, the only totalitarian dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere), which has tried to destroy the United States on a number of occasions during the last half century. Yet, the same people who call for a boycott of Israel are the same people who want the U.S. to lift limited sanctions on the Communist totalitarian island country. Now that is messed up.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Sorry, but Israel is NOT a ‘democratic state’. ESPECIALLY in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. I’m not sure what your definition is of democracy. What are you 5 years old?
        You do realize PALESTINIANS of Jerusalem can NOT vote in national Israeli elections!!
        Some fake democracy.
        You are truly misinformed or a liar if you think of Israel as a democracy…because it’s NOT!!

        Also, your lame-brained attempt to distract from Palestinian suffering by suggesting that people should boycott Cuba is weak and racist.
        You are obviously a hater of all things PALESTINIAN! And can’t think of anything else besides ‘well why don’t they boycott so and so’…maybe because CUBA doesn’t systematically seek to destroy another people’s culture and steal their land you moron!!

        • itaintmojo

          Gaza is not occupied, and hasn’t been for 8 years. Hamas runs Gaza.

          Which country in the middle east, would you say has a more free and open Democracy that Israel?

          Can I go for a walk in Gaza wearing a star of David, safely?

          Should you choose to respond, you might attempt to keep your denigrating name-calling to a minimum. Unless your need to vent venom at those who don’t see things your way is too overwhelming.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Gaza is under siege FOOL!!

          • defcon 4

            Your damn, dumb lies might fly better in your mosque, or madrassa, or w/the dumb folk over at Daily Kos, just not here, not among informed, free men and women.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Sure thing drone face
            Don’t you have some olive trees to burn down

          • defcon 4

            Don’t forget to drink some healthy camel urine. Prophet recommended, prophet approved.

          • Lenya Biyat

            Do you wear a towel around your head ? Does it reek of months old sweat ? Is your forehead bruised from hitting the ground 5 times a day ?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Gaza is under siege by hamass and al qada TOOL!

          • defcon 4

            Do you really think a substantial portion (more probably a majority) of the islam0nazis who live in Gaza don’t support Al Qaida or Hamas? You do know that when the twin towers burned down and collapsed they were celebrating the fact in Gaza City?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Why don’t you take your sorry face their and ask people yourself instead of
            Listening to what you want to hear
            While cramping your pants and ask dear mommy to wipe your tush

          • defcon 4

            Go wank off in your mosque.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            I’m pretty sure your comrades in israel are laying siege with boats planes and brain dead foot soldiers while ca hooting with the welfare state of Egypt.

            Since when can hamas and al Qaeda become capable to enforce a siege?
            You overestimate them and your own stupidity continues to impede your analysis.
            Go back to the public school you crawled out mr goat-raper

          • itaintmojo

            I knew you would write back, and I knew you would throw insults, rather than facts. If all BDSers are as hysterical, and disrespectful, as you are, then I doubt you will succeed. Israel can do without your business, and lo and behold, we still have a bounty of customers who don’t share your hatred.

          • Lenya Biyat

            YES by the terrorist organizations, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Alqaida, etc. They have killed hundreds upon hundreds of Fakestinians ( their Arab kin) who happened not to follow their Sharia law or say negative things about Hamas.

        • Drakken

          Pssst balless wonder leftard, Israel is not in Gaza or most of the west bank you idiot, let me guess, your flunked lunch didn’t you? I’ll bet you couldn’t find Israel on a goddamn map?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            ISRAEL HAS AN ACTIVE SEIGE ON GAZA LAMETARD!!

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/103822115462747470163/posts Mia

            WalkSmall, did you get yourself banned from CNN for this attitude you display? The petty name calling and overall intolerance over differing points of view? Or perhaps how you throw around the racist charge on the fly?

            Anyhow, three days have passed and you have yet to acknowledge how all Arab nations, less Jordan, have conspired never to allow any Palestinian from the West side of the Jordan to immigrate out of the sixty (60) ghetto prisons throughout the Middle East. Surely by now you’ve educated yourself on these prisons and the concerted Arab immigration policy, yes?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            No Mia.
            You mean your not busy burning olive trees?
            CNN nor this website would censor me because its called freedom if expression.
            It’s an American ideal that you and your fascist supporters can’t comprehend.
            At least the people here and CNN are good sports.
            Unlike WND and their ‘birthers’.
            They couldn’t take the heat of good old American criticism.
            You, joe Farrah and the rest of your comrades could go back to your socialist kibbutz and stop begging the US to do your dirty work, and support your welfare experiments in israel.

          • defcon 4

            Seige? Who’s he?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Because fascist hamass is at War with Israel.

            Israel has the right to defend itself and retaliate until hamass begs the UN for a ceasefire.

            If the fascist hamass regime of gaza wants to fight, they should be willing to suffer the consequences.

          • defcon 4

            I hope you don’t think Fatah is any better than Hamas.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            I hope you don’t have choose daily between brushing your teeth and putting on deodorant.
            Oh wait your jobless and stuck on grandmas couch watching Fox News ALL day

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Hamas is actually a moderate group compared to the rest of the idiots there. Include your #1 love

        • Omar

          You are the liar, not me. First of all, Israel is a democratic state. In fact, it is the only full fledged democracy in the Middle East. Israel has an inclusive democracy. Arabs living in Israel have more rights and liberties as Israeli citizens than people living in other countries in the Middle East. The so-called “Palestinians” are an invented people created by the Soviet Union and the Communist empire, as well as its Baathist allies in the Middle East, in order to discredit Israel’s right to exist. Why do you hate everything Jewish and/or Israeli? Regarding Communist Cuba, it is currently the only totalitarian dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere. Communist Cuba is ruled by the Castro family dictatorship, which regularly abuses the human rights and liberties of its citizens. The Communist dictatorship in Havana had incarcerated the longest served black political prisoner in modern history, Eusebio Penalver, who served in the Castro dictatorship’s prisons for 28 years, from 1960 until 1988. The Castro dictatorship also mandates food rations for its citizens. Those daily food rations are smaller than the food rations that the King of Spain mandated that Cuban slaves had on a daily basis in 1842, at a time when Cuba was a Spanish colony. Besides internal repression of basic human rights, the Communist dictatorship in Cuba has an imperialist foreign policy. It is currently ruling Venezuela (whose puppet government I call the Cuban Raj) as a colonial client state through a lunatic autocrat (Nicolas Maduro) who is not even Venezuelan, but is actually Colombian, both by birth and by heritage. Communist Cuba’s main foreign policy goal is to establish a colonial empire all over the Western Hemisphere. It has tried to destroy the United States many times throughout the last half century, including attempting to destroy New York City at least twice, once with nuclear weapons. In Puerto Rico, the Castro family dictatorship has often meddled in the island territory’s internal affairs and trying to force independence on its people in order to establish a Communist totalitarian client state in Puerto Rico, despite the fact that a majority of its residents do not support independence nor Communism. In fact the majority of resident of Puerto Rico favor being a permanent part of the United States by becoming the 51st state of the American family. The Castro family dictatorship in Cuba needs to be boycotted, not democratic Israel.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Israel proper is democrat for orthodox approved Jews only.
            What are missing?
            Don’t you know how to read and use the Internet?
            Palestinians in israel can’t even marry palestinians in the occupied territories.
            East jerusalem Palestinians can’t vote in national israeli elections.
            There is an apartheid system in the West Bank
            Gaza was unilateral segregated by your jerk off friend Sharon.
            Some democracy. You must have a crackhead’s definition of democracy

          • Omar

            What are you talking about? Israel has a free democracy for everyone, regardless of characteristics. Meanwhile, so-called “Palestine” (Gaza and the West Bank) has elections that only Muslims can participate. You are a supporter of Islamist apartheid. Why don’t you condemn Communist China’s brutal military occupation of Tibet and the ongoing genocide of the Tibetan people? Why don’t you condemn the Islamist/Apartheid regime in Sudan, whose dictator is guilty of committing genocide against it’s black African Christian population (Remember Darfur?)? Quit having a double standard.

          • Lenya Biyat

            Internet ?…Is that where you get all your information ? Hmmm now we know.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Your Pal-e-SWINIANS should be able to vote in their home countries. Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Your white homeboys should take their European fascism back to their homeland in the khazars. And their mazrahi comrades could get their welfare checks from them also!
            Go sing your anti- Christian song while driving on your apartheid road and don’t forget to burn your olive trees, or harass your local goat herder

          • defcon 4

            For a muzzie to complain about apartheid is about as honest as a naz! complaining about antisemitism.

        • Lenya Biyat

          You are the total Moron to even think that the “Fakestinians” who consider themselves to be a state apart from Israel should vote in the Israeli national elections…The “Palestinians” have their own parliament and their own elections which Israeli citizens aren’t allowed to participate in. Both sides do not have dual citizenships. Are you suggesting that the Palestinians vote twice in their own elections and in the Israeli elections and for what purpose ? Its like Mexicans participating in the US elections. Are you 5 years old ? You are a truly misinformed liar.

    • StanleyT

      So okay, you disagree with the article. Well, then, how about showing us what it got wrong, where it was in error, exactly what you dispute?

      No? All you can do is rant and rave and scream and shout? Well then, why should we listen to you? You can’t even explain who is being bullied and how.

      Perhaps that’s because you are a product of just the type of education these woeful “academics” are providing to our youth.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        There’s too much crap in this article…it’s a joke!!

        The premise that Israel is singled out because of anti-semitism is false!!
        Israel is being the focus of boycotts because it gets special treatment from the US, unconditionally, and puts us AMERICANS in danger around the world! If Israel expects to be treated extra special from us, then it should be held accountable for their misbehavior!

        Also, the author suggests that boycotts should also be aimed at US universities. This doesn’t make sense! When the Montgomery bus boycotts were occurring, were people boycotting the tire and bus manufacturers?!? NO!

        Overall, the author’s argument that the growing boycott of Israeli institutions that contribute to apartheid, oppression (of the native Palestinians), and makes things more dangerous for Americans is based on Anti-Palestinian sentiment. THIS IS RACIST!!

        Finally the author states that ‘academic boycotts are antithetical to the core principles upon which the university was founded’.
        But makes no comments in regards to the suppression of academics in Palestine!
        When Americans are denied entry into Israel and Palestine, preventing them from doing their work that’s ok?!?
        The HYPOCRISY is ridiculous!!
        It seems to me that PALESTINIANS are the ones being singled out!
        Blaming the victims, and unconditionally supporting human/civil rights violations is DISGUSTING!

        • itaintmojo

          Israel is the focus of the boycott because of Jew hatred.

          Arabs in Gaza, and Rammallah are victims of their own hate, and refusal to live side by side with their legitimate Jewish neighbor state.

          Arabs refused the partition in 1947. They refused the formation of the state of Palestine, because the would not accept a Jewish neighbor. Instead they attacked, and they lost. then they attacked again, and lost again and lost more land in the process. Now Arabs are willing to accept a state of Palestine that will have less land then the state they refused in 1947. That makes them a victim of their own poor choices, and intolerance.

          Why don’t you boycott Abbass? The EU isn’t making a big fuss over the 2 billion dollars of aid intended for Arabs in Gaza and Ramallah that is unaccounted for.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            ‘Israel is the focus of the boycott because of Jew hatred’
            LIAR!!
            Israel is the focus of boycotts because of it’s extensive human/civil rights violations.

            You’re false claim of anti-semitism is weak and RACIST!!

            ‘Arabs refused the partition in 1947′
            DUUHH!!
            What self-respecting group of people would agree to give up 90% of their land and give it away to 10% of the poplation(who were mainly from somewhere else,anyways)!!!

            Your BLAME THE VICTIM mentality is based on racist ideology and unconditional support of ISRAELI ZIONIST TERRRORIST SQUATTERS!!

            What don’t you busy yourself by burning down your neighbor’s olive trees!

          • Drakken

            The fact that you came out of one of our universities is absolutely stunning in the fact that your all about feelings instead of facts.. Well unless you were special needs, and then I can completely understand.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Grow up and got a job so you can move out grandmas house. She’s tired of you brushing your teeth with her douche bag

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Islam is at War with EVERYBODY.

            Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Bahais and the wrong kind of Muslim.

            The problem for you is that you are upset that the Israelis are not the unarmed Jews of WW2.

            Deal with it.

            Meanwhile your peaceful Arabs are at war with….
            FELLOW ARABS – murdering 100,000+ in Syria.

            And they have the gall to call it the “Religion of Peace”.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            And you have a probably with good hygiene.

            I have nothing against people of the Jewish faith.
            There for you misconstrue what I say because you know you are wrong and your argument is weak.

            My criticism of israel does not make me anti Semitic
            Because
            Not all Israelis are Jewish and israel in now way represents world Jewry.
            Your assumptions are based on hasbara brainwashing.
            And your probably an islamophobic racist too.

            Grow up and stop with the charade of mooching off US tax money that you unconditionally support

          • itaintmojo

            Again, I told you the truth. You however, misquoted me. I never used anti-Semitic in anything I wrote you. not all Semites are Jewish. So I never use that term. I call Jew haters what they are…Jew haters. Its not a weak argument, seeing as so many Arabs do hate Jews, and they hated them before Israel’s rebirth.

            I blame the victim for being filled with hate. Arabs need to free themselves from their hatred towards Jews if they ever want to free themselves.to better days.

            “What self-respecting group of people would agree to give up 90% of their land and give it away to 10% of the poplation(who were mainly from somewhere else,anyways)!!!”

            Here you ignore the controlling party of the land, who were not Jewish, and the decisions they made. I refer to The British Mandate Of Palestine, and the Balfour declaration. The The Ottoman Empire fell, and the Brits took over and made clear there would be a Jewish state. The League of nations granted that intent. Self respecting or not, Arabs defied, and attacked Israel the day it was reborn. That was their own poor choice. without that poor choice, there would be a state of Palestine, as was intended, and there would be no refugees. You have yet to erase this fact of history. Till you do your narrative is a hateful one that ignores facts.

          • defcon 4

            It’s sick to see this islam0nazi has made the issue of Israel’s right to exist questionable. What’s even more sick is the number of muzzies who want Jews to move back to Israel and, in practically the same breath, call for the destruction of the state of Israel.

          • itaintmojo

            Very sick indeed on both counts. But these people have their minds poisoned by their Jew hate parents and jew hate schools, so its never going to be easy with all that brainwashing. This particular troll, is spewing off what he’s learned, and really could not counter with facts. Had to use insults instead, which is the hallmark of a poor sport, who most likely was not brought up anywhere close to well.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Israel wants to be treated like an western democracy than it should BEHAVE LIKE ONE.
            It can’t have cake and eat it too. That’s just immature and childish.
            That ‘oh it’s ok because they are in a rough neighborhood’
            Is weak and racist and is based on dehumanization(1st the Arabs, now the Palis. Next year it will be the Chinese and brazilians)

            Why would the Arabs agree to get 10% of the land when they owned 90% of it??
            What self respecting group of people would agree to such a humiliating and unfair deal.
            THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH IN LIFE
            EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE

            Thanks for your unconditional support for israeli socialist experiments
            At the expense of US lives and money
            SHAME

          • defcon 4

            It’s no wonder your islamic states are backwards, totalitarian hellholes and, as demented as it sounds, that’s exactly the way muslimes want them.

          • itaintmojo

            I always thought the expression “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” was a bogus one. What else are you supposed to do with cake? Of course you can have your cake, and you should not put it to waste. You should eat it. Perhaps the expression would have made more sense, if it had been “You can’t have your cake, and cookies too”.

            Describing suicide bombers, and Jihadist haters as a rough neighborhood is an understatement.

            There are free lunches in life for Abu Mazen…Millions of them. All paid for with the money he stole from aid money intend for Arabs in his region. You should be ashamed of your self for being on the same side as that lying thief.

            My support of israel is not unconditional. They make mistakes aplenty, and I have no issue admitting that. I doubt you have the honesty in you to admit any Arab misgivings involved here. Your comments show you to be the apologist for Jihad, and Jew hate. And if it was up to me, I would tell the US to take their 3.1 billion dollars they give to Israel, and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Kerry and Obama are friends of yours, not mine.

        • Drakken

          Here it is folks, leftist progressive thinking at its best. The only one who is disgusting is you, who openly support and defend Islamic jihad against us westerners. Bloody traitor!
          I hear Rachel Corrie is looking for company, you should go join the pali savages if you had any balls.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Lameface…
            ‘who openly support and defend Islamic jihad against us westerners’

            Your lame response is weak and offensive

            I DID NOT SAY ANYTHING SUPPORTIVE OF ISLAMIC JIHAD YOU FOOL

            I guess it is your policy to MAKE STUFF UP!
            DISGUSTING!!

            You have no right to misconstrue what I actually say

            If you have even half a brain you wouldn’t say any of your nonsense

            BTW RACHEL CORRIE’s labias were bigger than your undropped gonads will ever be!

          • Drakken

            Here I know this is an extremely difficult concept for you to understand, especially for you special needs folks, but here are those things called facts, Israel is a western ally, the palis that you support, defend and love so much are anti-western to the bloody core and they will never ever give Israel any peace unless it is the peace of the grave, are you with me so far, or do I need to slow it down further for you? The arab muslims who started the wars with the Jews, lost every war they started, so to the victors go the spoils and the goddamn arab muslims can cry about until hell freezes over, it still doesn’t change the facts on the ground. I can’t wait until those effing muzaloids have another intifada and Israel takes off the gloves and gives them a one way trip to paradise. Are you reading me so far shortbus? If Rachel Corrie was so noble and brave? How come she is so flat and dead?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            You are just bamboozled and hoodwinked.
            The israeli Zionist terrrrorist squatters(IZTS)
            Are just using you to get cash money and UN
            security council votes.

            If you don’t know this you’re a lametard.
            I guess you still think Iraq has WMDs
            And you probably believe everything else the Mossad says.

            Continue with your support for totalitarian socialist fascists that puts
            Us Americans at risk for our safety and makes us poorer, financially and morallly

          • defcon 4

            Nah, she was just stupid, really, really, stupid.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Saint Pancakes labias look good in the middle of the flag of the Islamofascist Regime of Iran.

            http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Flag_of_Iran.svg

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Saint Pancake needs company.

            Saint Flapjack?

      • itaintmojo

        He’s like all the BDSers….They say they hate Israel, and they do hate Israel, but the reason they hate Israel, is because its Jewish.
        Then they say they don’t hate Jews, only Israel, which I would find hysterical, if it wasn’t so ugly. Like when they say “There are even Jews that agree with BDS”, as if Jew hating Jews were some kind of a majority or something. This particular troll has been raised to hate Jews as have countless millions have been, and he seems like a hardened hater.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          ISRAEL DOES NOT REPRESENT WORLD JEWRY

          this is a ISRAELI ZIONIST TERRORIST SQUATTER LIE!!

          NOT all ISRAELIS are Jewish!!

          Your anti-Semitic fear mongering is based on pretend fantasy and old-fashioned LIES!!

          Go unconditionally support the commie state of Israel on someone else’s dime!
          You make Jews who truly believe in Tikkun olam look BAD and you make it hard for Americans to live in peace!!

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            You can use all the UPPERCASE you want but facts are your enemy.

            Jews were in Israel before the terrorist prophet muhammed came on the scene. In fact the terrorist muhammed waged war on the Jews – killing hundreds. So much for the claim that Jews are outsiders.

            If Israel were “commie” in your brain damaged mind, then Russia would be backing Israel – but it’s not you dumb sack of socialist SHlTler. Russia and the commies back the islamists.

            BigShumcksWhimperSoftly when they get their well deserved NAKBA.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            The zionazi claim to the land is weak and unsubstantiated.
            You and your totalitarian supporters then resort to SKY DADDY philosophy.
            AND they waste US tax money on their archeological treasure hunt. The facts are that there is very LITTLE archeological evidence of ancient Jewish culture in the holy land.

            Thanks for misrepresenting 1500 year old history.
            You must REALLY respect your elders. What are you in 1st grade?
            I don’t know what you would consider a kibbutz bit the epitome of commie/socialist people engineering.

          • defcon 4

            Strangely enough, you never make the same comment about Allah though. Funny that.

          • itaintmojo

            I never once said all Israeli’s are Jews. What I said is all BDSers hate Jews. And I’ll bet that is 99.9% true. Bargouti got his education at the University Of Tel Aviv did he not? How Ironic, and he hates to admit, I hear.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            There is no good reason why someone who believes in weak BDS crap
            to be motivated solely from being anti-Semitic.
            Your logic is flawed.
            Criticism of Israel is NOT being critical of Jewish people.
            Just like criticism of US GOV is not being critical of all
            Judeo-Christians.

            You are motivated to blindly criticize lame BDSers and unconditionally get pocket checked ( that means support and fund$) by Zionists
            Because you hate dark people. Especially the dark Muslim palestinian type.

          • itaintmojo

            Zion is uncomplicated. It is simply a home for the jewish people. Nothing more.

            Seeing as Israel is the home of the Jewish people (where other faiths are welcome though), then holding such hatred towards Israel, DOES constitute hatred of it’s Jewish nature. You can’t tell an italian you like Italians, but that Italy does not have a right to exist. They would find that offensive. Israel is a Jewish nation. You hate it, then you more than likely hate Jews. If you really want to sit there, and tell me that Bargouti and his gang don’t hate Jews (except for Jews that hate Jews) then you are not fooling me.

            I don’t hate anyone, or any color. Today is MLK day in the US. I will always remember his words. “Don’t judge a man by the color of their skin, but rather the content of their character”.

            I wish Arabs could find a way to stop hating Jews so much. I know Arabs who do not hate Jews, or don’t show it, and I love them. I love arab humor, food, and conversation. I don’t want to have walls and checkpoints, and Iron dome. But I have to. Arabs hatred of Jews left no choice. And now Israelis after years of violence and hate, are increasingly becoming hardened and moving towards the right. Do you think I am proud of the creation of radical jewish settlers? Do you think I’m excited about Naftali Bennett’s popularity growing? Well I’m not. But I understand this right wing osmosis is for a reason. The two state solution may be dead already because of this. And I fear the worst for jews and Arabs who live in and around Israel, that there is no chance of avoiding Armageddon.

          • defcon 4

            I hate all muslimes, regardless of race Ahmed.

          • defcon 4

            I’ve heard muzzies make this argument before, anyone Jewish who supports Israel isn’t a “true” Jew.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      BigSchmucksWhimperSoftly,

      No socialist deconstruction of the article?

      You would get an “A” for Ahole.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Go burn down your neighbor’s olive tree while singing your anti-Christian songs. Unless you’re too busy building an apartheid barrier!

        • itaintmojo

          Its intolerant Sharia Muslims who are murdering innocent Christians.

          The barrier was erected to deter suicide bombers. The rate of suicide bombers entering Israel has been lowered greatly due to the wall. Its much more a life saving wall, than how you and your Jew hater BDSers falsely describe it.

        • Drakken

          Maybe you should go to South Africa and actually see the paradise the blacks are making it since they took over. Please make sure you visit Joberg after sunset.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Happy Eternal Nakba!

          May all your JIhads turn into personal Nakbas!

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          The anti-islamofascist barrier works.

          Eat your heart out you dumb sack of SHlTler.

        • defcon 4

          “apartheid barrier”, nothing like repeating, rehashed islam0fascist talking points. It’s interesting how you never mention the fact that Gaza is judenrein, probably because some apartheids are completely acceptable to vermin like you.

        • Omar

          Hey, Schmuck!

          Happy Eternal Nakba!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      BigShmucksWhimperSoftly,

      You don’t like the article, then it must be GREAT.

      I see you haven’t deconstructed it.

      Just whimper and pout and cry like a good socialist.

      Speaking of good socialists, how’s hugo chavez doin’?

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Get a life loser. Your decrepit thinking is stale. Time for you to grow up and move out of your mummy’s basement. There’s a nice commie kibbutz for you to get your US taxpayer funded socialist programs to enjoy, along with the rest of your comrade squatters in occupied Palestine!

        • Habbgun

          Hey screw, you got to him. He dropped his cheap façade and went for his post methadone treatment self.

        • Drakken

          Come on you good little commi, put your money where your big mouth is and go join those poor oppressed Fakestinians, I want to see you join your hero Rachel Corrie.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Saint Pancakes parents got a framed picture of yassir arafat. That means the death of the useful idiot was not in vain.

            When Saint Pancake got her Darwin Award, the ISM issued calls for the next useful idiot.

        • iluvisrael

          there is no ‘palestine’ and the faux ‘palestinains were invented by that unshaven bag of pus, arafat – who was from cairo. put that in your sheesh and smoke it!

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          LOL! Come on comrade. You like getting your azz kicked by “counter revolutionaries”. Good. We welcome the game.

          From the River to the Sea,
          Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be.

    • Habbgun

      Actually it is the college game that is the most corrupt. Maybe you haven’t noticed that when a college coach is actually caught sodomizing a child these academics are not that put out. You would think there may have been a huge outcry but no. Maybe its because its college football that pays their salaries and they damn well know it. Israel is the perfect way for left wing white trash who like to appear to themselves as important intellectuals without doing anything more than appearing to themselves as important intellectuals. I don’t need “tough love” from garbage even if that garbage can create a phony social construct like pomo professor. Israel is a true nation and will stand up as one. You are a webtroll sucking up to an institution that America has allowed itself to believe is more important than the knowledge it is actually supposed to transmit.Colleges have become a cash cow and an end in themselves and they attract scammers and apologists like yourself.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Are you saying professors are apologetic to sexual abuse??..RIDICULOUS!!

        • Habbgun

          Not at all ridiculous. Look at the different reactions to the phony rape charge at Duke and the real rapes at Penn State. One is a call for revolution the other not a peep and no real calls among academics for reform. They’ll leave it for the NCAA when the same people think they are so important they judge other countries and everyone is supposed to listen. C’mon. The different responses have to do with their own wallets. What a fool you are tinystick to be so oblivious. Loser.

    • itaintmojo

      Why bother with us? I don’t bother with Loonwatch.com. You have BDS, and all its Jew hate Kinship for support and to feel good. So go have fun with your hate club, and don’t aggravate yourself here. I don’t expect to change your poisoned misinformed mind, and I doubt you will be getting any new members from these pages.

    • Drakken

      Let me guess, you got picked on in school a lot didn’t you? Didn’t play any sports since it was so beneath you right?

    • defcon 4

      Israel has already received “tough love” lying Hamid, in the form of 70 years of unremitting islam0fascist terrorism (just like India).

  • Omar

    The radical left has gone to far. There is no American imperialism, but there is Russian imperialism, Chinese imperialism, Cuban imperialism, Iranian imperialism, “Palestinian” (invented people) imperialism, Sudanese imperialism, Communist imperialism and Islamist imperialism. The Israelis and Jews are the real victims of “Palestinian” aggression and neo-Communist Russian/Chinese Communist/Iranian Islamist hegemonic imperialism. The victims of Communist and Islamist aggression and imperialism are: Israelis, Tibetans, Cubans, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Koreans (particularly those from the North), Vietnamese, Afghans, Zimbabweans, Sudanese (both the North and the South), Syrians, Belarussians, Georgians, Angolans and even Russian and Chinese citizens who are oppressed by the neo-Communist United Russia Party and the Chinese Communist Party, in Russia and China, respectively. The Communist American Studies Association has also demanded that the United States of America (the world’s greatest democracy) give up the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico so that the island could be taken over by the Communist totalitarians of the Cuban Empire, despite the fact that a majority of the people of Puerto Rico reject independence (which is advocated by the far-left and would lead to a Communist totalitarian dictatorship in the island). In fact, the majority of the people of Puerto Rico want their island territory to become the 51st state (a process known as statehood) of the United States of America. The radical left and its Islamist allies must be defeated at all costs.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Omar AKBAR!

    • UCSPanther

      Dead on. We have a winner.

    • BigSticksWalkSoftly

      You are a joke.

      There’s no truth in anything you say!

      ‘No American imperialism’?

      Try to tell that to native Americans, Hawaiians. Filipinos, etc. might as well include the Iraqis and Palestinians too. No American imperialism? PLEASE

      The Israelis are victims of PALESTINIAN imperialism?
      This is definitely THE most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard.

      ‘In fact, the majority of the people of Puerto Rico want their island territory to become the 51st state’
      LIAR!!
      If you know anything about Puerto Rican politics you’d know they have consistently voted to maintain the status quo: A COMMONWEALTH!

      Your trashy statements belong in a landfill!!

      • http://timothywcrane.blogspot.com/ Timothy W. Crane

        Wow, another glutton for intellectual punishment? Of course you realize that any effort here to use facts means you are a liberal smarty pants that knows too much, making you a moron. you should see http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/somali-muslim-migrants-protest-welfare-reform-in-maine/ and see how anything other than red,white, and racist will get you.

        Don’t dare tell anyone here that you cannot handle issues of complicated nature within the nuances that exist.

        You don’t get it, all you have to do is scream raghead or nigger to get your degree here.

        • Drakken

          Psst, throwing the race card doesn’t work anymore. You have cried Wolf one too many times.

        • Jensen

          Of course you should visit PJMedia, Breitbart and many others.

          While you are at visit JoeMyGod at blogspot dotcom to see how they treat religious people.

        • Jensen

          The last person as annoying as you dropped off the radar screen. They hacked the email list of Debka or had access to the list.

          Any takers betting they are sitting in a federal pen!

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Are you sitting in your mummy’s basement freeloading away?

          • defcon 4

            Are you banging your head on the floor 5 times a day?

        • itaintmojo

          If people here can’t stand Sharia butchers, it has nothing to do with what they wear,or the color of their skin. Its Sharia violence that is the scourge, not the burka. By calling out the race card where it does not apply, you are contributing to hate incitement, whether you realize it or not.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Not all Sharias are butchers
            And I’m especially offended if you think all butchers are sharia law followers

          • itaintmojo

            YOU are offended???? Wow.

            9/11, Fort hood, Boston Marathon, Kenyan mall, Officer Rigby in England in broad daylight, Nigerian farm students hacked to death in their sleep, French pastor in Syria beheaded, Coptic homes, churches, and children pillaged and destroyed…the list is too long to give you all of the Sharia crimes. But YOU are the one who is offended???? Incredible. Yes I am an admitted Sharia-phobic because of their heinous intolerance, and violence. Sharia needs reform or amending, urgently.

            There are 1.6 billion Muslims. At least 300 million practice Sharia, many the strict intolerant violent version. Pew research studies show 70% of the world’s Muslims condone Sharia. So that’s over a billion people who either advocate, or don’t mind it. What are Muslims doing to lower, and eventually eradicate Sharia violence, and intolerance? Very little. Practically nothing in fact. If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Peaceful Muslims are great people. Sharia Mullahs and their advocates, are not peaceful at all. They are butchers.

        • defcon 4

          Would that be kinda like when the muslimes of the Arab Spring were chanting: “Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya’ud” in the streets of Cairo?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Is that kind of like when the US government invaded Iraq because your average American moron like you believed the Mossad when they said ‘WMDs’ and ‘all Arabs are Muslims’.

          • defcon 4

            No WMD’s eh? Why don’t you try huffing some mustard gas w/a few of your close friends and family abdullah?

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          I never thought about it that way…thank you for that analysis.

          • defcon 4

            Said one islamic hand to the other.

      • A Z

        The imperialism I see of America was the Phillipines. That chagrins me.

        Read “Histories Greatest Lies” by William Weir

        It has good quotes

        In my opinion, these people are far superior in their intelligence and more capable of self government than the natives of Cuba, and I am familiar with both races.” Admiral Dewey

        IMO the same state of affairs should have pertained to Puerto Rico & the Phillipines as applied to Cuba. That was the Teller amendment put forth by Republican Senator Henry M. Teller.

        Republican’s President McKinley’s decision to annex the Phillipines is embarrassing.

        Mark Twain spoke vehemently against the annexation, which is hilarious and interesting seeing as how big time libs want to ban Huckleberry Finn.

        Germany was looking to annex the Phillipines. That may have weighed in McKinley’s decision. They also had been considering war with America previously over Samoa.

        Business interests, fear of European countries and other nonsense led us to do something wrong. Still in light of past history, America did not do too badly. Before WW1 there was movement underway to free the Phillipines. It is further shown that the Phillipinos fought with the Americans against the Japanese.

        • Omar

          What was the policy in Guam? How come many historians ignore Guam when pertaining to the Spanish American War?

          • A Z

            I’m sorry I do not know. I try to read the books carefully so I can recall longer even though I am no longer tested.

            I suspect it was subject to the same forces. People wanted strategic coaling bases for the navy. Commercial interests wanted land or commodities The Phillipines was wanted because it was en route to China. Plus it probably had land suitable to cultivate spices or tropical fruits. Ditto Guam.

            In hindsight I wish they would have got a trade agreement, proclaimed a Monroe doctrine for the Pacific and negotiated a SOFA with the Phillipines. That would have kept our name unsullied, kept imperial powers out and we would still have had access to trade.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Follow the money trail..

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            That’s a whole nother story

          • Omar

            I wasn’t asking you.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          Yes that was then and this is now.
          Imperialism is old and outdated. Empire building is EXPENSIVE.

          • A Z

            Nah dude we got this. If I want to listen to someone criticise the U.S. I will listen to Jerry Doyle. He coined the phrase combat to commerce.

            You are just a tired old leftists. If the U.s does something wrong and it is a 2 on a 10 scale you say it is a 10. If the Muslim or communists do something wrong on and it is a 7 you say it is a 1.

      • Omar

        Wow. You have so much of your facts wrong First of all, America is not an imperialist power. The closest action that the United States did that could be classified as “imperialism” was occupying the Philippines, and even then, it was only until 1946. In both World Wars prior to independence, the people of the Philippines fought with the Americans against their foes. Second, regarding Hawaii, are you aware that 1. In the 1890s, then-President Grover Cleveland expressed no desire to acquire Hawaii or help the businessmen there and 2. Hawaii in the early 1890s was an absolute monarchy that denied civil rights and liberties to the citizens of the then-kingdom. In 1893, the local residents decided to overthrow the monarchy and establish a republic. The businessmen simply helped the locals to overthrow the queen and establish the short-lived republic. In 1898, the republican government of Hawaii asked the U.S. government to annex the islands for eventual statehood, which came in 1959. Regarding Native Americans, why do you only focus on Native Americans in the United States? Why don’t you focus on the indigenous peoples in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean? Everyone committed some kind of misdeed against the indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere at some point in history, so quit blaming only the United States for those misdeeds, while giving all other Western Hemisphere countries a free pass. A clear example of the left-wing double standard regarding the indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere is how the Communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua treated the indigenous Miskito people in that country during its civil war in the 1980s. During the civil war in Nicaragua, the Sandinistas oppressed the Miskitos and created near genocidal conditions for that indigenous group. Yet, the left doesn’t care about the plight of the Miskitos because they don’t fit the anti-American agenda. You also fail to mention that indigenous groups in the Western Hemisphere have been engaged in conflicts with each other for centuries before Europeans came into the scene. Regarding Iraqis, you ignore how the Iraqi people suffered in their country under the Baathist dictatorship of Saddam Hussein between 1979 and 2003. You also ignore the fact that Saddam’s regime committed genocide against Iraq’s Kurdish population and that the regime perpetrated the atrocity by gassing innocent people to death with chemical weapons. In addition, you also ignore the fact that Saddam’s regime had invaded and attempted to occupy Kuwait until an international coalition, led by the United States, fought Saddam’s forces, and kicked them out of Kuwait. Regarding the so-called “Palestinians”, they are an invented people. The so-called “nationality” was created by the Soviet Union in order to discredit Israel’s right to exist. The fact is that today, Israelis (both Jews and Arabs, as well as other peoples) are being threatened by Islamists living in Gaza and the West Bank. The so-called “Palestinian” nationality promotes hatred of anyone who isn’t like them. Regarding Puerto Rico and its political status (in case you don’t know, I am part Puerto Rican), the “Commonwealth” label is false. It was created by the late politician Luis Munoz Marin (who was the island territory’s governor between 1949 and 1965) because the federal government didn’t accept the name “Free Associated State” (known as “Estado Libre Asociado” in Spanish), so the governor and his Popular Democratic Party (PDP) renamed Puerto Rico’s full name in English into “Commonwealth”. Regarding the island territory’s political status, in November 2012, Puerto Rico held a plebiscite on its political status (which took place on the same day as the general elections in the island and presidential elections in the 50 states). The plebiscite had two questions. The first question asked voters if they were satisfied with the current territory status and the second question asked voters which of the alternative options they supported (the options were statehood, standalone independence and nationhood in free association with the United States). Of those who voted in each plebiscite question, 54% voted no to continuing the current territory status on the first question and 61% voted for statehood on the second question. Furthermore, more voters picked statehood on the second question (834,000+) than the current territory status on the first question (around 828,000). The current territory status has impaired Puerto Rico politically, economically and socially, and only with statehood will the island achieve its full potential. If Puerto Ricans really favor the current status, then why are they migrating to the mainland states in large numbers at this moment? The fact remains that the people of Puerto Rico want to become the 51st state of the United States of America, the world’s greatest democracy. That is undeniable.

        • Rez

          Many Seabees received awards for digging up mass graves of Shia victims of the 1991 rebellion against Sadam. The Shia directed the operation and reburied their relatives with ceremony in the proper direction facing Mecca. When the Shia told the Seaees to stop digging they stopped.

          They never dug up and accounted for all the victims of Sadam.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          If your definition of imperialism is ‘peace, justice, and sovereignty then
          You are correct.
          But that’s not what imperialism means. Therefore you are WRONG!

          If that’s all you got to say about the israel-palestine conflict then you are weak.
          ‘So called palestinians’ automatically make you a racist and islamophobe. It’s kind of like the Kkk.
          BTW you do realize that 20% of PALESTINIANS are NOT Muslim. And the ones that are Muslim, most aren’t religious.
          Therefore, you are what I said above AND ignorant.
          I guess they go hand in hand for you.

          As for PR
          Wjat about when they voted FOR the commonwealth in 67, 93, and 98.
          Am I to suppose they all of a sudden had a major change of heart?
          PLEASE!!
          Those Puerto Ricans are bums and mooches who just wanna get a free ride.
          You think they want to be a state to help us AMericans?
          No! They just want to vote in the fed election and get more benefits.

          They had their chance for years. You think the US congress will allow PR in?
          NO WAY. Puerto Ricans lost their opportunities for statehood, and the people don’t even want/deserve US statehood.
          The Puerto Ricans who do have pride in ownership, and are skilled enough to make it on their own IN Puerto Rico are rare. Their struggle is similar to the Palestinians.
          You should learn to drop your tribal socialist mentality to understood a clearer picture.

          • Omar

            Once again, you are wrong on so many levels, since you just love being ignorant. First of all, the real imperialists in the modern world are the Communists and the Islamists,nt the West (European countries were once imperialist powers, but they gradually have abandoned imperialism since the mid-twentieth century). Second, supporting Israel does not make one “Islamophobic”, but supporting Hamas’ desire to destroy Israel and wipe out the Jews is very anti-Semitic. Third, regarding Puerto Rico, they have rejected the current territory status and voted for statehood. I already mentioned that in a two question plebiscite held in November 2012 (at the same time as the presidential election in the 50 states) out of those voters who answered each question, 54% said no to continuing the current territory status on the first question and 61% said they want statehood to replace the current status. The plebiscite results are nw part of the historical record and they cannot be diminished or dismissed by those who find them incovienient. The past three plebiscites before the 2012 one were confusing, as the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) has been trying to propose an impossible and unrealistic status proposal known as “enhanced Cmmuonwealth”. Under that option, the U.S. would be permanently bound to Puerto Rico, as the federal government would be required to provide more funding to the island, as well as continued U.S. citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico. At the same time, the island’s government would decide which federal laws apply in the island and Puerto Rico would be able to sign international treaties and enter international organizations that only sovereign nations would be able to do. The federal government (both the current and past presidencies and multiple Congresses) have repeatedly rejected enhanced Commonwealth as a viable option, since the nature of the proposed option is unconstitutional and impossible to implement in both American and world politics. It is also important to note that since the 1993 plebiscite, the current status has failed to get more than 50% of the vote and that in the 1998 plebiscite, the “None of the Above” option won the vote with 50%, mainly because the PDP managed to put that option on the ballot to protest the definition of “Commonwealth”. Contrary to your rantings, Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Not only have Puerto Ricans been American citizens since 1917, but anyone born in the island territory since 1941 are natural-born citizens of the United States. The federal government has repeatedly stated that they would support whichever viable status option a majority of voters in Puerto Rico pick, and that includes statehood. A bill onn up or down vote on statehood (HR 2000) has achieved almost 130 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. Just last week, Congress approved the Omnibus bill, which includes a section stating that the federal government would provide $2.5 million to Puerto Rico’s State Elections Commission to conduct the first federally-sanctioned status plebiscite in the island’s history. What’s more, the plebiscite is supposed to “resolve” Puerto Rico’s political status issue. Since the 2012 status plebiscite, support for statehood in Puerto Rico has been increasing in support even faster than before. It is you who needs to drop your socialist picture and understand the big picture.

          • defcon 4

            If I were Puerto Rico, I’d think becoming a part of the US of Obamastan would be the last think I’d want.

          • Omar

            Here is the thing: our corrupt president is only going to be in power for there more years. It is likely that Puerto Rico won’t become a state before Obama leaves office. The statehood movement in the island has been around since 1899, when politician Jose Celso Barbosa established the Republican Party of Puerto Rico (which is the island’s branch of the national Republican Party). The statehood movement in Puerto Rico began more than 60 years before our president was born. Regarding the so-called “Omnibus” Bill, the only reason why I supported it was because the bill contained a provision that states that the federal government would give $2.5 million to Puerto Rico’s State Elections Commission so that the SEC would conduct the first federally-sponsored plebiscite in the island’s history. According to the provision, the plebiscite would “resolve” Puerto Rico’s ultimate status. The only way to resolve the status issue is for the territory to become a state of the Union or secede and become its own sovereign country, either standalone independence or free association (free association is a certain status that there Pacific countries- the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau- have with the United States. Under this treaty, the free association countries receive certain economic aid from the federal government that is not granted to other countries. Like any bilateral treaty, free association status can be unilaterally terminated by either country. Residents of free association countries are not American citizens). The current territory status doesn’t work, as it has impaired Puerto Rico’s political, social and economic progress. Standalone independence would be a very bad idea, as most of the separatist movement is Communist and anti-American in nature. If the separatists get what they want for Puerto Rico, they would turn the island into a Communist totalitarian country allied with Communist Cuba, Chavista Venezuela and other despotic regimes around the world. Only with statehood will Puerto Rico see improvement in its political, social and economic standing. Only with statehood will Puerto Rico’s residents, who are American citizens, will be able to vote for President and Vice President of the United States, two Senators and a proportional number of House members. Statehood has been embraced by the past four Republican presidents as the best status option for Puerto Rico. Even if the island becomes a state before Obama leaves office, the current president will not be an option on the voter ballot in the next presidential election due to term limits. I truly believe that statehood for Puerto Rico will benefit the island and the USA as a while.

    • Shel_Zahav

      The alliance of the radical left with Islamists must be defeated for the sake of humanity.

  • TheVoid

    Chomsky opposes a boycott for the same reasons outlined in this article – it would be the “height of hypocrisy”, he said, for an American university to boycott an Israeli ones or universities for any other countries.

    • BigSticksWalkSoftly

      So now your a CHUMSKY lover?!?
      Your lame!!
      And a Liar!

      You don’t know the first thing about CHUMSKY…you so easily misconstrue his actions and twist them to support your pathetic side.

      OF COURSE CHUMSKY SUPPORTS THE ISRAELI BOYCOTT AND SHOWS IMMENSE SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIANS!!

      Why else would he have authored a letter to STEPHEN HAWKINGS dissuading him to participate in Israeli activities!

      A quote from his letter:

      ‘Israel systematically discriminates against the Palestinians who make up 20% of its population in ways that would be illegal in Britain”, its treatment of the people of Gaza amounts to “collective punishment”, the construction of Jewish settlements breaches the Geneva convention and “Israel places multiple roadblocks, physical, financial and legal, in the way of higher education, both for its own Palestinian citizens and those under occupation
      “.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/10/noam-chomsky-stephen-hawking-israel-boycott

      From a reputable source…

      • itaintmojo

        If you or anyone else, ask an Arab citizen of Israel to relocate to Gaza, or anywhere else in the middle east, they will all say no. If you insist they relocate, they might call the cops on you, or get stern with you. Things aren’t perfect for Arabs in israel, but Arabs are far better off there, then any mid-east country by far, and they know it full well.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Anything Israel has done to protect itself from Arab savages pales in comparison to the blood shed by Islamofascists ALL OVER THE WORLD.

        Islam is at War with Jews, Christians, Hindus, Bahais, the wrong kind of Muslim, girls who want an education, homosexuals, girls who want to date a boy their parents disapprove of, filmmakers, cartoonists, writers, journalists.

        You fail to see the global war being waged by islamofascists and their useful idiots in the fascist left.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Der Socialist Guardian reputable???

        LOL!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    A great article Dr. Cravatts.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    There was a small communist party in the 1940s that lost out to Israeli social democrats. But the left is very vocal in Israel, especially because the Jewish state joined the Western bloc, not the Soviet bloc as hoped by many.. See http://clarespark.com/2009/09/11/oil-politics-and-obamas-view-of-israeli-history/. “Oil politics and Obama’s view of Israeli history.”

    • BigSticksWalkSoftly

      What’s your point?
      You barely make any sense?
      I hope you didn’t learn to talk jibber ish in private school!

  • kilfincelt

    I am a graduate of the University of Michigan and have written to the president of the university about Juan Cole. I explained that he is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Iranian Ayatollah. Of course, nothing was done about him and I didn’t really expect anything would happen. I also explained that he knew nothing of history, particularly about the Crusades as he had once written no reason existed for the Crusades. This was a blatant lie as at that time Europe had been under attack by Muslims throughout the Mediterranean, particularly in Spain, Italy and Sicily. Most historians agree that the Crusades was a late and not a particularly strong reaction to the encroachment of the imperialistic and colonizing Muslims.

    I suspect that the rest of the professors in this article are equally in the dark about the real history of the Middle East and the true nature of Islam because the West is wrong in their eyes. Anything that stands against the West has to be right. Heaven forbid that they would act like true academics and keep an open mind on the subject of the Middle East and Israel.

    • BigSticksWalkSoftly

      ‘ Most historians agree that the Crusades was a late and not a particularly strong reaction to the encroachment of the imperialistic and colonizing Muslims’

      This is NOT true. Learn some REAL history instead of contriving BS.
      You clearly don’t know jack about the Crusader era.

      To say that AMERICAN professors are western haters is ignorant and a feable attempt to dehumanize educators.

      Just because you have no education gives you NO right to criticize experts when they speak out against injustice.

      Unless YOU support injustice, racism, and hatred!!

      • Drakken

        It is ironic that you are a current product of our re-education system, effing hilarious!!!

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          Don’t you have a socialist kibbutz to bake cupcakes for?

      • defcon 4

        You think stupidly and talk loudly.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          You drool profusely and think like a lonely stone(r)

          • defcon 4

            You suck camel urine — direct from the source.

          • Guest

            You are pathetic.

      • Shel_Zahav

        The Muslims invaded Rome twice and crucified Catholic clergy.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          Dude that was 2000 years ago.
          What’s your point.
          Did your sky daddy tell you to say that ?

          • Shel_Zahav

            I talk sense and facts, not nonsense. Here is my point: many Muslim clerics today call for the conquest of Rome. One is a Hamas parliamentarian and cleric named Yunis Al Astal. There are many, many more. Salem Abu Al-Futouh of Egypt. Ali Al-Faqir, a former minister in Jordan (who also claims Spain for Islam). Sheik Yousuf al-Qaradhawi of Egypt.

            You can continue to hide your head in the sand or wake up to the danger all around you.

      • Bob Almighty

        The Mediterranean Rim, from the Balkans to Morocco, was once a prosperous Christian civilization in the Roman style. Now look at it.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          There was NEVER a unified Christian empire that spanned the area from the Balkans to morocco.

          What’s your point?

          It’s been 80-90% Christian Europe and Muslim North Africa for a thousand years and it still has not changed

          • Albert8184

            More wrong information? Wow, you could make the world’s biggest baloney sandwich with your pseudo-knowledge, Leftist man.

      • ChrisProto

        You could not be more wrong. The Middle East was predominantly Christian until the invention of Islam. When the muslims expanded they brutally slaughtered the Christians. The Crusades were in fact a much-delayed response to the muslim invasion of the Holy Lands.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          And I guess your sky leader was NOT invented?
          Give me a break.

          The crusaders happened for a variety of reason.
          Most likely economic. They FINALLY had enough resources to travel on wild adventures. Especially at the whims of their totalitarian leaders.
          In addition, the Muslims(and the Jews they protected FROM the Christians!) in the west meditteranean weren’t weak enough, yet, to crusade/inquisition against

          FOLLOW THE MONEY! Not the religion.

          • Albert8184

            You don’t know what you’re talking about, Leftist man.

          • defcon 4

            He’s no leftist. If you’ll notice he defends/respects only one faith.

          • Albert8184

            Yeah, he’s a Leftist man. He defends the religion of dialectical materialism and constructivist logic.

          • defcon 4

            THe muslims “protected” Jews. Really? I believe a couple thousand Jews were killed in Al Andalus by muslimes in their “golden” shower age. Maimonides himself was given a unique, non-binary choice of conversion to islam, death, or exile. Or course in the 20th century there’s the Jerusalem pogrom, the Baghdad pogrom, three invasions of Israel, endless islamic terrorism against Israel and Jews. Stick it where the sun don’t shine Ahmed.

      • Albert8184

        Shut up, you Leftist pig. You wouldn’t acknowledge real history if you knew it anyway.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          So says the old and Alzheimered or young and gullible

          • Albert8184

            Yeah, you got your history out of a Cracker Jack box, Leftist man.

    • Albert8184

      THEY AREN”T IN THE DARK!!!!!

      They’re EVIL. They’re LYING! They’re MARXISTS!

      Quit calling them ignorant. It’s a cop-out.

      Gads! I’m SO sick of this refusal to face reality.

  • Drakken

    We need a complete utter purge of academia, period. We should then put the military in charge for they will at least educate our young to achieve great things, instead of the self hate and self loathing that is being pumped full of communist propaganda in these idiot kids today. Frankly, our education system is completely broken and must be crashed in order to fix it.

    • BigSticksWalkSoftly

      Good luck with that… Your dream of a totalitarian revival of SPARTA is misplaced and racist. If you can’t value higher education, then you have major issues!

      • itaintmojo

        Racist is PA officials proclaiming that when they form their Palestine, it shall be Judenrein. I’m sure you will visit.

        Meantime you can go to Saudi, or the UAB, and you won’t find a Jew there either. And when you go there and talk to folks about those “Evil Zionist, murdering land thieves, they will have lots in common with you. Their eyes will light up, as your do, when you gather with your fellow BDS buds.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          Your lying propaganda won’t fly here comrade!

          ‘Racist is PA officials proclaiming that when they form their Palestine, it shall be Judenrein.’
          THIS IS A ZIONIST LIE!!

          Get the facts straight!
          If followers of Judaism want to stay in Palestine, ABBAS has said that is fine. They will be PALESTINIAN citizens and pay their taxes accordingly!!

          NO IDF and no Israeli settlers does NOT mean JEW-free!!

          What self respecting sovereign nation allows foreign soldiers, or foreign settlers to use their resources and NOT get taxed!??

          The charades are over!!

          Your lie of Judenrein is typical ISRAELI ZIONIST TERRORRIST SQUATTER(IZTS) propaganda!!

          Your Oslo-era lies won’t fly this time around. There will be no more HOODWINKING !!

          • Drakken

            Come on there Sparky, put up or shut up, head on over to pali land and tell those mean Israeli’s a thing or two, I dare you.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            I think it’s time for you to stop mooching on your grandmas couch.
            Don’t you have a price tag to scheme?

          • defcon 4

            Stupid muzzie, tricks are for kids.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Are you 4 years old?

          • defcon 4

            How many Jews live in Gaza again? How many Jews live in Syria? How many Jews live in Iraq? How many Jews live in Egypt? Why aren’t Jews allowed in Soddy Barbaria? Stick to banging your head on the floor for allah, it’s all you’re good at.

          • itaintmojo

            http://blog.camera.org/archives/2011/08/abbas_rejects_recognizing_isra.html

            I told you the truth.
            If Abbass said otherwise at anytime, that was taqqiya on his part as a devout Muslim. No one should trust a man who builds his Swiss bank account off aid money intended for his people. Radical Islam persecutes everyone who does not follow their ideology. This is proven in Egypt, as their are no more Jews left there to kill,, bludgeon, and eliminate, so they foment their hatred towards the Coptic Christians instead.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            I’m supposed to believe CAMERA. You do realize they are an Israeli propaganda company?
            ‘CAMERA is ready to exempt itself from the demands for accuracy that it aims at the media’
            I wouldn’t believe anything they say about Palestinian people,
            Just like how I would be critical of what a Palestinian daily mewspaper says about
            Israeli squatters/settlers

            It’s not rocket science. All you have to do is use that public school education of yours

          • itaintmojo

            Discredit, dismiss, and denigrate all you like. Abbass can never officially recognize and respect the existence of a Jewish state neighbor, without suffering the same fate as Sadat, whose assassination was carried out by Sharia advocates. Abbass knows full well, if he ever signs a deal he will be a marked man immediately. Anyone who does not understand that Abbass is another Arab who wants Israel eradicated, is a liar, or an extremely naive Lo-Fo.

          • Habbgun

            You are rather entertaining. You would be foaming at the mouth and spitting on your keyboard if you weren’t so dry mouthed from your anti-psychotic drugs.

            How much inbreeding does it actually take to create someone as mentally ill as you are? Should we be blaming inbreeding or did you just win the unfortunate lottery. You do realize this is the crap that wackos with the DT’s yell in subway stations and people of all races walk by shaking their heads (including Arabs who know mental sickness when they see it as much as the next guy).

            You don’t think i know what this is about but I do. You are afraid of the psychiatrist with the Jewish last name and you think that he wants to hurt you because you once read a magazine article about the middle east. He doesn’t. He doesn’t even know that article even exists. He is a nice man and he wants to help.

      • Drakken

        Ah yes, the last refuge of a leftist progressive, the throw down of the race card. My advice is to take that funky race card and shove it where the sun don’t shine shortbus, because that dog don’t hunt anymore.

  • Shel_Zahav

    Poor children who are subject to the social science malarkey. They leave university with a degree and no education.

  • Albert8184

    It’s time for the trash to be taken out in the American education system. Otherwise, we’re committing suicide and dooming the world to a “Progressive” Dark Age. All of the past 100 years will have been a waste of time fighting these evil people.

  • RESIST

    In the United States, the Export Administration Act discourages, and in some circumstances, prohibits U.S. companies and individuals from furthering or supporting the boycott of Israel.

    The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for penalties are imposed for each “knowing” violation with fines of up to $50,000 or five times the value of the exports involved, whichever is greater, and imprisonment of up to five years.

    The Academic Boycott is not subject to the EAA and BIS.

  • JVR

    Of course, this seems hard to remember, but SAcan academics were similarly sanctioned in the 1980s.

  • itaintmojo

    I think you directed this post at me, but meant it for someone else?

    All Islamic states that advocate Sharia persecute against all non Muslims.

    All Islamic states that adhere to the strictest form of Sharia enforce Blasphemy, and heresy laws.

    Sharia Islam is intolerant, backwards, cruel to the extreme, and in desperate need of reform. Until secular/peaceful Muslims fix this, (or at least make an effort to fix this) they should consider themselves part of the problem, for condoning these butchers using the name of their religion to carry out their hateful crimes.

    • defcon 4

      All muslime states today ban any criticism of islam or its holey prophet. That includes Indonesia and Turkey. For some the punishment is death, for others life imprisonment.