Sign the Petition about Freedom of Speech on the Israel Lobby

May 1, 2006

I hope this does not overshadow the important question that I have raised in the previous post, but it is also important that I pass the word along on this one.

This is my third post on the subject of Mearsheimer & Walt’s study on the power of the Israel lobby. I posted on the subject at first because I was taken by the authors’ intellectual honesty and courage -given the subject, a rarity in the American ivory tower. Now, however, it is clear that an insidious attempt is underway aiming at character assasination and branding of the two scholars as antisemites.

The intention is clear: to teach a lesson to anyone in the future who would be naive enough to venture off the charted course.

The danger is clear too: that might very well happen, and the American academia will thread even more carefully -and one-sidedly- on this subject. And not only on this subject: this will be a slippery slope that will end only in the academia’s total subjugation to pressure groups and lobbies. (In fact, the situation is already so desperate that Prof. Cole has complained of a general neglect of the petition by academic bloggers.) That state of affairs is something that nobody can afford regardless of what side of any question you are on.

Therefore, it is important that you take about half a minute of your time to sign Prof. Cole’s petition:
“Freedom of Speech on the Israel Lobby”
For some of my fellow blogistanis, here is a summary of Mearsheimer & Walt’s study in Farsi:
سياست خارجي آمريکا زير سايه لابي های اسرائيل
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Hijood ?!

May 1, 2006

I was recently censured for saying that this thing looked “rediculous.” While I concede that I should have employed different phrasing such as: funny, silly, hilarious, or buffoonish, my position remains.

Tell me what you think.

Depending on your answers, I will do one or more of the following:
a) Pat my back and say I was right all along,
b) Concede that you have a point, but give you the reasons why I think it looks rediculous,
c) Close down this blog, change my location and I.P. address, be thankful that I wrote this blog under a pseudonym all along, and go into hiding.

No seriously, I would like to know what everybody thinks: