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February 8, 2005

Juan Cole and Jonah Goldberg - "By Your Enemies"

Topics: War on Terror

From Democracy Project we have this enjoyable post about the Jonah Goldberg and Juan Cole  ongoing debate. Why Juan Cole is teaching at an American University (Prof. History, Univ. of Mich.) instead of a Russian university in Moscow confounds me. If anything, he is at the very least consistant, as in consistantly anti-American, anti-semitic, and quite pro-Islamization of the west.

If you haven't been following the online argument between Jonah Goldberg and Juan Cole, you might want to take a bit of it in just for the pure enjoyment of seeing an arrogant snob like Cole taken down by a "mere" journalist -- and one with a couple of decades less tread wear, at that.

Jonah started the fray with a single paragraph at the conclusion of this post from Feb. 4. Cole responded with an invective-laced, intellectually incoherent post the following day. Here's the first paragraph:

I think it is time to be frank about some things. Jonah Goldberg knows absolutely nothing about Iraq. I wonder if he has even ever read a single book on Iraq, much less written one. He knows no Arabic. He has never lived in an Arab country. He can't read Iraqi newspapers or those of Iraq's neighbors. He knows nothing whatsoever about Shiite Islam, the branch of the religion to which a majority of Iraqis adheres. Why should we pretend that Jonah Goldberg's opinion on the significance and nature of the elections in Iraq last Sunday matters? It does not.

That link in Jonah's name is original to Cole's post. Follow it, and you'll find yourself at, a web site run by one Justin Raimondo. Back in January of '04, I wrote of

You'll understand's take a little better if you know that on January 16 one of its contributors, Randal Todd Royer, who wrote under the name Ismail Royer, pleaded guilty to federal weapons and explosives charges in a courtroom in Alexandria, Va. Royer was described by the Washington Post as a "key member of an alleged Virginia jihad network" that learned military tactics using paintball guns. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges that Royer conspired to "provide material support to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization and to his Taliban protectors in Afghanistan," according to the Post.

Juan Cole is a contributor to, along with the likes of one Christopher Deliso, whose latest post contains headlines that seem to come from Pravda: "'The Forces of Freedom' vs. 10 Million Martyrs"; "The Great Purge and the Satisfaction of Imperial Blood Lust"; and "The Bush Achievement: A Terrorist Free-for-All, Forever." I didn't know people still wrote like that.   Continue reading...

Posted by Hyscience at February 8, 2005 10:47 PM

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