Tag Archives: Terrorism

Liberal Intellectual Hogwash

2 May

There is apparently something about a Terrorist attack that impels Liberal Intellectual Academics to exercise their moral superiority. After 9/11/2001 Ward Churchill opined that the people who had died in the Twin Towers were “Little Eichmanns”. This produced enough sustained outrage that Churchill’s academic record was closely examined and he was ultimately terminated for academic behavior that would have disgraced a Big Ten quarterback, much less a Professor. One might think that such a high profile object lesson would discourage similar impolitic outbursts from academia in future. But one would be wrong.

Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton, and panjandrum of the U.N. Human Rights Council, is on record as thinking that the people who died in the Boston Marathon attacks “deserved it”. I am glad that my late Father, a Princeton alumnus and an Academic (though not Liberal), passed before this fool could come to his attention; I believe that dying of apoplexy is both painful and embarrassing.

In addition to his ‘thoughts’ on the Boston attack, Falk is a public embarrassment regarding 9/11. He is what is known as a “Truther”; that is to say, he believes that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by the Bush administration. For absolute imbecility, the “Truther” narratives are on a par with the people who think FDR orchestrated Pearl Harbor, or that the military is hiding a fully functioning flying saucer in Area 51. I suppose that it is theoretically possible to assemble a “Truther” narrative that doesn’t fall apart the minute it is exposed to critical thought, but I have never read one.

It is, of course, too much to hope that Princeton will terminate Falk over his remarks. Princeton is a hotbed of Liberal Academic ‘Thought’, and is probably proud of the pillock. But I think it might pay somebody with a distaste for Academic Idiocy to examine Falk’s scholarship and academic behavior. There may be nothing to find. Noam Chomsky’s scholarship is said to be above reproach, though how his expertise in Linguistics qualifies him to comment on Politics is beyond me. But Falk’s support of the “Truther” narrative shows that he is quite prepared to manufacture ‘facts’ to support his politics. It might pay to see if he has done so elsewhere. Falk may be above reproach, but Ward Churchill certainly wasn’t.

Let somebody shake Falk’s scholastic tree, and see what falls out.

Saudi Arabia

28 Mar

I still hear, from time to time, people who think – or claim to think – that we should have attacked Saudi Arabia instead of Iraq. I thought about dealing with this issue in my The Iraq War post, but decided that it didn’t really fit, and that I would deal with it separately.

Yes, a lot of Terrorists come out of Saudi Arabia. No, the Saudi government isn’t really our ally. Nevertheless, we don’t want to get into a war with Saudi Arabia for one very simple reason. If we fight Saudi Arabia we will win, and if we win a fight with the Saudis then Mecca and Medina will be our problems.

*shudder*

The Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that every devout Muslim is supposed to make at least once if he can afford to, has to be the biggest annually recurring administrative headache in the world. Now add to that concern the reaction of Islāmic fanatics if we were in control of two of their three Holy Cities. I would rather try to rule Ireland.

This is, in a sense, my core concern with the War on Terrorism; that we not end up responsible for large tracts of intractable Islāmic territory. I don’t want us running the world, or large parts thereof. We would be bad at it, and unhappy doing it. Further, trying would change us in ways that would not be good. And, truth be told, we don’t need to track down the actual 9/11 planners and punish them; their type wouldn’t learn anything from that and will always want to attack people who don’t share their peculiar worldview. We need to persuade the nations that those vermin hide in that it is in their interest to police their own. Invading Saudi Arabia is a measure of absolutely last resort. Nobody would learn anything useful from the exercise because everyone would be focused on Mecca.