John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s anti-Israel conspiracy theories have inspired praise and support from the usual suspects..
David Duke says:
“It is quite satisfying to see a body in the premier American university essentially come out and validate every major point I have been making since even before the war even started.”
Juan Cole has started a petition drive to defend Mearsheimer and Walt:
I’ve started a petition drive for college and university teachers to defend John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt from baseless charges of anti-Semitism. I apologize for limiting the petition base this way, but others are welcome to create other petitions that anyone can sign. I feel it is time for teachers in higher education to stand up and be counted on this issue of the chilling of academic inquiry through character assassination. At a time when the use of congressional funding to universities to limit and shape curricula and research is openly advocated, all of us academics are on the line. And if scholars so eminent as Mearsheimer and Walt can be cavalierly smeared, then what would happen to others?
Noam Chomsky has criticized the article for not being sufficiently anti-American
Robert Fisk, like Duke and Cole, basically praises Mearsheimer and Walt for validating every major point he’s made since before the Iraq war started.
We’ve all heard the words before, but according to David T. at Harry’s Place, the interesting part is the illustration accompanying Fisk’s article:
What makes this one notable, however, is that the Independent has chosen to present Fisk’s argument in an even more, erm, forthright manner than Fisk himself. What Fisk merely insinuates, the Independent makes crystal clear.
They’ve entitled their piece “A United States of Israel?”, and illustrated it with a picture of the Stars and Stripes, in which the stars have been replaced by jewish stars of David.
It is reminiscent of the “Kosher Conspiracy?” illustration in the New Statesman – which featured a star of David impaling the Union Jack – a few years ago.
In both cases, the headline used a question mark: as if to imply that nobody should mistake this for racist propaganising, because the publications were only asking the question, you know…-
There are more variations on the “Kosher Conspiracy” theme at Harry’s Place, ending with the most usual of all suspects, the Nazis.
In the old days, that kind of thing used to be a violation of Godwin’s Law. That was before the moronic convergence started Godwinning themselves.