Dear Diary

Karsh, Efraim
April 2005
New Republic;4/25/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 15, p12
Offers a look at the Weblog of Juan Cole, a professor at the University of Michigan and a leader in the Middle East Studies Association of North America, titled "Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion." Report that "Informed Comment" won the Koufax Award for best expert Weblog; View of Cole regarding the United States's effort to reconstruct Iraq; Claim that Cole suffers from Arabist misconceptions that prejudice and compromise his writing; Report that Cole believes that the West and colonialism are responsible for the problems of contemporary Arab societies; Reference to an article titled "Why We Can Blame 20th Century Imperialism For Many of Our 21st Century Problems"; Belief of Cole that the U.S. policy towards Israel inflames Muslims to violence; Discussion of anti-Semitism in Arab countries.


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