Academia Indicts America for Orlando Terrorist Attack

Following Omar Mateen's massacre of forty-nine people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, professors of Middle East studies reacted predictably by blaming guns, American homophobia, Christians, Deep South bigotry – anything but Islamic terrorism.  Never mind that Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS, depicted himself as an Islamic soldier during the attack, had taken two trips to Saudi Arabia, and was interviewed three times by the FBI in connection with terrorism.  Excuses must be made, willful ignorance enforced, and the American public bamboozled. Immediately after the attack, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole announced, "I don't think it probably was terrorism in any useful sense of the term."  His reasoning?  Mateen didn't "make demands about U.S. government policy," and hitting soft targets is "not a form of classical strategic terrorism."  The victims of terrorist attacks – many...(Read Full Article)