...because they and their friends know that counter-terrorism through social justice is no counter-terrorism at all.
In her Campus Watch article, Juan Cole and CAIR: Two Peas in Pod, Cinnamon Stillwell writes:
University of Michigan history professor and former president of the highly politicized Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Juan Cole is known for his boilerplate anti-Western remarks. His blog, Informed Comment, is chockfull of the stuff. This extremism may have accounted for the fact that Cole was denied tenured faculty positions at both Yale and Duke in 2006. It has certainly won him a starring role in Campus Watch's "Quote of the Month," which features more of Cole's unhinged commentary than those of perhaps any other Middle East studies academic.
Now comes word that Cole is to speak at a CAIR-Florida fundraising banquet in March, 2008. This is fitting for Cole and CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations) are two peas in a pod. Both act as apologists (and in the case of CAIR, incubators) for radical Islam and consistently paint the United States and Israel as the bad guys in the struggle therewith...
...Writing at his blog, Cole supported CAIR's claim in 2006 that the suspects in the Miami terrorism case involving a plot to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and various FBI buildings weren't really Muslims, but, rather, members of a cult that included, as he put it, just "(a little bit of) Islam." While the so-called Liberty Seven did indeed appear to be more cult-like than strictly Muslim in their religious observances, their behavior followed a pattern established by Islamic terrorists in the United States both before and after Sept. 11, 2001. What's more, Cole, in typical politically-correct fashion, chalked up their terrorist plots to "grievances and resentments of race and class inequality in the United States" and suggested that "In this case, the best counter-terrorism would be more social justice."...
...CAIR's deservedly compromised reputation is leading politicians on both sides of the aisle to distance themselves from the group in droves. One would hope Middle East studies academics would follow suit, but in the case of Cole, he is instead going out of his way to assist CAIR in their fundraising efforts.
Muslims are also distancing themselves from CAIR. According to this report:
Membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined more than 90 percent since the 2001 terrorist attacks,
The organization instead is relying on about two dozen individual donors a year to contribute the majority of the money for CAIR's budget, which reached nearly $3 million last year.
According to anti-Islamist M. Zuhdi Jasser:
the sharp decline in membership calls into question whether the organization speaks for 7 million American Muslims, as the group has claimed. "This is the untold story in the myth that CAIR represents the American Muslim population. They only represent their membership and donors," Mr. Jasser said.
Cole and CAIR, two peas in a pod...