University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole has long taken radical, public positions on the ongoing struggle in the Middle East.
He has a relationship with the so-called "Middle East Forum," which runs the McCarthyite "Campus Watch," and which was part of a scheme to have me cyber-stalked and massively spammed.
Nothing new here:
Cole's accusations against Campus Watch fit his pattern of responding to criticism by engaging in conspiracy-theory-mongering and ad hominem attacks. To explain his failure in 2006 to land a chair at Yale University, he blamed a "concerted press campaign by neoconservatives," who used Cole's frequently intemperate writings on his blog, Informed Comment, to paint him as a radical.
As for the clinker, as shown by David White in his article "Juan Cole and Yale": The university's verdict was "based on an assessment of Cole's scholarly work … deemed insufficient."
Would there were more such honest and responsible calls.