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Monday, August 3, 2009

What Do Juan Cole and "Death to America" Have In Common?

Until June 2009, when Iranians took to the streets to protest corrupt elections, I had not heard of Juan Cole, blogger and Professor of History. But for those weeks, Juan Cole was all that, bringing his expertise and connections to bear better than most bloggers.

But times have changed, and Juan Cole has faded, until now. How better to get attention than with a post at Salon.com titled Sarah Palin, meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the sub-title: "You two right-wing populists have a surprising amount in common." Now that got attention.

There's one other piece of Juan Cole history I wish had received more attention. His appearance last March on the The Colbert Report in which Juan Cole argued that people who chant "Death to America" were misunderstood, and that the misunderstanding was our fault (video below, at 3:08):
Cole: Even the ones who are chanting "Death to America," if you get them to the side, they say well you know "could you get me a visa. I'd really like to visit Disneyland."

Colbert: So you say, they're chanting "Death to America" in the streets, but we're being hasty in our judgment of them.

Cole: Yes were are.

Colbert: It's really our fault here.

Cole: Yes."
So Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marches in the streets chanting Death to America. Juan Cole says we misunderstand him and it's all our fault. Now remind me, what does Sarah Palin have to do with this?

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  1. Sarah Palin has this to do with it: "Read my article, please. Give me publicity, please. I'm a half-baked writer with an opinion, please someone pay attention to me. I'm important! Oh yeah, Sara Palin and Bigfoot have a love child in Russia. Read my articles! I'm credible!"


  2. http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/03/19/iraq_five/

    Cole is a famous Bush hater and serial Iraq liar. No wonder he's be-clowning himself with this Palin weirdness.

    Other than that...

  3. Unreal (shaking head ...).

    Great posting, William.

  4. Sarah Palin is a demagouge just like Ahamdenijad -who distorts the facts to her own purposes.