Thursday, April 06, 2006

Johns Hopkins Prof: Harvard Profs Anti-Semitic

Professor Eliot Cohen of Johns Hopkins University was not amused by a recent paper (available here via Vital Perspective) by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government professors Stephen M. Walt and John Mearsheimer, which drew the praise of white supremacist David Duke.

From the Washington Post:
Academic papers posted on a Harvard Web site don't normally attract enthusiastic praise from prominent white supremacists. But John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" has won David Duke's endorsement as "a modern Declaration of American Independence" and a vindication of the ex-Klansman's earlier work, presumably including his pathbreaking book, "Jewish Supremacism."...

Inept, even kooky academic work, then, but is it anti-Semitic? If by anti-Semitism one means obsessive and irrationally hostile beliefs about Jews; if one accuses them of disloyalty, subversion or treachery, of having occult powers and of participating in secret combinations that manipulate institutions and governments; if one systematically selects everything unfair, ugly or wrong about Jews as individuals or a group and equally systematically suppresses any exculpatory information -- why, yes, this paper is anti-Semitic.
Via Neocon Express.

Also posted at Vince Aut Morire and The Jawa Report.