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Local academic accused of anti-Israeli bias

By Big Al 14 August 2006 294

NineMSN is reporting that a local academic has earned the ire of the [allegedly] prominent Jewish MP Michael Danby .

Danby has accused two well-known academics of being one-sided over the Middle East conflict claiming that he grieves “…for the state of Middle East studies in Australia.” His spray is, in part, directed at ANU Dr Amin Saikal of the Arab and Islamic Studies program, with claims that Dr Saikal has unusual ideas about terrorism.

Apparently pointing out the bleeding obvious – that bombing entire villages in retribution for Hezbollah rocket attacks – might be a disproportionate use of force, and that although Iran’s version of government mightn’t be Westminster, it sure as hell is an improvement on a puppet dictatorship – is so way out of line that it places Dr Saikal in some form of ivory tower.

Now I’ll readily admit to having trouble telling the difference between shit and shineola – but isn’t a politician telling an academic that they have no idea about the real world stretching the bounds of credibility?

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Thumper 3:36 pm 23 Aug 06

Stop feeding the trolls….

snahon 2:54 pm 23 Aug 06

“Im not anti-israel, Im anti-war. All they’ve done by this is left themselves open to further hits in the future.”

Yep thats right cause as soon israel STOP, naturally hezbollah will hey ? Oh and of course you are right, israel should attack iran and syria because that WILL solve the problem huh ?

BTW how does one create cognitive consistency between:
1. “Im anti-war”
2. “Instead of killing the bottom of the food chain, go straight to the top, and the rest will crumble. Hit syria, hit iran”

aa ?

LurkerGal 1:46 pm 23 Aug 06

Bonfire and I only agree until I decide to breastfeed my next child.

Yay for spring!

Thumper 12:32 pm 23 Aug 06

My God. You’re right JB.

LG agreeing with bonfire, cats and dogs sleeping together?

What is the world coming to?

johnboy 12:23 pm 23 Aug 06

Yes, we’re all idiots AA, hezbollah are top blokes.

you on the other hand have united a group of people who have never agreed on anything.

maybe we need to send you to the middle east.

Thumper 12:18 pm 23 Aug 06

All you need is love….

simto 12:12 pm 23 Aug 06

How beautifully blue the sky,
The glass is rising very high,
Continue fine I hope it may,
And yet it rained but yesterday.
Tomorrow it may pour again
(I hear the country wants some rain),
Yet people say, I know not why,
That we shall have a warm July.

simto 12:08 pm 23 Aug 06

How beautifully blue the sky,
The glass is rising very high,
Continue fine I hope it may,
And yet it rained but yesterday.
Tomorrow it may pour again
(I hear the country wants some rain),
Yet people say, I know not why,
That we shall have a warm July.

aa 11:44 am 23 Aug 06

you’re all idiots. Im not anti-israel, Im anti-war. All they’ve done by this is left themselves open to further hits in the future. You want the problem to go away, get rid of the source. All this is going to do is force syria and iran to give them more money/weapons/people.

To you, hezbollah are terrorist, to 95% of the rest of the world, they’re not. So it’s not really terrorist kidnapping soldiers, it’s an army capturing POWs. If hezbollah are these criminals you say they are, do you think the 2 soldiers kidnapped are still alive? And if they are/where, by bombing lebanon, do you think they would keep them alive?

If israel was doing it for the 2 soldiers, they would know their actions isn’t going to keep the soldiers alive.

They are even complaining now about the countries they UN peace keepers are from. If they wanted peace, they wouldn’t care who comes in. If they wanted peace, they wouldn’t spend 50% of their economy on their military.

Thumper 11:09 am 23 Aug 06

Summer is always hot and dry….

Spring on the other hand, is fabulous! Bring it on….

bonfire 11:04 am 23 Aug 06

the summer of love baby.

Mr Evil 10:07 am 23 Aug 06

I just hope it doesn’t mean that we’re in for a hot and dry Summer.

Absent Diane 10:04 am 23 Aug 06

yep that spring has come early… or did winter just never come at all. not complaining about it

Thumper 10:04 am 23 Aug 06

Yep, mock cherries are in full bloom down my street.

Roll on Spring!

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