Oren's book is great, and its amazing how many new sources he got access to, how many primary actors he directly interviewed, and how well he analyzed and summarized the information he collected. An example of top notch scholarship driven by academic integrity and pursuit of truth rather than Said-style propagandizing.Originally posted by danholo
What's wrong with you?!?
He doesn't like countries that sponsor democracy, liberty and freedom of speech. He'd rather defend North Korea, like ANSWER, because they are "victims of American imperialism" (in other words: Rhetorical bull@#$%) and accuse Israel and America of all the mistakes they made but not the deliberate actions and neglect for humanity by Arab regimes or other POS countries.
What really bugs me is the intentional Soviet incitement of violence in 1967. Where did all those Soviet lies about Israel "concentrating forces in the Golan" come from? Was it intentional? A conspiracy theory? Nasser did nothing after he learned that, in fact, there were no forces amassing anywhere. I'm just exited because I'm reading this book: "Six Days of War" by Oren. It's a great peace of work. Maybe takeo should read it as well.
And what you mentioned are manifestations of the fact that there is something wrong with him, not the actual problems themselves. They do indeed demonstrate something is wrong, but they do not go into what that might be or how these wrongs contributed to such intellectual dysfunction.
I would assume its similar to all those who, from a distance, supported facism in the 30s and 40s and communism in the 30s 40s 50s and 60s. Some sort of internalized anger or feeling of of alienation, though from what I can see of the reactionary left it has much to do with feelings of belonging and wanting to impress elements of a (similarly ignorant) peer group. Or maybe its just some clinical form of dementia.