Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Andrew McCarthy Exposes Middle East Studies in US Universities
Former federal prosecutor and expert on radical Islam, Andrew McCarthy, has an excellent article in National Review in which he describes the Middle East Studies departments in our universities.
It should be noted that many of these departments were created with funding from Saudi Arabia. They tend to be staffed with left-leaning Arab chauvinists, That helps explain why they are hotbeds of anti-Israel and anti-Western thought. In their world, nothing is ever the fault of the Arabs. Yes, they will criticize the Arab dictatorships in the region, yet they will shift blame to the West. It is because after World War I, Britain and France drew the lines of newly created states out of the defeated Ottoman Empire (Turkey). It is the fault of the creation of Israel. It is the fault of America for supporting Israel. And so it goes.
We need to take a close look at these departments and replace them with real scholars who will further the study of the Middle East absent the above agenda. Maybe somebody could institute a class on how Islam has caused the Middle East (exception Israel) to fall so far behind the rest of the world.