Controversial FOX News Mideast Pundit Walid Phares Speaking at FAU

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Asked if he supports Phares' thinking on the Mideast and Islam, Rabil replied, "I tell my students to never follow one line of thought. I don't endorse anything [Phares] says."

Rabil, who has co-authored several papers with Phares, took a much different tack when Phares was under attack during the Romney campaign. At that time Rabil wrote that the charges against Phares constituted:

an attack on Lebanon's Christian community as a whole, and perhaps against all minorities and liberal Muslims in the Middle East. They explicitly attacked Dr. Phares on the misleading basis of guilt by association without even considering either the political context in which the Lebanese Christians operated or the collective angst of the Christian community.

Phares has a well-oiled publicity machine at his disposal, but his vaunted predictive powers are non-existent (see what he said would happen after the U.S. exited Iraq) and his policy prescriptions are a lot of empty blather about winning the "war of ideas."

We expected a similarly critical comment from Professor Eric Hanne, faculty advisor to the FAU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. In an email, though, he wrote:

As I've not read the book, or kept up with Phares' work (being a medievalist myself), I wouldn't be able to add anything substantial to the conversation regarding his discussion of the Arab Spring or US Foreign policy.

Having followed the coverage of the Arab Spring from its inception, and having read a number of pieces from a variety of scholars, I would say that the "jury is still out" regarding an assessment of the "Arab Spring." There is much more at work here, going beyond the confines of the Arab world (a problematic monolithic term in and of itself) and it would be premature to make predictions or judgements.

Asked if Phares' controversial history was problematic or likely to color his message and analysis, Hanne wrote back:

I wouldn't presume to prejudge his upcoming talk; his career has tied him to particular mindsets (Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Romney campaign) in which there are very clear parameters for discussion and analysis, but where he stands is still a mystery to me (as someone who looks elsewhere than the FDD, Romney crowd for analysis).

Dr. Walid Phares
Arab Revolutions and American Foreign Policy: The Lost Spring
Monday, March 17
6:30 p.m.
FAU Boca Raton campus
Social Science Bldg. (SO), 250

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moosemyfrnds

What does Islam and Radical Islam have in common? 

1. they share the same mosque. 

2. they share the same Iman. 

3. they share the same Quran. 

4. everything is based on their religious beliefs. 

5. they seek to control. 

6.The people of Islam dont condemn what the people of Radical Islam do or vice versa. 

7. Islam and Radical Islam are racist. 

8. Islam and Radical Islam dislike Jews. 

9. The Iman get richer from both Islam and Radical Islam. 

10. Their mosque are used as sleeping quarters for both Islam and Radical Islam and they don’t pay any Lodging Taxes that Motel/Hotels are required to pay. 

11. They share the same God, Allah. 

12. Islam and Radical Islam commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide.

13. The more Islam and Radical Islam grows, so does the display of the Swastika and in Hate Material.

14. Islam and Radical Islam love Allah and there is no room for the love of their spouse, children, family members or friends.

15. 1,570,000,000 (Muslims population) x .10 (10% are terrorist) = 157,000,000 Muslims terrorist


moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

The Islamic attack on 9/11 killed over 3,000 American. We though this was over. Then Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s went on a Islamic  rampage and shot our Troops in the back. Then the attack in Benghazi, killing 4 Americans there to help. Americans were shocked  again, but the Boston Bombing attack killed more Americans. March 2014 Sami Osmakac, an  Albanian from Kosovo, planned on blowing up the bridges crossing Tampa Bay or detonating bombs at the sheriff’s office and police departments before settling on a plan to plant explosives in Tampa’s Hyde Park party district and then spraying first responders with automatic gunfire, according to recently released court documents. The planned January 2012 attack, Osmakac said in a “martyrdom video,” would be “payback for Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, may he rest in peace. ” Leaving Real Americans to confirm that you cannot trust any Muslims. 

moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

Islamic carnage millions of humans so far and it continues.

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