Saturday, August 20, 2005

There's a man gone mad in the town tonight

Oy. U of O, my alma mater: apparently as much an employer of anti-Semitic professorial moonbats as anti-American ones. A Jewish group has filed a complaint to the University of Ottawa against one of its professors after the discovery of content on his website that blames Jews for the terrorist attacks on the United States, and claims the numbers who died at Auschwitz are exaggerated. The website, www.globalresearch.ca, also reprints articles from other writers that accuse Jews of controlling the U.S. media and masterminding the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Other postings suggest Israel, the U.S. and Britain are the real perpetrators of the recent attacks on London. The site, which is not hosted by the university, is run by Michel Chossudovsky, a controversial left-leaning economist, and came to the attention of B'nai Brith Canada after public complaints to the advocacy group and the Citizen. "The material on the site is full of wild conspiracy theories that go so far as to accuse Israel, America and Britain of being behind the recent terrorist bombings in London," said Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B'nai Brith Canada. "They echo the age-old anti-Semitic expressions that abound in the Arab world, which blame the Jews for everything from 9/11 to the more recent tsunami disaster." He does try the 'not anti-Semitic, just anti-Israel' rhetorical backflip: Mr. Chossudovsky described himself as being of Jewish descent, and said he has relatives who were Holocaust victims. "I'm the first person to withdraw any kind of hate material directed against the Jewish people." He went on to defend the reprinted articles that have also sparked complaints, saying they are legitimate commentary representing views that are "anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic." But that's not very convincing, when he apparently does teach conspiracy theories in his courses, instead of, y'know, accepted economic models. From a student review of a graduate studies course at RateMyProfessors.com: He rocks. The conspiracy theories, the personal stories about his experience observing developing countries under SAP, his passion for the subject matter... No, it's not a very technical / theoretical course, but a lot of what happens in the real world isn't easily explained by traditional models. Is it really fair to call the Global Jewish Conspiracy theory a non-traditional model? An awful lot of European cognoscenti certainly were outspokenly enthusiastic about it seventy or eighty years ago, after all...

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