Princeton Professor Richard Falk, a "9/11 truther," UN Council member, and anti-Semite, writes that the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks can be attributed to America's "Fantasy of Global Domination." It is sadly not surprising that a conspiracy theorist like Falk has achieved such prominent appointments in his life. After all, he attended all the right schools.
In Foreign Policy Journal (click on story to view), Falk compares 9/11 (clearly an obsession of Falk's) to the Boston Bombing. He writes in lovely academic prose about the "belligerent leader" Bibi Netanyahu (Mitt Romney is also "belligerent"), the eeevil "neo-con" George W. Bush, who used the September 11th attack as a "pretext" for war, and pointed fingers at "a vengeful public after the 9/11 attacks that also embraced Islamophobic falsehoods." He does not specify what the "falsehoods" are, but it is not a stretch to think that Falk believes that radical Islam is really America's fault. In fact, the United States, he says, is "a menace to the world and to itself." Is it any wonder, with professors such as Falk, that university students are churned out with radical Anti-American views? Is it any wonder, with the tolerance of hatred for Israel, that anti-Semitism is on the rise or that of Religion-Based Crimes, the vast majority are Anti-Jewish?
President Obama does not escape Falk's rant, as Obama, he says, has "succumbed" to the "Beltway ethos of Israel First." Obama, Falk laments, "is virtually abandoning the international agenda except to manage crisis diplomacy in ways that do not disturb the global status quo or weaken America's global reach." Falk echoes the hand-wringing of many on the radical left, when he mourned that Obama's recent trip to Israel served only as a "love letter," to Israelis, and "...was a disappointment even to those of us with low expectations in what the White House is willing to overcome the prolonged ordeal of the Palestinian people." In regard to the response after the Boston Marathon Bombings, Falk declared that it was a "somewhat hysterical Boston dragnet."
As far as the talking point about George Bush, Falk has a short memory, as well before George Bush came into office, numerous elected officials were lamenting about Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction. Some selected quotes:
- "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
- President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
- "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
Letter to President Clinton.
- (D) Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, others, Oct. 9, 1998
- "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
Just as a further reminder, many prominent democrats voted to go to war after Saddam Hussein refused to allow weapons inspectors access to his arsenal, like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Harry Reid, to name some.
Falk continues to say that America should be "meditating on W.H. Auden's haunting line: 'Those to whom evil is done/do evil in return,'" insinuating that it is America's fault for her eeevil ways for and should "rethink US relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East." America should, "in some ways," consider herself lucky, he says, as she has "been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks." The good professor ends his anti-American rant with,
- "We should be asking ourselves at this moment, 'How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?'"
Richard Falk has taught at Princeton for forty years. Perhaps students should ask for a refund.
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