Juan Cole


Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World, discusses the attack in Lahore, Pakistan against the Ahmadiyya religious minority, the propagation of conspiracy theories by the Pakistani government, Muqtada al-Sadr’s extensive community organization apparatus in Iraq and the blurred legal authority governing overlapping US civilian, CIA and military operations.

MP3 here. (27:35)

Juan Cole is the author of Engaging the Muslim World. He is a Professor of History at the University of Michigan and writes the “Informed Comment” blog at Juancole.com.

11 thoughts on “Juan Cole”

  1. A strange listening experience. Like a mildly mannered imperialist, where all illegalities and gruesome actions are just a matter of the natural order of the world, not to be avoided but accepted with a brush of Weltschmerz, and some ten years of continued occupation is fine with him. That 78 % of Iraqis wants the US forces OUT, is of course not a matter for them to decide, but one for the rulers. Perhaps mr. Cole sees his own profession becoming meaningful WITH ongoing imperialism, just that it ought to be more mild.

    1. well said. Cole's version of imperialism lite is, in the end, not light. The hallmark of liberalism is dark things said in a very reasonable voice.

  2. It's not Ka-razy for them to be paranoid about the US or Black water. They might be wrong, but it's not crazy. It's a reasonable with all the terrible actual things that really have happened. And it's not a conspiracy theory, it's just a theory, no group had to get together and create this, it's just a common position by the public given what they know. Because blackwater has been caught blowing things up covertly. The US has staged raids purely for media. The US does attack weddings with drones and as Scott says they have to fight the tali in Pakistan but attack them in Afghanistan.

    The US could easily burn the opium, and pay off the farmers, cut the money to the taliban, and be done with it. And whatever happened to looking for Bin Laden or will they admit he died in December 6 years ago. But the US allows the opium to continue to help pay the taliban, and then pays the Pakis, its perpetual war for perpetual profit.

    And there is no such thing as permanent bases? Why because you're an army brat and you just declared that? what the hell Juan? We still have bases left over for WWII and making new ones.

  3. 24:40 -25:05 Juan contradicts himself form when he earlier thought the Pakistanis were "crazy" for believing that happened. A Covert operation sub contracted out to mercenaries who kill people which is classified and even state officials can't talk about it, IS a conspiracy and is what seeds the public in Pakistan free rein to expand on conspiracies because they know that covert operations from the CIA, Xe, and Raw are happening. Thus all they're getting wrong would be to over blame them for things that maybe they didn't do. But the fact that they are doing some of it for a fact, allows the blaming to be more plausible.

  4. 9-11 was a setup designed to give the US "government" self-justification to launch its illegal invasions. It has been downhill ever since and until the lies are exposed the nation will continue to descend into chaos.

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