Monday, December 13, 2010
Robert Spencer slights Bostom again: Roland Shirk got the memo
Does Spencer think nobody notices these things? (Well, he might be right -- about just about everybody.) Or does he think nobody cares? (Well...)
Today on Jihad Watch, in an article by infrequent contributor "Roland Shirk" concerning a recent New York Times story on new (and not-so-new) facts about the Nazi-Muslim connection during and after WW2, Shirk notes near the end the inevitable slant of the New York Times toward the spurious conclusion that virulent antisemitism has no roots in Islam and was an alien influence from German Nazis -- and thus, of course, the hope for an enduring peace between Israel and her neighbors (not to mention between the world and Muslims) becomes real.
In briefly correcting this flagrant, and all-too common, misconception, Shirk writes:
As readers of this site, and the works of Bat Ye'or and Robert Spencer (among many others) know, this is mere wishful thinking.
Actually, readers of Jihad Watch know that Shirk conspicuously failed to mention Andrew Bostom, whose compendium -- The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism -- while perhaps not uniquely authoritative, is a sufficiently serious and substantive contribution to this neglected area of study to warrant, at the very least, a de rigueur hat tip each and every time this subtopic is mentioned anywhere.
Now, I wonder why it wasn't mentioned here?
And Shirk's parenthetically vague tilt in the general vicinity of "many others" simply won't do.
The last time this happened, it was Spencer himself, not his proxy, doing the slighting: