Sunday, December 18, 2011
Another little dig at Bostom from beyond the grave
Over a year ago, in my essay here titled Chutzpah Watch, I noted how, when Robert Spencer exacerbated his slight against his ex-friend-and-colleague, Andrew Bostom,
"...nobody notices when Spencer reaches calmly out from beyond the grave of his collegial friendship with Andrew Bostom to twist the knife in his corpse."
At the time, Spencer's egregious posthumous backstab involved an article at Jihad Watch where he praised a new book on Islamic anti-Semitism by a Martin Gilbert while, in the same breath, claiming that
"...there has not been any serious scholarly study focused wholly and exclusively on Islamic antisemitism as such..."
-- obviously and pointedly ignoring Bostom's The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism (which previously, before he and Andy had fallen out due to some mysterious back-room squabble privy only to members of the Gentlemen's Club, Spencer had touted as the greatest thing since sliced cheese).
Well, over a year later, Spencer felt, I guess, like reaching out from beyond the grave yet again to take a little dig with his spade at the settled earth of their dead friendship under which Bostom was supposed to be resting in peace.
In the context of a Jihad Watch article (The truth is spreading) in which Spencer proclaims that the anti-Islam (sorry -- the "anti-Jihad") movement is showing real signs of spreading and progressing, evidenced mainly by other people borrowing terms Spencer over the years has coined by which to refer to the problem of Islam, Spencer sees fit to write, no doubt not without a grin broadening his robust beard:
The professor of medicine and sometime anti-jihad researcher Andrew Bostom makes frequent use of another term I coined: "Islamorealism."