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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Juan Cole, Conspiracy Theorist


Middle East expert Juan Cole claimed today that the U.S. is violating international treaties, and common decency, by manufacturing biological weapons.

Juan Cole writes that Saddam Hussein "had to be at least a little afraid of US retaliation, and it actually does have nuclear and biological weapons." As far as I can tell, "it" refers to the U.S. This is a remarkably serious charge to toss off so casually, without any elaboration, citation, or evidence or any kind. Cole is fond of this kind of wild accusation. Last August, he suggested the Israel has stocks of biological or chemical weapons (it wasn't clear which).

Of course, I don't know what kind of secret weapons production facilities the U.S. or Israel might have. But neither does Cole. He's making incredible claims about secret programs, without demonstrating that he has access to the secrets. That's the very definition of a conspiracy theorist.

 
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