Across the Bay

Friday, December 10, 2004

Heard it Through Le Grape Vine

I simply had to link to this hilarious entry in Martin Kramer's Sandbox ("LeVine d'Irvine," Fri, Dec 10, 2004 3:30 pm). It's a response to a claim made by Mark Le-"capitalize that V"-Vine in a bizarre guest editorial (yes, another one) on Juan Cole's site (is he supposed to be like Cole's protégé, or will no self-respecting publication publish his nonsense?!) that "most practitioners" of the field of ME studies "predicted exactly the terrorism that happened with 9/11 ... and rightly predicted what would happen when the US invaded Iraq."

Kramer's inspired barb is worth quoting in full:

"Mark LeVine, hip Middle East studies artist at U.C. Irvine, tells us all about "the field of Middle Eastern studies, most of whose practitioners predicted exactly the terrorism that happened with 9/11 when our Government and spy agencies were busy elsewhere, and who rightly predicted exactly what would happen when the U.S. invaded Iraq." So man, you know I'm lookin' for these exact predictions, man, and like I've read all this stuff by big professors, and maybe I'm not the brightest bulb, but, shit, I ain't turnin' up squat. Just a lot a profs sayin' terrorism is overblown, and Iraq jacks who thought the war was a good idea, like that dude Juanito Cole. So like maybe LeVine d'Irvine could come up with some... what's it called, man? Yeah, that's it, e-vi-dence! Peace, man."

LeVine... le pew.