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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

History News Network has a couple of pieces on momentarily anonymous Georgia Tech History Professor Laura Bier (see below, An Inadvertent Endorsement of Campus Watch and Too Late For the Mask). First, there's The Travails of "Leah Bowman" by Robert KC Johnson in which I make an appearance in the comments, and the somewhat more snarkily written, Laura Bier, Ward Churchill Wannabe by, ironically enough, an anonymous author. From the second piece:

...Pity the young Ward Churchill wannabe. You advocate the destruction of the state of Israel and sponsor a student group that apologizes for terrorism… and virtually nobody will notice. It’s no fun to take outrageous political positions if nobody gets outraged, no fun at all to be radical when people only yawn, hard to get noticed for merely advising apologists for terror when professors at other campuses are actively apologizing for actual terrorists. Still, Bier gets credit for trying hard to overcome the obstacles to becoming notorious...

Update: Here's another utterly over-the-top petition Bier signed as a student: Urgent Palestinian Appeal to the World. It's remarkable how these radicals grow up to become part of the faculty and end up defining the mainstream.

In light of the horrific war of aggression being waged by Israel against the Palestinian people and leadership, and with utmost urgency and desperation regarding the ongoing massacres against the entire Palestinian population in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, we are appealing to the international community to take immediate steps in protecting the Palestinian people, in putting an end to the ongoing atrocities, and in condemning the state of Israel for its crimes against the Palestinians, and against humanity itself.

Since the latest wave of unprecedented Israeli military aggression throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Israeli troops killed hundreds of Palestinians and wounded thousands (the majority of whom are civilians killed and wounded in cold blood inside their homes). Israeli troops have been terrorizing Palestinian civilians throughout the OPT, unleashing an unprecedented and uncompromising policy of brute military force against women, children, and men in every Palestinian city, town, village, and refugee camp...

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