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Monday, August 16, 2004

Eliot Cohen More Than Just a Warmongering Racist

Woolsey and Kristol have taken a page from a script written by Eliot Cohen, a scholar of military affairs based at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, who urges total war against Shia Muslims, pan-Arab nationalists, and Wahhabi fundamentalists—in other words, much of the Arab world. It would be easy to characterize Cohen as simply another lone warmongering and racist crazy mired in the irrelevance of academe, except for the fact that he keeps influential friends—for instance, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who has the ear of Bush and Rumsfeld—and sits on the Defense Policy Board and is associated with PNAC, the Hoover Institute, and other all-war, all the time neocon think-tanks, more accurately described as criminal organizations plotting war crimes.

Cohen is not afraid to admit the obvious: Bush’s “creative destruction” of Iraq and ultimately—if re-appointed in November—the entire Arab world is part and parcel of a long-held Zionist plan to eviscerate Islam and Arab culture. In a tributary letter to Bush shortly after September 11, 2001 ( http://www.newamericancentury.org/Bushletter-04030
2.htm ), Cohen and a gaggle of usual neocon suspects—including Richard Perle, William Bennett, Daniel Pipes, and Norman Podhoretz—declared that “the United States and Israel share a common enemy,” i.e., the “Axis of Evil,” most notably the people of Iran, Iraq, and Syria, nations “inspiring and financing a culture of political murder and suicide bombing” against Israel, “just as they have aided campaigns of terrorism against the United States over the past two decades.” As these luminaries readily admit, bunker-busting and clusterbombing the Arabs into submission “will not be accomplished quickly or painlessly,” it will require “fortitude” (in other words, the stomach for mass murder) and “moral clarity and consistency” (translation: the willingness to engage in serial murder no matter what the American people desire or how vehement their opposition to the illegal and brutal occupation of Iraq and the preparation for covert activities and invasions of Iran and Syria, the next two targets on the neocon hit-list).

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