Professor Ed Haley is a strong critic of Israel and wants President Obama to pressure the state into relenting on building in Jerusalem, Israel's capital. He is also a strong critic of the war in Iraq. We disagree on both counts: history, I think, has vindicated the fact that whenever Israel gives up land for peace, it gets more bloodshed, and that the War in Iraq has been a success (though I confess I originally opposed it on humanitarian grounds.)
This article by Haley was written after I wrote an article detailing Frangieh's support of Hezbollah in April 2010, but before I wrote one critical of Frangieh's support for Hamas, Hezbollah, and suicide bombing in November 2010.)
So what does Haley gave to say about how his colleague, Bassam Frangieh, is a supporter of both groups? Does he think that Frangieh's support for those organizations mean that Frangieh is against the peace that those "radical movements" impede?
These questions are important because Haley, who helped bring Frangieh to CMC, has been heavily involved in reconfiguring our international relations curriculum post-9-11.
"We're making an institutional effort because of the fallout from 9/11, the war in Iraq and terrorism," said P. Edward Haley, the W.M Keck Foundation Chair of International Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna
Haley said many academic institutions are reassessing how they teach basic classes in international relations and public policy because of the government's failure to anticipate the events of Sept. 11 and its inability to govern Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
"Those are huge mistakes and that makes homeland security a public policy question," he said, adding that many universities also are grappling with "the 800-pound gorilla of religion and how to teach Islam." (
"Colleges prep students for jobs in Homeland Security; Up Front; University of California; Terrorism studies," Los Angeles Business Journal, August 30, 2004)