That Juan Cole has an antagonistic attitdue towards Jews and Israel needs no additional documentation, but I did find this little tidbit today to be worthy of comment:
Israeli’s armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, unwisely sold off $27,000 in stock when he heard that Hizbullah had captured 2 Israeli soldiers. That wasn’t unwise economically, since when Israel went to war, its stock market fell 12% It is further proof that the war was planned well in advance, and that Halutz knew that the capture would trigger it. But what could he have saved or made from this transaction? A few thousand dollars? It was stupid for him to risk the public perception of impropriety for such a small sum. Unprofessional.
There probably is evidence that this war was planned in advance- I, for one, would be shocked if Israel did not have a plan for fighting Hizbollah and all sorts of contingency plans. I will even go one step farther- there may be evidence that will be uncovered that certain forces within Israel were waiting for the opportunity to launch a military offensive into Lebanon, and the capture was simply the necessary excuse. From my standpoint, both sides of this war have been trying to provoke each other into a military showdown for a long time coming.
But what is sooo delicious about Juan Cole is that he siezes upon a report of someone making a personal financial transaction as ‘proof’ that this war was planned in advance. Because, you know, all Jews care about is money. Clearly, someone making a bank transaction is proof of a conspiracy for war. But this little report fits into Juan’s worldview about Jews, and Israel, and it allows him to snidely push stereotypes about Jews while ‘proving’ what he already thinks.
Juan’s only regret about this report is that it didn’t refer to Lt. Gen. Haluz as ‘money-grubbing jew.’