Because we can’t all be Juan Cole

Mumon has created a rather groovy automatic smackdown boilerplate to use against ignorant hawks.

I think it is time to be frank about some things. _____________ knows absolutely nothing about Iraq. I wonder if he has even ever read a single book on Iraq, much less written one. He knows no Arabic. He has never lived in an Arab country. He can’t read Iraqi newspapers or those of Iraq’s neighbors. He knows nothing whatsoever about Shiite Islam, the branch of the religion to which a majority of Iraqis adheres. Why should we pretend that ________’s opinion on the significance and nature of the elections in Iraq last Sunday matters? It does not.

________ was a cheerleader for the unprovoked, unilateral US attack on Iraq. The reason he repeatedly gave was that Iraq was (Choose one or more: a) close to having a nuclear weapon; b) Saddam was behind 9/11; c) ____/____’s child/___’s friend/___’s pet was in the first tower/at an airport/drinking beer d) because the Arabs are all alike…

On a similar note, PZ Myers relates the reality-based-community/hawkish-pundit disconnect to the science/creationism disconnect. Those of us who aren’t blinded by loopy faith-based nonsense listen to academic experts and the credible evidence they present for their conclusions, while those of us who are brand them as ‘elitist’ and listen to ignorant wankjobs like Jonah Goldberg and Jonathan Wells instead.

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