Cole described the six-year-old bloodshed in Syria as a “civilian revolution” by country’s Sunni majority against the anti-religion, Arab nationalism-Communist Ba’ath ruling party (depicted as a Shi’ite group by the West’s pro-Israel political and media filth).
The Syrian civilian protests in 2011 in Damascus were not for a regime change or Sunni-Shia-Christian sectarian but calling for more civil rights. However, it were soon hijacked by the CIA-Mossad which gave us the Arab Spring. Since then, the anti-Assad insurgency has been armed, trained and funded by the US, UK, France and regional allies such as Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan.
And who is Juan Cole in real life? Professor John V. Walsh (University of Massachusetts Medical School) called Cole, a consultant to the CIA (Counterpunch, August 30, 2011). According to his bio on his personal blog, Informed Comment, he had left his parent’s Catholic religion and have adopted a blend of Baha’i cult and Jewish Kabbalah. He wrongly claims that Baha’i is an offshoot of Shi’ite sect of Islam. Believing Baha’i cult’s founder Baha Ullah, a wealthy Persian merchant, being a Shi’ite, couldn’t be more stupid that believing Jesus was a Jew.
A few years ago, when I left a comment referring to John Walsh’s claim and Cole’s new faith on the Informed Comment – Cole responded that he wished he was a CIA agent and had Jewish family roots.
Juan Cole also parrots official 9/11 story but claims it to be a Muslim vengeance against Western wars on Muslim countries.
Like the con-Zionist Jew Bernie Sanders, Cole was also against US invasion for different reasons. He wanted instead to put crippling sanctions on Iraq’s oil export.
Juan Cole, like major pro-Israel Jewish groups, wants Western countries to accept refugees from Syria created by West’s proxy wars for Israel – being cheap labor.
“Nobody has figured out how to mechanize the picking up strawberries, and I never in my life will ever have a job picking strawberries – and so if the strawberries are going to get picked, it’s going to have to be somebody else. They are not taking our jobs when they do that; in fact, they are providing us strawberries,” claimed the bigot.
Juan Cole supported US-NATO destruction of Africa’s richest and most progressive Muslim state Libya for Israel. In a March 2011 blog post, he wrote: “The Libya intervention is legal and was necessary to prevent further massacres and to forestall a threat to democratization in Tunisia and Egypt, and if it succeeds in getting rid of Gaddafi’s murderous regime and allowing Libyans to have a normal life, it will be worth the sacrifices in life and treasure.”
Libyans after four years are still waiting to see Cole’s “normal life” – a woman in bikini at Libyan beaches.
Last month, Juan Cole was the keynote speaker at the Hartford Shi’ite Seminary in Connecticut, USA. He spoke about the Islamic cleric regime in Iran. He said that the P5+1 and Iran’s nuclear agreement signed in 2015 succeeded in stopping those Shi’ite fanatics to develop a nuclear bomb.
“The Iran’s theocracy is unique in the world. The elected president is more like a vice-president while Ayatullah Khamenei leads the country,” said Cole.
No world leader with the exception of Donald Trump and Netanyahu would have made such stupid statement. Iranian president is democratically elected every four year to head the Executive Branch whose policies are scrutinized by 290 elected lawmakers in the Majlis (parliament). Ayatullah Khamenei, who was not elected by a public ballot as the Guardian of Islamic Revolution has nothing to do with either of the two. In fact, two-third majority of Majlis can call for the impeachment of both the president and Khamenei. It means that Khamenei’s power is less secure than Catholic Pope or Archbishop of Canterbury, who cannot be impeached.
The only thing “unique” about Iran’s “theocracy” is that Khamenei is the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Iran’s Armed Forces and not country’s elected president. This is to avoid foreign wars under pressure from Jewish Lobby or a military coup. Both actions are treason under Iranian Constitution.
Juan Cole’s problem with Iranian Ayatullahs is that they declared his adopted faith Baha’ism being un-Islamic as Baha’is don’t travel to Makkah (Saudi Arabia) for Hajj. They go to Haifa (Israel) where the founder of the cult, Bab, is buried.
In case some reader considers the above post doesn’t do justice to professor Juan Cole – I suggest he should read what Carlos Delgado, member of The Socialist Equality Party, has to say about the CIA’s authority on Islam and the Middle East (here).