Possibly it might have had something to do with my critical remarks about him; as TalkLeft has shown us, my Left – the one that believed in free speech – isn’t so much a part of the left any more.
UPDATE: Click through for an explanation of my withdrawal of support for Prof. ColeWow, was I off base in supporting Juan Cole.
I just got an email from RG pointing me to Martin Kramer’s website, where he reproduces a SLAPP threat by Professor Cole against Kramer and Daniel Pipes.
The money graf:
If you do not immediately remove my name from your monitoring Web site, cease maintaining a “dossier” on me, and cease and desist from calling upon others to spy on me and repudiate your earlier calls to do so, I reserve the right to pursue all legal remedies, criminal and civil.
Department of History
Go read the whole thing.
Now, I’ll email Professor Cole and ask him for an explanation of why what’s sauce for the goose apparently isn’t – in his cuisine – for the gander.
But until I do I’ll completely withdraw my support of his position. If you’re going to be a ‘playa’ and threaten to lawyer up in response to political criticism, you don’t get to go publicly wrap yourself the First Amendment when someone does it to you (as opposed to wrapping oneself in it in court, which you obviously do get to do).
I’ll reproduce my email to Professor Cole tomorrow morning.