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Beavis And Butthead And Mark LeVine
In "Notes On A Century" Bernard Lewis notes the decline in standards in his own profession -- history -- and especially in Middle Eastern history, where a cabal of Muslims and their non-Muslim collaborators have, at MESA and in departments, some of them bought and paid for by the Saudis and other Gulf Arabs (cf. Exeter, Durham, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown, the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at ditto, and so on), have managed to drive out, or to discourage from ever entering, many potentially good students and scholars.
Perhaps the most comical of the beneficiaries of this decline, down to less than zero, in academic standards is Mark LeVine. He is now a columnist for -- unsurprisingly -- Al Jazeera. I won't repeat here what I've written about him before. It's ducks in a barrel.But I do want to present one of those pictures worth a thousand words -- the photograph that Mark LeVine offers of himself to the world: