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Mine that Vein: Analytic, Predictive Failure in Academe

Despite years of signs of an internecine showdown in Palestine, writes Johathan Schanzer, only a handful of U.S. professors of Middle Eastern studies honestly examined the PLO-terrorist Hamas conflict that led to the latter’s taking of control – in a region fraught with the potential for a horrific regional conflict with worldwide consequences.

Schanzer’s assessment stands out as a model for exposing this and other kinds of cavernous gaps in academics’ oversight of life-and-death topics.

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