A West Point law professor has resigned following backlash over an article in which he advocated for attacks on Islamic holy sites as part of a “total war” on radical Islam.
William C. Bradford is sticking by his opinions following an uproar over a July paper titled “Trahison des Professeurs” (Treason of the Professors), which led to his resignation Sunday, The Washington Post reported.
“I stand by my article,” he told the paper, arguing that he had been “taken out of context” by people who had not read his article.
“I would suggest that the best approach to the problem I outline is competition in the marketplace of ideas,” he posited.
Mr. Bradford’s paper had accused a “clique of about 40” law professors of actively collaborating with Islamist organizations and recommended targeting them as enemy combatants, The Guardian reported.
Mr. Bradford argued that “total war” against terrorism ought to include military targeting of Islamic holy sites and acknowledged that “great destruction, innumerable enemy casualties and civilian collateral damage” were entailed in his proposal, The Guardian reported.
West Point hired Mr. Bradford on Aug. 1 and he had only taught five lessons for cadets in a Common Core law course before his resignation.
Previously, Mr. Bradford quit a job teaching in 2004 at the Indiana University School of Law after allegations emerged that he had exaggerated his military service, The Guardian reported.