Daniel Pipes

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Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Founder ofCampus Watch, Middle East Forum
Member ofCommittee on the Present Danger/Members, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, International Free Press Society, Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, United States Committee for a Free Lebanon
Interests • “terrorism”
• “War on Terror”
Arch-Zionist and neoconservative intellectual and commentator

Daniel Pipes is a neo-conservative Zionist who is director of the Middle East Forum, and a columnist for right-wing newspapers. His father is Richard Pipes. He is a frequent media commentator, mostly on the Middle East and "terrorism". His columns have appeared in various commercially-controlled media outlets, including Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, National Review, New Republic, Policy Review, FrontPage, the Jerusalem Post and The Weekly Standard.


Pipes received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, both in history. Pipes speaks French, and reads Arabic and German. He spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt, where his activities included writing a book on colloquial Egyptian Arabic published in 1983.[1] He has been awarded honorary doctorates from universities in Switzerland and the United States. [2]


He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College. He has served in various capacities at the US Department of State and US Department of Defense, sits on five editorial boards, has testified before many congressional committees, and has worked on four presidential campaigns. [3]

US Institute of Peace

During the August 2003 Congressional recess, US President George W. Bush bypassed the US Senate and appointed Pipes, over the objections of Democrats and others, to the board of the United States Institute of Peace.[4] The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights group, said Pipes is "known for his hostility to Muslims", and called the appointment "a backdoor move" that is "an affront to all those who seek peace".[5]

But as of January 17, 2005, Bush had "failed to take any action to renominate". This was a popular decision. The nomination of Pipes, who has made a career out of identifying and denouncing what he sees as radical Muslim penetration of American institutions, was opposed by senators Edward Kennedy, Tom Harkin and Christopher Dodd; Arab and Muslim groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; and Middle East analysts Judith Kipper of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and William Quandt of the University of Virginia.[6]


  • Middle East Quarterly (published by the Forum)
  • Middle East Intelligence Bulletin (published by the Forum)
  • Campus Watch - co-Founder
  • Department of Defense Special Task Force on Terrorism and Technology.
  • Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Associate
  • Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships - Vice Chair
  • The National Interest — Editorial Board
  • Foreign Policy Research Institute Editor of the Orbis journal published by the institute
  • Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace
  • Anti-Islamic Institute (AII)
  • Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP).
  • Committee on the Present Danger
  • Islamic Progress Institute
  • Obsession Interviewee in this Islamophobic film

Statements by Pipes

Favours profiling and internment of Muslims in the United States

For years, it has been my position that the threat of radical Islam implies an imperative to focus security measures on Muslims. If searching for rapists, one looks only at the male population. Similarly, if searching for Islamists (adherents of radical Islam), one looks at the Muslim population. And so, I was encouraged by a just-released Cornell University opinion survey that finds nearly half the U.S. population agreeing with this proposition. Specifically, 44 percent of Americans believe that government authorities should direct special attention toward Muslims living in the United States, either by registering their whereabouts, profiling them, monitoring their mosques or infiltrating their organizations. That's the good news; the bad news is the near-universal disapproval of this realism. Leftist and Islamist organizations have so successfully influenced public opinion that polite society shies away from endorsing a focus on Muslims. In the United States, this intimidation results in large part from a revisionist interpretation of the evacuation, relocation and internment of ethnic Japanese during World War II.[7]

Mutually exclusive outcome of Arab-Israeli conflict

He wrote in Commentary in April 1990:

“There can be either an Israel or a Palestine, but not both. To think that two states can stably and peacefully coexist in the small territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is to be either naive or duplicitous. If the last seventy years teach anything, it is that there can be only one state west of the Jordan River. Therefore, to those who ask why the Palestinians must be deprived of a state, the answer is simple: grant them one and you set in motion a chain of events that will lead either to its extinction or the extinction of Israel.”
Daniel Pipes (April 1990)  [8]

"War on Terror"

Full article: Rated 4/5 “War on Terror”

Pipes has aggressively promoted the "war on terror". In 2004, he wrote in the New York Sun that "The first American victory in the war on terror was won by Ronald Reagan, and it happened on Jan. 20, 1981, the first day of his presidency."[9] Pipes has openly called for a war on "Islamic extremism", declaring in one post-9/11 interview, "What we need to do is inspire fear, not affection." In 2007 he was a panellist at The Collapse of Europe Conference, speaking on "Eurabia: Are Europe’s leaders complicit in accelerating Europe’s demise?" and "How should Europe respond to the threats and challenges of multiculturalism?"

Pipes also promotes the support of moderate Muslims against militant islamists.[citation needed] He criticises organisations such as CAIR for failing to distinguish between moderate and extreme Muslims when labelling him "islamophobic".[10]

Favours Israeli use of nuclear weapons against Iran

In an interview with Elwood McQuaid of the "Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry" that appears in the July/August edition of their magazine "Israel My Glory" [11], the following (extracted) exchange took place:

EMQ: It seems the United States and Europe are resigned to Iran developing nuclear weapons. Should we be concerned about this? And what should be done about it?

DP: If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, it changes the dynamics - not just in the Middle East, but worldwide. If the Obama administration has in mind to do something, it's not about to broadcast it. So we don't know. But I'm not optimistic. But I also would not conclude at this date that the Iranians will get the bomb. There is still pressure that can be brought.
EMQ: Can sanctions really accomplish anything?

DP: I don't think so. I don't think sanctions have any value beyond window dressing. I don't think agreements have any value. I don't think threats have any value. It boils down to whether we accept the Iranian nuclear program or we destroy it.

EMQ: How should Israelis feel about this?

DP: I think it's realistic for the Israelis to attack and do real damage. Now, what constitutes success, I'm not exactly sure. There are many, many questions. If I were [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, I would say to [U.S. President Barack] Obama, "Why don't you take out the Iranian nukes? Or else we will And we will not do it by trying to fly planes across Turkey and Syria or Jordan or Saudi Arabia. We will do it from submarine-based, tactical nuclear weapons. You don't want that; we don't want that; but that's the way we can do this job for sure. You do it your way so we don't have to escalate to that." That would be a way of applying pressure. There are so many details which I'm not privy to. But that would be my kind of approach if I were the Israelis.
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What others say

Daniel Pipes was one of those reviewers who favourably received From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine, [12] a book about which the Zionist historian Yehoshua Porath [13] said:

I am reluctant to bore the reader and myself with further examples of Mrs. Peters's highly tendentious use - or neglect - of the available source material. ... Everyone familiar with the writing of the extreme nationalists ... would immediately recognize the tired and discredited arguments in Mrs. Peters's book. I had mistakenly thought them long forgotten. It is a pity that they have been given new life. [14]

Here is an extract from an article by Joel Beinin on attempts to silence criticism of Israel in US universities:

Another effort to police dissent is focused on those who teach Middle East studies on college campuses. Middle East Forum, a think tank run by Daniel Pipes and supportive of the Israeli right wing, has established a Campus Watch website. After failing in his own pursuit of an academic career, Pipes has evidently decided to take revenge on the scholarly community that rejected him. ... Campus Watch notes that "Middle East studies in the United States has become the preserve of Middle Eastern Arabs, who have brought their views with them. Membership in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the main scholarly association, is now 50 percent of Middle Eastern origin." Some Americans have foolishly believed that all U.S. citizens have equal rights regardless of their country of origin and that pointing to peoples' country of origin to discredit them is a form of racism. This too, is outmoded thinking according to Campus Watch. But imagine the uproar that would be created by the suggestion that because Daniel Pipes is Jewish he may be more loyal to Israel than to the United States. [15]

Here is an extract from another article by Joel Beinin on attempts by those behind the magazine to incite hatred of Arabs and Muslims:

Martin Kramer also edits Middle East Quarterly, the house organ of the Middle East Forum, the neo-conservative think tank directed by Daniel Pipes. Pipes has a long record of attempting to incite Americans against Arabs and Muslims. In 1990 he wrote:
'Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.'
One recent project of the Middle East Forum is Campus-Watch, a website designed to police dissent on university campuses. Its aim was to 'monitor and gather information on professors who fan the flames of disinformation, incitement, and ignorance.' [16]

Here is what Robert Fisk had to say:

Daniel Pipes and Martin Kramer of the Middle East Forum now run a website in the United States to denounce academics who are deemed to have shown "hatred of Israel". One of the eight professors already on this contemptible McCarthyite list — it is grotesquely called "Campus Watch" — committed the unpardonable sin of signing a petition in support of the Palestinian scholar Edward Said. Pipes wants students to inform on professors who are guilty of "campus anti-Semitism".[17]

Suzanne Goldenberg writes:

As a frequent commentator, he (Daniel Pipes) has warned that America's Muslims are the enemy within and called for unrestricted racial profiling and monitoring of Muslims in the military.
From his own thinktank in Philadelphia, he has also clashed with fellow scholars, who say his Campus Watch website has initiated a witch-hunt against those he views as critics of Israel or lacking in patriotic zeal.
Within the community of Middle East scholars, he is regarded as extreme. He opposes the "road map" for the Middle East, as he opposed the Oslo peace accords, and objected to efforts to reform the Palestinian Authority. [18]

Juan Cole comments:

"Yes, I'm aware that Daniel Pipes of the so-called Middle East Forum sent some puppy out to slime me over at David Horowitz's Frontpagerag. So this is the way it goes with the Likudniks. First they harass you and try to have you spied on. Then they threaten, bully and try to intimidate you. And if that fails and you show some spine, then they simply lie about you. (In this case the lies are produced by quoting half a passage, or denuding it of its context, or adopting a tone of pained indignation when quoting a perfectly obvious observation).
The thing that most pains me in all this is the use of the word "antisemite." Pipes already had to settle one lawsuit, by Douglas Card, for throwing the word around about him irresponsibly.
Israel is not being helped by extremists like Pipes and his associates. It is being harmed, and its very survival is being placed in doubt by aggressive annexationist policies, and by brutal murders and repression, which Pipes and his associates support to the hilt. [19]

Paul Campos comments on Pipes' evaluation of the "internment option":

Now Daniel Pipes, who has claimed that American Muslims are uniquely dangerous because of their potential for disloyalty (a typical quote: "The Muslim population in this country is not like any other group, for it includes within it a substantial body of people… who share with the suicide hijackers a hatred of the United States.") is taking advantage of this climate to suggest that "bothersome or offensive measures" such as internment camps may be the price "we" have to pay for security.
This is a dangerous argument. After all, none of the 9/11 hijackers were American - unlike, for example, Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. It would be far more efficient to engage in what Malkin calls "threat profiling" by setting up internment camps for members of far-right political groups than for American Muslims. We can only hope that Malkin and Pipes would at least object to the former proposal.[20]

Daniel Pipes's Publications

Books concerning Islam

  • Militant Islam Reaches America (2002),
  • The Rushdie Affair (1990)
  • In the Path of God (1983),
  • Slave Soldiers and Islam (1981)

Books concerning Syria

  • Syria Beyond the Peace Process (1996)
  • Damascus Courts the West (1991)
  • Greater Syria (1990)

Books concerning other topics

  • The Hidden Hand (1996)
  • The Long Shadow (1989)
  • Miniatures (2003)
  • An Arabist's Guide to Colloquial Egyptian (1983) systematizes the grammar of Arabic as spoken in Egypt.
  • Conspiracy (1997) discusses conspiracy theories in modern European and American politics.
  • Pipes has also edited two collections of essays, Sandstorm (1993) and Friendly Tyrants (1991). He is the joint author of eleven books.


Articles (alpha order)


Events Participated in

Facing Jihad conference14 December 200814 December 2008
Identity Crisis: Can European civilization survive conference13 March 200814 March 2008Italy
European University of Rome
The Collapse of Europe Conference10 June 200711 June 2007US
Pepperdine University
An openly Islamophobic conference in California, that may have been designed to promote Islamophobia in Europe as part of the "War On Terror".
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  1. 'Biographical Sketch of Daniel Pipes', DanielPipes.org, accessed 30 March, 2009.
  2. 'Daniel Pipes', TripAtlas.org, accessed 30 March, 2009.
  3. 'Biographical Sketch of Daniel Pipes', DanielPipes.org, accessed 30 March, 2009.
  4. "Bush Appoints Daniel Pipes to Think Tank", The Guardian, 22 August 2003, accessed in web archive, March 2009.
  5. "Bush Appoints Daniel Pipes to Think Tank", The Guardian, 22 August 2003, accessed in web archive, March 2009.
  6. E. J. Kesller, "Daniel Pipes: Not Renominated to the US Peace Institute", History News Network website, accessed March 2009.
  7. Daniel Pipes, Why the Japanese internment still matters, Star Telegram, December 30, 2004. Comments on these statements by Juan Cole here
  8. http://www.danielpipes.org/article/194 Commentary
  9. http://www.danielpipes.org/1888/reagans-early-victory-in-the-war-on-terror
  10. Robert Spencer, 'Dr. Daniel Pipes and CAIR's Lynch Mob', CampusWatch/FrontPage Magazine, 23 July, 2003. (Accessed 30 March, 2009)
  11. Interview with The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry - July/August 2010
  12. Daniel Pipes, 'Review of "From Time Immemorial"' DanielPipes.org/Commentary, July, 1984. (Accessed 30 March, 2009)
  13. Yehoshua Porath, 'Mrs. Peters's Palestine', University College Cork website/New York Review of Books, 16 January 1986.
  14. ("Mrs. Peters's Palestine", New York Review of Books, January 16, 1986).See Porath's review in the New York Review of Books and the subsequent correspondence between Porath and Pipes which appeared in the same journal.
  15. Joel Beinin, "Who's watching the watchers?", History News Network, September 30, 2002.
  16. Le Monde Diplomatique, July 2003, page 7 of English edition
  17. Robert Fisk, "How to shut up your critics", The Independent, October 21, 2002.
  18. Suzanne Goldenberg, 'Bush appoints anti-Muslim to peace role', The Guardian, 23 August, 2003.
  19. Juan Cole, 'Character Assassination', Informed Comment, 8 December, 2004.
  20. Paul Campos, A dangerous argument, Rocky Mountain News, January 4, 2005.