Perhaps with a bully's name like Flashman you see Toaff as spineless. I see him as honest enough to realise he made a colossal mistake sharing his academic hypothesis with the public before sharing it with fellow historians and getting their feedback. He was reviewing the same primary sources as every previous scholar and coming to a novel hypothesis. Would you accept evidence given under mediaeval torture?
Saudi-led coalition air strike kills around 30 Yemeni civilians (Reuters)
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