The Dangerous Ineptitude Of Armchair General Sam Harris

 “In its mode of communication and its use of half-truths and over-simplification the propaganda of Daesh uses similar tactics uses to those of the populous and both sides of equation benefit from each other and would not expand in influence without each other’s actions.”

– UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s statement addressed to “populists, demagogues and political fantasists.

Entirely oblivious to these same half-truths and over-simplifications is the new atheist demagogue (or demigod) and political fantasist Sam Harris who uses a single issue of ISIS (Daesh) propaganda as the sole basis to justify another catastrophic war. Harris doesn’t tell us what victory looks like, doesn’t tell us how many innocent lives lost are too many or how many Americans dead is acceptable to realise his political fantasies. Harris proceeds to impart his “wisdom” in his two minutes of hate (stretched out to fifty) podcast.

Like any good cult leader he sets the terms for his attentive flock from the outset. “Here is what any honest reader (of Dabiq) will get” — So if you disagree with me then you are dishonest — He continues: “It confirms everything I’ve been saying for the last fifteen years!”. This is all about Sam and the vindication of his narcissistic and Manichean worldviews.

To read this magazine is to discover that the oft-mocked line deliverd by George Bush ”they hate us for our freedom” is actually true.

And those among you who think they must hate us for our foreign policy, well you’re simply wrong and dangerously so.

It stretches the limits of all credibility that any self-proclaimed philosopher and supposed intellectual could draw such asinine conclusions from a single source of war propaganda and all the while  ignoring the vast weight of counter-evidence, from multiple sources, that contradicts it.  Harris isn’t even judging the wartime propaganda from Dabiq holistically; and if he is, he is dishonestly cherry-picking.  From Issue 9 of Dabiq on “Eliminating the Grayzone”:

” Muslims in the crusader countries will find themselves driven to abandon their homes for a place to live in the Khilāfah, as the crusaders increase persecution against Muslims living in Western lands”

ISIS  leadership desire anti-Muslim sentiment in the West. They crave Western invasion; yet another Vietnam. Sam Harris offers them both – As Zeid said “both sides of the equation benefit from each other”. Is it even possible that Harris and his Islam-hating acolytes haven’t considered that they are the targets of this publication? Or worse, have they seen an opportunity to expand their (and ISIS’s)  “Clash of Civilizations” and are content with being al-Baghdadi’s useful idiots?

You might want to say ”it’s just propaganda” – and it is propaganda – but it only works as propaganda because MANY (how many?) Muslims share these aspirations and believe the same doctrines.

Harris is being disingenuous here. I’m not aware of a single Muslim having being recruited by the English Language Dabiq publication.. Furthermore, Harris’ smoking-gun proof is not addressed to Muslims at all, it is titled “Why We Hate You And Want To Fight YOU“. Rather Ironically “Why We Hate You And Want To Fight You” would’ve been an equally fitting title for Harris’ podcast; or his career in general.

Neither is this the only occasion of sophistry and decption in Harris’ oratorical diatribe. Following his self-indulgent opening-gambit he spends a full ten minutes dishonestly conflating a non-violent Finnish female emigre to the “Islamic” State with its violent jihadist footsoliders. It’s akin to conflating a Presbyterian Republican grandmother with Lynddie England. He describes her in bigoted terms, mocks her “decision to wear a cloth bag” and he tells us in no uncertain terms that this non-violent and deeply religious woman is “the enemy”. Not explained however is why this Muslim woman making hijrah to the Islamic State is my “enemy” while an Orthodox Jewish woman making aliyah to the Jewish State isn’t.

This sleight of hand to pad his dangerously inept proclamations of being vindicated speaks to Harris’ actual insecurities in his own warmongering worldviews. Multiple times Harris exhorts us to just listen to “what the jihadists have to say”:

  • “Simply accept what jihadis believe what they say they believe. ..Simply listen to what these people have to say for themselves.”
  • “If you don’t understand the power of that you have no idea what we are dealing with. You lack empathy. They have made it so easy for you to get into their heads. In fact, you have to imagine that they are lying, endlessly lying for some inexplicable reason when taking their claim at face value makes perfect sense of their behaviour and impuning other motives makes them highly mysterious.”
  • “So everything that has been said by Chomsky, Pape and Greenwald and dozens of Muslim apoogists have been peddling for a decade about the motivations of jihadists, all of this is pure delusion”
  • “So why do jihadis do what they do? Well they are telling us ad-nauseaum.”

The attack on Prof. Robert Pape, the founder of The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) is an act of brazen hubris. Pape and his colleagues have researched the motives of virtually every suicide attack since 1982 while Sam Harris has never conducted any field research and instead converses with “Muslim Reformers” and “ex Muslims” whom he funds. Oh! and he read Dabiq once!

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However, let us take Harris’ advice. Let us “simply accept jihadis believe what they say they believe”. Afterall, if we don’t, we “lack empathy”.  While ISIS have splintered from Zawahiri’s Al Qaeda they are dedicated Binladenites. So let us take Al Qaeda’s first attackers, the 93′ WTC bombers, at “face value”:

We declare our responsibility for the explosion on the mentioned building. This action was done in response for the American political, economical, and military support to Israel the state of terrorism and to the rest of the dictator countries in the region.

Moving on to 1996, Bin Laden declared war on the US primarily for the military occupation of his (holy) homeland in Saudi Arabia. Remember: “Simply accept jihadis believe what they say they believe”.

It should not be hidden from you that the people of Islam had suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist Crusaders alliance and their collaborators to the extent that the Muslims blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the hands of the enemies. Their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq. The horrifying pictures of the massacre of Qana, in Lebanon are still fresh in our memory. Massacres in Tajakestan, Burma, Cashmere, Assam, Philippine, Fatani, Ogadin, Somalia, Erithria, Chechnia and in BosniaHerzegovina took place, massacres that send shivers in the body and shake the conscience. All of this and the world watch and hear, and not only didn”t respond to these atrocities, but also with a clear conspiracy between the USA and its” allies and under the cover of the iniquitous United Nations, the dispossessed people were even prevented from obtaining arms to defend themselves.

1998 was to see the twin Embassy bombings following Bin Laden’s second fatwa. Once again Harris is correct, the jihadists are “telling us ad-nauseaum”.  Bin Laden justifies terrorism “on the basis” of these three grievances:

First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples. If some people have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it. The best proof of this is the Americans’ continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, but they are helpless.

Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million… despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation. So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.

Third, if the Americans’ aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews’ petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there. The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel’s survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.

Then came the 9-11 attacks of 2001. Let us not “imagine that the jihadists are lying”.  Bin Laden spelled out his inspiration for the attacks: Israel.

And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.And that day, it was confirmed to me that oppression and the intentional killing of innocent women and children is a deliberate American policy.

Destruction is freedom and democracy, while resistance is terrorism and intolerance. This means the oppressing and embargoing to death of millions as Bush Sr did in Iraq in the greatest mass slaughter of children mankind has ever known, and it means the throwing of millions of pounds of bombs and explosives at millions of children – also in Iraq – as Bush Jr did, in order to remove an old agent and replace him with a new puppet to assist in the pilfering of Iraq’s oil and other outrages.

So with these images and their like as their background, the events of September 11th came as a reply to those great wrongs, should a man be blamed for defending his sanctuary?

 

Still in 2001, Richard “The Shoe Bomber” Reid attempted to blow up a jetliner in mid-air with customised explosives in his shoes. Let us “listen” to what he says:

Your government has sponsored the rape and torture of Muslims in the prisons of Egypt and Turkey and Syria and Jordan with their money and with their weapons. I don’t know, see what I done as being equal to rape and to torture, or to the deaths of the two million children in Iraq.

The next major Al Qaeda terrorist attack was 2002, in Bali. So what theological justification did they proffer I wonder? Israel

The reason was to retaliate the killing of Muslims in Palestine

In 2004 Bin Laden even offered Europe a truce “if it stopped attacking Muslims”. Meanwhile the “Islamic” attacks continued and the attackers continued to tell us why “They Hate Us And Why They Attack Us”:

Madrid

This is a response to the crimes that you have caused in the world, and specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there will be more, if God wills it.

London

Until we feel security, you will be our target. Until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people, we will not stop this fight.

Detroit

I carried the device to avenge the killing of my Muslim brothers and sisters

Times Square

They don’t see children, they don’t see anybody. They kill women, children, they kill everybody. It’s a war, and in war, they kill people. They’re killing all Muslims

Woolwich

The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers

Charlie Hebdo (Cherif Kouachi)

We can kill. But we don’t kill women. It is you that kill the children of Muslims in Iraq, in Afganistan, in Syria.

Charlie Hebdo (Amedy Coulibaly)

They have to stop attacking Islamic State and stop forcing us to unveil women and stop putting my brothers in prison for nothing.

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The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians…I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished

And it’s not just the official statements of jihadists alone. The rank-and-file aren’t anymore devout. Leaked ISIS documents show that as many as 70% of ISIS recruits self-describe as having only a “basic” understanding of Islam. So basic in fact that our would be “holy warriors” are buying Islam for Dummies and The Quran For Dummies pre-Jihad.

We see similar in the accounts of researchers and journalists who have come into contact with ISIS soliders.

Didier Francois was a prisoner of ISIS for ten months.

“There was never really discussion about texts or — it was not a religious discussion. It was a political discussion.
It was more hammering what they were believing than teaching us about the Quran. Because it has nothing to do with the Quran . We didn’t even have the Quran; they didn’t want even to give us a Quran.”

Lydia Wilson, a researcher who interviewed ISIS detainees tells us

They’re drawn to the movement for reasons that have little to do with extemist Islam

The head of the US interrogation team that tracked down al-Zarqawi tells Democracy Now.

They came from all over the area. They came from Yemen. They came from northern Africa. They came from Saudi. All over the place. And the No. 1 reason these foreign fighters gave for coming to Iraq was routinely because of Abu Ghraib, because of Guantanamo Bay, because of torture practices.

In their eyes, they see us as not living up to the ideals that we have prescribed to. You know, we say that we represent freedom, liberty and justice. But when we torture people, we’re not living up to those ideals. And it’s a huge incentive for them to join al-Qaida.

If Sam Harris is truly so utterly ignorant of this covergence of evidence – and this is only the tip of the iceberg – then he should not be recklessly issuing calls-to-war; especially since wars and occuptions in the Islamic world are what lights the fuse in the first place. His ignorance here is inexcusable. Multiple “Muslim armies” are engaged in war with ISIS.

There really are some circumstances where war is the answer. …It would be much, much better if Muslim armies were turning their guns on this death cult. In the absence of that effort non-Muslim armies are clearly going to have to do this, until that’s done, until the jihadists have suffered a defeat so resounding that noone can even pretend their cause is still viable we are going to continue to see the violent machinations of religious lunatics against us.

What Harris advocates is a counter-productive humanitarian disaster and what  Juergen Todenhoefer, the first Western journalist given access to the inner-workings of The Islamic State describes as a “terror breeding programme”. Having visited Daesh controlled Mosul he explains:

6.) ISIS CANNOT BE DEFEATED WITH BOMBS OR MISSILES. The three-million-city Mosul, for instance, is being controlled by 5,000 ISIS fighters. Whoever wants to eliminate them with bombs would have to first turn all of Mosul into rubble and kill thousands of civilians. Bombarding the Middle East has always been and still is a way to breed terrorism. Take ISIS as an example! This organization is a direct result of George W. Bush’s illegal Iraq War.

The top US Commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal coined the term “insurgent math” to describe the “terror breeding programme” where for every one innocent you kill you create another ten insurgents”. The Nobel Prize winning teenager and Islamic terrorism victim Malala Yousafzai also understood this dynamic; although to Harris she’d be just another “deluded Muslim apologist”. Speaking to Obama:

I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.

A former Commander of Camp Bucca believes it is probable our arch nemesis al-Baghdadi was radicalised by the illegal Iraq War and his resultant torture/captivity in Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca. Prior to the 2003 invasion he was described as  “a quiet, studious fellow and a talented soccer player”. He didn’t become “more Muslim” after the invasion.  It’s admitted by the US Military that 90% of the Sunni Iraqis it swept-up and imprisoned/interrogated were innocent and that these US run prisons became breeding grounds for extremism.
And what is counter-productive to the West is productive to it’s enemies in Al Qaeda and ISIS. Bin Laden’s strategy was provoking the US into over-reactions which painted the US as the villain and resulted in unwinnable insurgency wars to “bleed America dry”.

All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.

This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.

This is why Islamophobic useful idiots like Harris are a boon to ISIS propagandists. Their reductionist worldviews leave them vulnerable to provocation. Experienced journalists like Todenhoefer understand what blowhards like Harris never will.

Extremist movements like Germany’s PEGIDA are misrepresenting the facts. And in doing so, they are unwittingly playing into the hands of the ISIS. The Islamic movement has stated numerous times that escalations between Muslims and Non-Muslims in Germany and other countries of the West are in its interest.

Jihadist strategists understand this too. This is from “The Management of Savagery“, not Dabiq’s message to the infidels – Harris’ smoking-gun. Harris is literally “the inflamed opposition drawn into battle” and he’ll draw in dead American soliders with him.

Dragging the masses into the battle requires more actions which will inflame opposition and which will make the people enter into the battle, willing or unwilling, such that each individual will go to the side which he supports. We must make this battle very violent, such that death is a heartbeat away

All of this is assuming Harris is extremely ignorant and reactionary but what if he is intentionally deceptive? Is he intentionally diverting away from the primary cause of radicalisation? After all, he does consider the Neocon war propagandist Hitchens a hero. He does help fund the Israel-Intelligence linked and anti-Islam and anti-Palestinian propaganda outlet MEMRI.

The true cover-up of 9-11 was the concealment of how US support for Israel endangers American lives.

Bin Laden openly declared his inspiration for the Twin Towers attacks was Israel bombardment of Lebanon.  The 9-11 Commission Report states of 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammed ”

KSM’s animus towards the U.S. stemmed not from his experiences
there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign
policy favoring Israel
9-11 “ringleader” Muhammad Atta signed his last will and testament the very same day Israel launced Operation Grapes of Wrath.  His colleague Ralph Bodenstein believes Atta, from what he knew, could only have been driven by political concerns. Atta was outraged over the treatment of the Palestinian people.
he was very very angry about the fact that the international community would gather in order to attack Saddam Hussein but they would not gather in order to prevent the Israelis attacking Palestinians.
Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit placed Israel at number three on primary motivator for Islamic terrorists.
Sam Harris clearly has no interest in “listening to what the jihadists have to say”.  He’s made a career out of not listening.
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Tommy Robinson: Why always me?

Yesterday, the eternal victim  and convicted fraudster Stephen “Tommy Robinson” Lennon was removed from a pub in Cambridge by Police. He was issued with a dispersal notice which gives a police officer the power to request that a member of the public remove themselves from the locality (or face arrest) if it’s considered that both have occurred or are likely to occur:

(a) members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or

(b) the occurrence in the locality of crime or disorder.

While vindictive policing can’t be ruled out – Robinson has been convicted of assaulting a Police Officer and his EDL footsoliders have previously clashed with Cambridge Police  — it is unclear from the video what (if anything) pre-empted the dispersal order. I’d suspect it’s due to Lennon’s history of criminality and violent football hooliganism and the bad blood existing between Tommy’s MIGS and the local Cambridge hooligan firm.  Robinson, who is serving a football ban due to his antics during Euro 2016 evidently was in that pub as his MIGS  of Luton Town were playing Cambridge that day.

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Tommy, third from far right (or turd from the far-right).

Formerly of the openly racist and neo-Nazi BNP the fake “Tommy Robinson” takes his pseudonymn from the notorious Luton MIG “top boy” the real Tommy Robinson who wrote two books on his violent history inside the MIG’s. In the early days of the EDL Robinson/Lennon used his contacts within the violent and often pro-fascist world of British football hooliganism to forge alliances with Casuals United; a collective of British-wide football hooligans united in anti-Muslim hate.

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The presence of a celebrity rival hooligan is compounded by the fact that recent meetings between Cambridge and Luton Town have been violent affairs, which has seen death threats, missiles thrown, assaults on Police and multiple arrests. Over this period of tension Robinson has been convicted of instigating and leading a mass-brawl, involving over 100 rival fans in which he was chanting “EDL Til I Die!”.

The law is an affront to personable liberty but it was reasonable for the Cambridgeshire Police to conclude that Robinson’s presence in that or any Cambridge pub could lead to disorder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Counter-Extremists Like Quilliam Who Needs Extremists?: An Open Letter To Theresa May

 

 

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Quilliam’s Adam Deen and Haras Rafiq together with the Bahraini and Saudi Ambassadors at the Bahraini Embassy.

 

Dear Prime Minister,

Driven more by exasperation than expectation I write to urge you to avoid repeating the same mistakes as your predecessor Mr Cameron who had lent his ear to the Quilliam Foundation and in particular Maajid Nawaz.  Since Blair, Nawaz has advised successive Government after Government  and it is during the period that both Islamic extremism and anti-Muslim feelings have increased to the point of fever-pitch.

According to infamous anti-Islam extremist “Tommy Robinson” the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) Maajid Nawaz is “more despised” by the Muslim Community than even he is – and this is after they paid his household bills while he was in prison as part of a murky Quilliam-Robinson pact which granted a PR boost to both parties –  The only meaningul result being  a now more famous and media-trained Robinson rebranding his anti-Islam activism with Pegida UK.

While Quilliam claim to be “counter-extremists” I’m genuinely not aware of any extremism they’ve actually countered.  When Nawaz isn’t on International book promotional tours with anti-Islam activist Sam Harris or headlining Canadian atheist conferences he seems to devote the majority of his time to attacking the anti-war and/or anti-Islamophobia Left, whom he views as the “useful idiots” of the Islamists.  He’s created his own meaningless neologism for this group, the “regressive left”, which has been popularised by his anti-Islam supporters who are almost invariably not Muslim.

The murdered MP Jo Cox would have fallen under this “regressive left” category. To far-right extremists like Thomas Mair the “regressive left” are “traitors”. The terrorist Anders Breivik refers to them as “Cultural Marxists”;  seeing this imagined internal non-Muslim enemy as a greater threat to Western civilization than Muslims themselves.

“Make no mistake. These Muslims must be considered as wild animals. Do not blame the wild animals but rather the multiculturalist category A and B traitors who allowed these animals to enter our lands, and continue to facilitate them. ”

– Anders Breivik

Nawaz constantly attacking the Left from the Left and deflecting criticism away from the Right and their denial of legitimate grievances towards Muslims  must be most pleasing to his powerful US patrons such as the pro-war Conservative Christians The Templeton Foundation,  the anti-LGBT and Islamophobia financiers The Bradley Foundation, the anti-BDS (conveniently like Nawaz) and central Republican donors the wealthy Makarechian family and last but not least the aforementioned Sam Harris  as well as Quilliam’s pro-Israel associates in the Gatestone Institute and The Clarion Fund.

Quilliam’s own Managing Director Haras Rafiq reluctantly vowed before The Home Affairs Committee to disassociate from The Gatestone Institute. Within days of this Quilliam and Gatestone representatives were again sharing a stage together.

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Even giving Maajid Nawaz and Quilliam the benefit of the doubt as well-meaning  in all aspects then it’s their ineptitude that’s given such influence that is terrifying.. I’d like to draw your attention to the Libyan disaster which began in 2011 to demonstrate this.

Nawaz credits himself and his Quilliam colleague (ex LIFG) Noman Benotman with being both the war cheerleaders-in-chief and actively involved in the UK’s mission to regime-change Libya. Quilliam issued a press release demanding regime-change in Libya, going as far to clamour for (illegal) “surgical strikes” on the “Gadaffi family”.

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Six weeks later three of Gadaffi’s grandchildren, all under twelve-years-old, were murdered instantly  when a Nato F-16 launched three missiles onto their home in a so-called surgical strike.

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Radical, page 368, Maajid Nawaz

“Crush Benghazi”

Earlier on page 368  of Radical we see Nawaz describe the war effort as the “people’s war”. A supposedly  humanitarian intervention to save Libyans from Gadaffi in his genocidal attempts to “crush Benghazi”.  As I am sure you are aware the truth behind the all the spin and war propaganda was quite different.

  • Humanitarian threat grossly exaggerated. Gadaffi didn’t threaten civilian population – Boston Globe
  • Viagra Rape claims are mass hysteria says UN Human Rights Investigator – The Herald Sun
  • Human Rights Watch: Gadaffi’s actions didn’t indicate genocide or mass atrocities was iminent – New Republic
  • US Intelligence Asset in Libya: Gadaffi had given specific orders not to target civilians – The Washington Times

The “Peoples War”

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Belhaj’s Rendition Schedule

So what of this so-called peoples war? The reality on the ground was that the Commander of The Tripoli Military Council Abdelhakim Belhadj was also the Emir of The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). Belhadj fought on the side of Bin Laden and  the other Mujahideen in the Afghan-Soviet jihad and later alongside the Taleban against British Forces in Afghanistan. The UK knows of his lifelong devotion to International jihad- They were directly involved in the CIA’s rendition of Belhaj to Gadaffi. 

Libyan rebel commander (Belhadj) admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

Belhaj was also named as a suspect in the Madrid Train Bombings by Spain’s then Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar.

The LIFG swore loyalty to Al Qaeda in 2007 and it’s members have occupied leading positions within Al Qaeda itself. The LIFG has been designated a terrorist organisation by the UN, The UK and The USA.

“The esteemed leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group have announced their allegiance to the Al-Qaeda network”

– Al-Qaeda (then) number two Ayman al-Zawahiri

This is from the United Nations:

LIFG

So no “people’s war”. No imminent threat to “crush Benghazi”. What is Quilliam and Nawaz’s response?

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Unsurprising given the events that have transpired Quilliam have scrubbed that link from their site. However, I’ve tracked it down. “Counter-Extremist” Quilliam’s apologetics for an Al Qaeda affiliate and a UK-listed terrorist organisation are outrageous. How can a UK Government advisor endorse a report that plays down the dangers and significance of a UK designated terrorist organisation!? To encourage the British people to support (another) war based on lies in alliance with a designated terrorist organisation…Because they’ve rebranded and now supposedly love democracy?

This is from the Quilliam paper, the so-called “rebuttal” informing us that Bin Laden’s Libyan friends are essentially liberating nationalists and “freedom fighters”. Incredible.

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“We Came. We Saw. He Died” – The Consequences of The “Peoples War”

I appreciate Prime Minister that British Imperialist wars are nothing new but I urge you to consider the catastrophic consquences this war has had  on Libya and it’s people . There is almost half a million Internally Displaced People in Libya. We have seen the black Tawergha ethnically cleansed by the heroic “people”. Black Libyans have been held in cages and force-fed Libyan flags under threat of death.

If not, consider the fissures it has created in the region. The Algerian oil facility hostage massacre carried out by Al Qaeda was a direct consequence of the “peoples war”. So too the AQ-Tuareg-Malian conflict. Libyan arms seized by the “people” have fuelled conflicts and taken unknown numbers of lives in Syria, Somalia (Al Shabab), The Sinai and elsewhere.

If you are genuinely incapable of altruism then consider blowback. The peoples (jihadists) war has been a vital stepping-stone to the rise of ISIS and Libya is now an ISIS stronghold.Oil Wells and Airports have been taken and the once regionally prosperous and secular state is now being referred to as a “Jihadists Paradise“. A senior US Intelligence official even claims that  Belhadj has emerged as an ISIS in Libya leader.

What should alarm you Prime Minister is that ISIS have stated their intention to use its Libyan stronghold – A legacy of David Cameron’s so-called “success” – as a Gateway to Europe and export the “unbearable atrocities and executions” we’ve delivered upon the Libyan people.

Above all else , please find some “counter-extremist” advisors who won’t take us further down this path of destruction. At the very least one capable of remorse…

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Sam Harris: The Lack of Transparency In My Journalism Is For Your Benefit

I’m reluctant to respond to the verbose ramblings of a Sam Harris acolyte, doubly so one who has shoehorned into his rant both homophobic and misogynistic slurs and previously written “In Defense of Tommy Robinson”.

I’m actively trying to extract of anything of substance; in all sincerity – Anything beyond the  irrelevant, the whataboutery, the ad-hominen attacks, the misrepresentations and the obfuscation.  I’ll reread for the third time…

This in it’s entirety is the closest I can get to a relevant and coherent argument.

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On the face of it it’s utter nonsense. Certainly nothing there is worth “bearing in mind”.

Maybe a timeline is in order?

  • May 25 2011: Sam Harris launches a diatribe against Muslims entitled “Bombing Our Illusions” in which he openly calls for the “ethnic profiling” of Muslims. It is published in The Huffington Post.  He calls for no compromise on not only Muslims being ethnically profiled by the State but insists Muslims must also profile their fellow Muslims within their communities.
  • 2011-2015: Harris repeatedly speaks out of both sides of his mouth on the issue of racial/ethnic profiling, often contradicting himself. (“Ethnic” profiling is “racial” profiling ). He is attacked periodically by those that value equal rights for all and civil liberties.
  • March 12, 2015: Arthur Chu of Salon denigrates Harris for his advancement of “Islamophobic racism”. He attacks Harris for his “racial profiling” advocacy.
  • Between March 8th and March 20, 2015: The Web Archive shows that  Sam Harris secretly edited his website to remove his call to “ethnically profile” Muslims. No notification is given to his audience of this amendment. Almost four years after Bombing Our Illusions was first published.
  • March 16, 2016: Harris’ secret editing is spotted by a Twitter  user and his breach of journalistic ethics travels around Twitter.
  • April 2016: Harris excuses himself for his lack of transparency. He publishes “his editorial policy” which run contrary to universally accepted journalistic codes of ethics. For example, The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Conduct states:

Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public…Journalists should:…– Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly

As you will now (hopefully) observe you’ve wasted both of our time defending clear breaches of journalistic ethics. Hopefully, next time you’ll spend more time in contemplation if you can fight the Pavlovian response to defend the infallible cult-leader.

So-Called “Muslim Reformer” Dr Zuhdi Jasser – Physician, Reform Thyself!

Back in the 1980s, I had a phone interview with Gen. Edward Lansdale, the famed CIA propagandist and model for a key character in The Ugly American. Lansdale told me that the real trick of propaganda was not to plant stories in an outlet that was known to be controlled (because then a person’s defenses were up), but to get the false information into venues that the public thought to be independent.

That way, Lansdale said, the public’s defenses would be down and the propaganda would be more effective.  – Robert Parry, The NYT’s Favor and Fear

On December 7th,  2015, a strange thing happened; thirteen middle-to-upper class Western Muslims met in Washington and  declared themselves arbitrators of what it is to be an acceptable Muslim. Stranger still, spearheading this “movement” were  Zuhdi Jasser and Raheel Raza – employees of  overtly pro-Israel and anti-Islam groups The Clarion Fund and the Gatestone Institute who both promoted the launch.

Jasser is the founder/President of the American Islamic Forum For Democracy (AIFD). Scrutinising AIFD’s benefactors a clear picture emerges of the world from which Jasser operates within. A staunchly pro-Israel/anti-Islam world. Featuring a whose-who of the anti-Islam lobby – Pipes, Horowitz, Spencer, Doug Murray, Frank Gaffney, Brigitte Gabriel and Steve Emerson.

 

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Seth Klarman is a Jewish billionaire waiting to fill Sheldon Adelson’s throne. He has been promoted by hate-group leader Robert Spencer; whom he indirectly funds through Islamophobia Godfather, Daniel Pipes.

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Hope Winters formerly sat on the board of The Israel Project. She has funded the work of hate-group leader Pamela Geller.

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Richard Levitt currently sits on the Advisory and Action Council of Iowans for Israel. Formerly, he was also on the board of Directors at the Israel Project being replaced by his son Randall; who also sits on the board at JINSA.

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Nina Rosenwald, a patron of Jasser’s Clarion Fund and The President of the Gatestone Institute has been Christened “The Sugar-Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate” by Max Blumenthal and it’s Rosenwald/Jasser’s Clarion and Gatestone both leading the (altrusitic?) demand for Muslims to “reform”. So who are they? Or more pertinently, who were they before their respective “Muslim Reform” transparent make-overs?

Gatestone are a pro-Israel/Neocon think-tank founded by Nina Rosenwald. To get an idea of their output the Zionist terrorist Anders Breivik’s Manifesto mentions twenty-five of their listed authors.  Most notably the Gatestone anti-Islam author “Fjordman”, who Breivik had been in contact with and was named by Norwegian Police as “an essentially central witness” to the twin Oslo terror attacks.

In an apparent act of duplicity Haras Rafiq, the MD of the supposed counter-extremist think-tank Quilliam denied all knowledge of the Islamophobic core at the heart of the Gatestone Institute, an organisation they’d previously flirted with. When presented with unrefutable evidence by the Home Select Committee of its Islamophobia he vowed never to allow Quilliam to be entangled with Gatestone again. Just days later Quilliam’s own Usama Hasan was flanking Jasser and Asra Nomani, on a D.C. platform “reforming” Muslims…

If there is a  difference beyond stationery between the Clarion Fund and fundamentalist Jewish organization Aish Ha Torah it’s not apparent. See: here, here and here (with bonus Zuhdi Jasser in Clarion’s propaganda film “obsession”).

Aish are a pro-Jewish-settler movement backed by the Israeli Government whose members run sites advising how to “prevent intermarriage”

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Orthodox Judaism Reform? Settler Reform? Does Jasser care?

Zasser’s lack of credentials as a “moderate reformer” are matched only by his lack of credentials as a “terrorism expert”.  His “secularist-Muslim” identity aside he is as “moderate” as Dick Cheney and has been adding his Muslim voice/name  to Neocon projects since at least 2004 when he endorsed (as a Muslim) Bush-Cheney and their War on Terror.

It’s impossible to say whether he’s been invited to suckle on the Islamophobia cash-cow because his actual extremist views are consistent with the Zionist/Neocon militarist narrative of his patrons or if he’s tailored his views to fit the narrative and ride the gravy-train. Either way, as he’s sitting on the board at Nina Rosenwald’s Gatestone Institute and the Clarion Fund he’s been well rewarded for his efforts.

Whenever his friends on Fox require a Muslim to validate their Islamophobia he appears. If a McCartyite needs a Muslim face for his anti-Muslim witch-hunt he appears . If  Republicans require a Muslim to rubber-stamp their militarism in the Muslim world he appears. Need a Muslim to justify your racist policies? Hirsi Ali is busy? Call Jasser.

So who better than Zuhdi Jasser – The Muslim who stays on-message – to front a “Muslim” group to hammer home the Zionist/Neocon narrative that it’s barbaric Islam and not intervention/occupation that radicalizes Muslims?

As Machiavellian grey-propaganda goes it’s sublime. Comparable to the apartheid regime hiring American blacks to publically defend white supremacy in South Africa.  Afterall, who could possibly object to a “moderate” Muslim group? Closer inspection reveals it is far more complex and agenda-driven. An anti-Islam agenda.

How a Jewish Schoolgirl Exposed The Hypocritical Agenda of The Anti-“Regressive Left”

Bethany (Benny)  Koval, a Jewish-Israeli teenager attending Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey is a courageous and outspoken defender of Palestinian human-rights.  In the so-called land of “freedom of speech” her forthright opinions  denouncing “apartheid” in Israel and the “terrorist” nature of Israel’s 2014 brutal assault on Gaza which killed primarily civilians, including hundreds of children were shifted from unwelcome to potentially criminal.

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Despite Zionist media’s attempts to demonize her her heroic defiance against her school’s attempts to brow-beat her into silence she inspired a groundswell  of support and solidarity from around the world. Anonymous stood behind her and a supporter set up a Gofundme (Donate: Here) to assist her in defending her rights.  However, one group of otherwise “freedom of speech” jihadis have been noticeable in their collective absence – That of the New Atheists and their Muslim ally Maajid Nawaz.

Their silence makes it apparent that to them outrage over assaults on freedom of speech shall be reserved for the powerful punching-down on the weak. Not for the weak punching up at the powerful; where they conveniently and collectively perch.

Rather than rush to defend a victimised Jewish anti-Zionist High-School student they reserve their outrage for powerful anti-Islam extremists such as the Neocon Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the new atheist far-right zealot Anne-Marie Waters.  An irony not lost on the remarkably astute Bethany who told me that it’s “Wild that dehumanization is more acceptable than criticizing a government.”

For those paying attention this double-standard should come as no surprise. On the same day Bethany Koval was being  threatened with criminal charges New Atheism’s unofficial spokesman Richard Dawkins was shamelessly praising and promoting the SPLC listed anti-Islam hate group leader Brigitte Gabriel. Gabriel is a literal hasbarist, being in the employ of Jewish fundamentalist Aish’s Hasbara Fellowship. Dawkins described her as “wonderfully eloquent”.  Likewise, his co-anti-theist Gad Saad has praised hysterical anti-Muslim extremist Pamela Geller as a “defender of liberty

New Atheist Emir  and anti-Islam crusader Sam Harris donates to Israeli intelligence-linked Likud propaganda disseminator MEMRI.  Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein was so outraged they’d doctored his interview to misrepresent him he proved it.

Harris’ Muslim Siamese twin, Nawaz –  who has come out against BDS – has his UK organisation heavily funded by a GOP patron family in America that has urged the punishment of BDS activists  as “without punishment, we’re just stating a lot of stuff on paper.

New Atheist court-jester and habitual “regressive left” accuser Dave Rubin  has openly rationalised Israeli War Crimes, fervently defending Israeli bombing of a UN protected school. He even considers anti-Zionism to be anti-semitism.

It is the convergence of these new atheist talking-points, the urge to “punish” for non-existent crimes that has seen Bethany Koval threatened and bullied for her speech.  Bethany Koval, physically far removed from the Israel-Palestine conflict has become another victim of it and the advancement of the New Atheist-Zionist-Hate Group narrative of the Palestinian-Muslim “savage” and the Israeli victim.

Bethany’s school should be celebrating the fact they’ve helped develop a hugely impressive and courageous individual not punishing her for not alligning with the collective.

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Bethany Koval’s Statement To School Authorities.

Richard Dawkins. White Privilege And Black Slavery

Never short of a headline-grabbing proclamation around a book-release date Richard Dawkins has frequently declared parental religious instruction to be a form of “child abuse”.  An abuse  he perceives to be arguably worse than actual child sexual-abuse and certainly worse than the traditional  British public school “mild” paedophilic groping, of which he suffered.

The Evangelical atheist has been markedly less vocal on another form of child-abuse he endured – That of his  white privileged upbringing.  As a child he was immersed in the racist entitlement of the white-ruled British colony of Nyasaland (now Malawi) where he had black native servants to serve his white family tea from silver teapots on the lawn and subsequently as Richard’s  father John claimed the “family inheritance” – the Over Norton Estate in Oxfordshire . This newly inherited wealth was originally amassed primarily by the “negroe” slave-owning Dawkins clan in the West Indies as they expanded their sugar-cane empire  generation-after-generation.

Through this inheritance Dawkins’ own privileged  lifestyle at Over Norton  and later life-opportunities were  assisted by the blood and sweat of the black chattel slaves who had been the property of the Jamaican Dawkinses before him.

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The land-taking Dawkins clan’s history of black enslavement began in the 1660s and their racist exploitation proved so succesful that by the mid eighteenth century the family had amassed 25,000 acres and had become absentee enslavers. They migrated to Britain and Dawkins’ future birthright, Over Orton Estate was purchased.

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Source: Sugar and Slavery: An Economic History of the British West Indies, 1623-1775

The vast and immorally gained Dawkins family fortune was to increase dramatically (and immorally) again in 1833 in compensation payments following the  abolition of slavery in UK. The Dawkins clan were forced to release the shackels of their human property. However, the slavers were to be handsomly compensated. The British Government was to pay a total of £20 Million pounds to the slave-owners, which today translates to £16.5 billion.

UCL’s Legacy of British Slave Ownership project lists the Dawkins’s as owning apx 1,800 slaves in 1833 for which they were compensated apx £30,000 which translates today to £47 Million in payouts.

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Today, in acerage alone, the 220 acre Over Orton is worth over $2 Million. The Sunday Times estimated Dawkins’ personal wealth at $135 Million (2012). There is also The Richard Dawkins Foundation whose largest donors (2013) came from Wall Street figures, historically no friends of the colonised and oppressed.  This income is supplemented by Dawkins’ most obsessive of acolytes who commit to paying up to $5,000 yearly to be in the same room as him.  No discounts are given to poverty-stricken Malawians  with an average income of $250 a year. Both now and during Dawkins’ colonialist childhood circumstances exclude them from eating at Dawkins’ table.

We acquire habits of conduct, not by constructing a way of living upon rules or precepts learned by heart and subsequently practiced, but by living with people who habitually behave in a certain manner: we acquire habits of conduct in the same way as we acquire our native language.

Michael Oakeshott, British Philosopher

So can we draw a straight line between Dawkins’ development in colonial Africa where the white British man’s culture dominated over the inferior”savages” and the Dawkins of today who has gained a cult following making boorish and culturally-supremacist outbursts?

Would Richard Dawkins be obsessing over dismantling a white Etonian boy who had been already terribly wronged like he did with young Ahmed the “fraud”? Would he ever feel “visceral revulsion” upon seeing an item of “British” clothing like he does with the Burqa (which he referred to as a “bin-liner”)? Would his shriek of “To hell with their culture!” be out of place on his family’s slave plantation?

Most importantly, can Richard Dawkins acknowledge the devastating contemporary effects of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism instead of constantly agitating against the victims because of their religion/culture?

With your vast wealth, influence and foundation you are well positioned to help the victims of colonialism (irrespective of religious beliefs). Please do.

I believe you owe them an enormous debt.