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Friday, 9 January 2015

After Charlie Hebdo, some questions for Leftists & Liberals

 



How many outrages and terrorist attacks would there need to be before you - and you more innocent and naive Left-Liberal fellow travellers –start to question your own assumptions about Islam and “most Muslims”?


A bombing or massacre every few months in Europe? Every month? Or every week (as in Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, parts of India, etc.)?

How many more convicted – as well as unconvicted - British Muslim grooming-gangs are you prepared to rationalise away? How many more Muslim ghettos in the UK will you accept? How many more Saudi-funded mosques and madrasses will you welcome?

To show you exactly how far this Leftist Islamophilia (or unscrupulous opportunism) has actually gone, here are two quotes from the two primary anti-“Islamohobia” organisations working in the UK: Hope Not Hate and the Socialist Workers Party (or Unite Against Fascism as it is sometimes known).



This is what Nick Lowles (Hope Not Hate) said about Charlie Hebdo in 2012:




The so-called 'Counter-Jihadists' (real definition ‘Muslim haters’)know full well that an incendiary video, poster, cartoon or burning will create a reaction from extremists across the world. ...... Last week there was the Innocence of Muslims video. This week we have a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, publishing obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Next week we will have Pam Geller's outrageous "savage" posters.... These Muslim haters...”

(See this Nope, Not Hope link.)

And only yesterday, the SWP (on its websiteSocialist Worker) doesn't criticise the Paris killers: it criticises the dead instead.

This is what it says about Charlie Hebdo:




The media present Charlie Hebdo as simply a 'satirical magazine'... it has become a specialist in presenting provocative and racist attacks on Islam.... We should not be fooled into backing a war against Muslims masquerading as a fight for free speech.”

Islam in Europe

What you have to realise – some of you already do – is that whenever the Muslim population reaches a certain (higher) level in a “host country” (i.e., a non-Muslim country), then there is violence. It has happened in southern Thailand,southern Philippines, Nigeria, many parts of West Africa, Burma, Kazakhstan, parts of China, parts of Indonesia, etc. It has also happened throughout the 1,400 years of Islamic history.

So what needs to happen before you socialists or progressives change your tune on Islam and Muslims? Large-scale civil conflict? Civil war? Is that what you're waiting for?

Perhaps these are rhetorical questions because most of the Leftists I know keep themselves firmly insulated from contradictory positions and ideas (from any “cognitive dissonance”); lest their faith in Leftist/Marxist theology is challenged.

In any case, a minority of Leftists are indeed waiting for mass violence and conflict.

They are praying for such mass violence and conflict (what they call“destabilisation”) in the way they once prayed for mass unemployment. And they do so because, historically, that's when International Socialists – as well as National Socialists (Nazis) –come into their own:



i) Leftists want people to suffer because suffering brings about what they call “radicalisation”.

ii) Radicalisation will bring about – they hope - revolutionary socialist power.

iii) And (more) political power is the name of the Leftist's game.



Outside the radical and violent Left, I would also advise people to stop relying on what Muslims say in The Guardian, on the BBC or at interfaith events. Almost every Muslim I've heard speak, spoken to and read about - outside that comfortable littleGuardian/BBC/Interfaith fantasy world - believes in jihad; as well as death for apostasy and blasphemy.

So it's okay being all ostentatiously nice and supremely tolerant about all these things. But what if that niceness and tolerance comes along with stupidity and blind faith?

That deep and profound faith in the essential goodness of Islam and most Muslims is far more dangerous than the threat posed by any genuinely fascist or Nazi group.

Knowledge of Islam?

Leftists, Left-Liberals and even the non-political often simply assume that the critics of Islam are critics (or “bigots”, “racists”,“xenophobes”, etc.) precisely because they're ignorant of “true Islam” and Muslims.

However, in my experience, the truth is the exact opposite of that. It is Leftists and Islamophiles who usually know next-to-nothing about Islam. Indeed such knowledge isn't even required of Leftists, according to Marxist theory.

Consequently, how much does the average Leftist actually know about Islam and Muslim history? Probably very little – if anything.

Has the average Leftist or strident anti-”Islamophobe” read the Koran and hadith? What does he know about the imperialist history of Islam before the Crusades? Do he know that the Islamic “Golden Age”ended some 800 years ago and - on some accounts - only lasted less than three hundred years? (And even in that period, there was Islamic imperialism, conquest, persecution, interfaith conflict, massive violence, etc.) Could he name a single well-known (to the West) Muslim philosopher or scientist who existed after the 13th century? Do he know how many tens of millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists died in the endless jihads against India?

Will that Islamic history of violence give Leftists cognitive dissonance and challenge their Leftist theology?

According to Marxism, Islam is a mere “epiphenomenon of [bad] socio-economics conditions”. It's simply a wheel in a mechanism that has no real function. Instead, it's all really about socio-economic conditions. More usually, it's all really about Western capitalism’s role in the Muslim world.

To put it plainly, Leftist theory deems Islam itself to be irrelevant. However, this isn't to say that no Leftist “theoreticians” have ever studied Islam. (A very small number have.) Though when they have done so, they have simply stressed its “socio-economic and political basis”. (The SWP's Chris Harmangraphically displays this position in this article.)

Thus this Leftist ignorance of Islam is (in most cases) self-willed.

To the average Leftist, his or her grandstanding tolerance of all Muslims, piety about Islam and a blind adherence to Marxist/Leftist theology is far more important than knowledge of Islam.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

The SWP & Hope Not Hate Attack Charlie Hebdo

 


Predictably, the SWP (in its websiteSocialist Worker) doesn't criticise the Paris killers: it criticises the dead instead!

This is what the Socialist Workers Party says about Charlie Hebdo:

The media present Charlie Hebdo as simply a 'satirical magazine'... it has become a specialist in presenting provocative and racist attacks on Islam.... We should not be fooled into backing a war against Muslims masquerading as a fight for free speech.”

That's not a surprise: this is what Nick Lowles (Hope Not Hate) said about Charlie Hebdo in 2012:

The so-called 'Counter-Jihadists' (real definition ‘Muslim haters’)know full well that an incendiary video, poster, cartoon or burning will create a reaction from extremists across the world. ...... Last week there was the Innocence of Muslims video. This week we have a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, publishing obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Next week we will have Pam Geller's outrageous "savage" posters.... These Muslim haters...”

(See this Nope, Not Hope link.)

These Leftists are saying exactly what Muslims are saying: Charlie Hebdo asked for it! (The words Nick Lowles actually uses!)

Then again, some well-known Leftist playwright - I forget his name - once said that he “would shed no tears if Salman Rushdie were killed”.

The SWP's little write-up on the massacre in Paris sums this Trotskyist group up nicely: it's all jargon, soundbite and virtually no substance.

The SWP never moves beyond Private Eye's Dave Spart. They are eternally stuck at the level of a first-year student. Perhaps that's why 98% of its foot-soldiers are first-year students. However, its leaders are all middle-aged and older. Two of them are the descendents of Lords.

So the Left just gets even more extreme on this issue.

Leftists are moving from being the whores-of-Islam, to being its masochistic slaves.

Indeed the more bombs go off, the more kuffarare killed, etc., the stronger and more strident the Trotskyist/communist/“progressive” defence of Muslims and Islam becomes.

It's almost as if these Leftists are trying to bring about a“revolutionary situation” - which they think they can use to their own advantage.

As the phrase has it: “The worse it is, the better it is”... for socialist revolutionaries.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Bad People or a Bad Religion?


 




It's funny when people say that it's not Islam itself that makes people do bad things: it's that bad people choose the bad parts of Islam to do bad things (or who make the good parts bad).

The good people, of course, choose the good parts of Islam and even make the bad parts good.

Is that taken as a given? Is the statement

"There is no bad religion. There are only bad people."

true by definition (or analytic)?

Of course it's not! People believe it on faith. There is, therefore, faith within religion and faith about all religions. (At least in the Church of Interfaith.)

This is silly because it can also be applied to Nazism, communism and even the theology of Pol Pot.

I'm more than happy to admit that there were some positive aspects to Nazism (heath care, the autobahns, animal rights, etc.) and communism (health care, etc.); though the overall impact was very negative and genocidal.

In addition, the general totalitarian and warlike nature of Islam - as well as of Nazism and communism - negates all the positive aspects.