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  • Palestinian resistance and neocons

    by Sunny
    22nd February, 2009 at 9:00 am    

    Just some articles to read folks! I don’t have much time to blog.
    Ben White: Israel’s targeting of civilian resistance to the separation wall proves the two-state solution is now just a meaningless slogan.

    Eric Martin: One of the most curious features of the neoconservative political/philosophical movement is the near reflexive, compulsive tendency on the part of its adherents to conceal the full breadth of their positions, beliefs and ideological moorings.

    Seth Freedman: Four years on, nothing has changed in this West Bank village fighting the encroachment of Israeli settlers.

    Lastly, Maajid Nawaz from Quilliam is on with Douglas Murray and Ann Cryer MP today on BBC1 10am: ‘Is Islam compatible with Liberalism?’

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    1. Sid — on 22nd February, 2009 at 4:50 pm  

      It was worth it if just to see Anjem ‘Moron’ Chaudri make a complete fool of himself and to confirm that, in his own head at least, Islam is incompatible with liberalism.

      Watch again.

    2. Sunny — on 23rd February, 2009 at 2:42 am  

      Maajid did well! Douglas could have been slapped down a few times more though.

    3. Refresh — on 23rd February, 2009 at 3:17 am  

      Yes I would agree with that.

    4. Jai — on 23rd February, 2009 at 5:30 pm  

      I agree with Sunny in #2. Maajid smacked Anjem Choudhry down very well indeed and was clearly refusing to be intimidated by him. He came across extremely well from start to finish.

      I’d love it if Anjem ever came on PP and started voicing his ‘opinions’ (such as they are) here. It would be enjoyable taking him apart. Assuming, of course, that he hasn’t already commented on this blog under other aliases…..I have my suspicions…..

      The problem with Anjem and, as Ravi correctly observed on the now-closed thread, also his online equivalents is that by virtue of their own behaviour and ideas, they do as much as the right-wing racists do to promote Islamophobia, by confirming people’s very worst prejudices and assumptions about Muslims and Islam (which are then erroneously extrapolated to the rest of the Muslim population and indeed anyone “brown”, especially Asians of all backgrounds).

      It’s like someone saying “I want to be regarded as the pleasant, amiable guy that I actually am, but people think I’m a violent, belligerent jerk”, then actually behaving like a violent belligerent jerk, and then (apparently without any irony) becoming outraged when another person points out that he’s not pleasant & amiable at all, and finally threatening to beat the crap out of the other guy for accusing him of belligerence and violence.

      And topping it all off by counter-accusing the other person of being inherently bigotted towards him, with the alleged ‘smoking gun’ evidence being the original allegedly ‘unjustified’ accusation of belligerence and violence, which will then be used by our friend as something justifying his own established hostility towards the accuser in the spirit of ‘self-defence’. It’s a completely self-rationalising circular argument.

      Anjem and his cohorts are as much a liability towards the British Muslim population (and, due to all the conflation these days, also the Asian population as a whole) as Nick Griffin and the BNP. The nonsense captured on last week’s Panorama didn’t help either; not only were those two idiots who accosted the main journalist at Anjem’s get-together clearly mentally disturbed (in the case of the main idiot in particular, sometimes to the point of frothing-mouthed incoherence), but the whole thing — including Anjem’s own “we will overthrow them” ranting — came across like some lunatic Muslim equivalent of a neo-nazi KKK white power rally.

      Anjem may as well start wearing a pointy hood and start calling himself “The Grand Wizard”. Or, perhaps even more appropriately, an arm-band with a funny symbol on it, if you catch my drift.

      The argumentative attention-seeking idiot.

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