The attempt to smear Mehdi Hasan from the New Statesman goes from the absurd to the farcical. First, a writer on HP (Brownie) accepts that perhaps the original piece was a bit over-blown. Then, the second installment drops the word ‘exposed’. C’mon guys – where is your sense of conviction? I thought you were unleashing on to the world all the nasty things Mehdi Hasan has done or said?
Instead, it offers a desperate bunch of quotes pic’n'mixed from different sources, essentially saying: Look this guy disagrees with us! How dare a left-wing magazine offer him space!? This from a blog that was cheer-leading the invasion of Iraq (and its main writers still refuse to accept what a monumental fuck-up that was) giving other people lectures on how lefties should behave. Got to admire their chutzpah!
There is this gem though where our ‘insider’ jumps on quote by Hasan:
We have ten to our name despite the fact that we are 1.2 billion Muslims. Our Jewish brethren who we spend so much time fighting and arguing with: 12 million Jews in the world and 150 nobel prizes to their name.
You might think he’s saying that Jews are our brethren and that we should learn from them by investing in education. No? Apparently, our Islamist-under-the-bed finders come out with:
And why does he believe it necessary to bring talk of Jews, battles and fighting into a talk about Muslim education? The answer, so it appears to me, is because he believes that â€œthe kaffarâ€ are actively opposed to Islam and Muslims, and he believes the â€œMuslim worldâ€ must prepare to defend themselves.
Why bring Jews and fighting into the same sentence? He must want to annihilate them! Terrorist!! In fact, I’m still confused here – what is Harry’s Place exposing him as? At least one view expressed by a commenter was not deleted or even challenged
In the light of this, can those of us who contribute to this site from the Islamosceptic wing please have an apology for being described as paranoid, racist, petty-minded, hateful, obsessed and all the rest when we have pointed out the nature of mainstream Islam and the taqqiya that goes with it.
As I said earlier, it’s obvious the sort of paranoia that Harry’s Place is deliberately feeding into.
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