For reasons best known to Betsy Reed and Glenn Greenwald, the Islamist Mehdi Hasan is still permitted to write for The Intercept.
I for one am glad that he has a job, as Mr. Hasan, who has in the past claimed that non-Muslims, unbelievers, and atheists live like cattle and animals, has now interviewed Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. What follows is truly illuminating, but not for the reasons The Intercept or Mehdi Hasan would like to think.
Though this would in most cases be an opportunity for Americans to gain an insight into the character of the man with whom the President has frequently clashed, all that is provided is a hit-piece on Donald Trump and Islamist propaganda.
The contrast between the two men could not be starker: the son of an immigrant bus driver versus the son of a millionaire property developer; the brown-skinned Muslim versus the white nationalist Islamophobe.
As much as it would be easy to denounce rhetoric like this for being inflammatory, one must always be thankful for opportunities to witness your opponents speaking at ease.
Khan signed his name to a letter to Tony Blair in 2006, which stated that U.K. foreign policy, especially in relation to Iraq and Israel, risked “putting civilians at increased risk both in the U.K. and abroad” and provided “ammunition to extremists.”
Hasan quizzes the Mayor on if he still believes this to be so- Hasan is a staunch believer that Islamic terrorism would end immediately if only the dreaded Western Imperialists would stop blowing up people committing genocide.
To his credit, Mr. Khan appears to have matured in his views a little in the last 12 years.
“I don’t accept that it’s as simplistic as to say that if we change our foreign policy, it will lead to bad guys going away.”
We can be thankful for small mercies, I suppose- despite the fact that the peerless and sorely missed Christopher Hitchens destroyed the argument that foreign policy is a major factor in Islamic extremism 13 years ago.
...shudder if you ever said, or thought, that the bombs in London in July, or the bombs in Baghdad every day, or the bombs in Bali last Friday, are caused by any "policy" but that of the bombers themselves.
- East Timor was for many years, and quite rightly, a signature cause of the Noam Chomsky "left." The near-genocide of its people is an eternal stain on Indonesia and on the Western states that were complicit or silent. Yet Bin Ladenism wants not less of this killing and repression but more. Its demand to re-establish the caliphate is a pro-imperialist demand, not an anti-imperialist one.
- Random bombings are not a protest against poverty and unemployment. They are a cause of poverty and unemployment and of wider economic dislocation.
- Hinduism is considered by Bin Ladenists to be a worse heresy even than Christianity or Judaism or Shiism, and its adherents, whether in Bali or Kashmir, are fit only for the edge of the sword. So, it is absurd to think of jihadism—which murders the poor and the brown without compunction—as a movement against the rich and the "white."
At Republic Standard, we will reiterate these points until they are accepted as reality by all- because this is reality. Instead of accepting that simple truth, the Islamists Hasan and Khan wish to accuse the President of the United States of that which he is perpetrating himself; sowing division and hatred.
In the interview, Khan says
“We are in danger of amplifying the narrative that Daesh/so-called ISIS have about a ‘clash of civilizations,’ ‘the West hates us,’ by some of the language that Donald Trump has used. He is, if you like, repeating what so-called ISIS/Daesh are saying: ‘The West and Islam are irreconcilable.’ ‘You can’t be a proud American and a proud Muslim.’”
Which Hasan wastes no time in hammering home the point:
Got that? The president of the United States talks like ISIS, according to the mayor of London.
As we have covered in these pages very recently, it is not Westerners who are faking hate-crimes against Muslims. It is not the West that hates Islam.
Skipping over the fact that Mr. Trump has never said that you cannot be a proud American and a proud Muslim, the idea of the clash of civilizations does not originate with ISIS. The Clash of Civilizations was a lecture and essay by The American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington which argued that wars after the fall of Communism would be fought not between countries, but between cultures- and that Islamic extremism would become the biggest threat to world peace. The lecture was given in 1992. I think by any measure, we can see that Mr. Huntington was absolutely correct in his assessment of the world we now live in.
What you are witnessing here is called Taqiyya. It is perfectly acceptable to the Islamist to say or print all manner of lies to deflect attention away from Islam.
I must, however, give some small credit to Mr. Khan for at least not being as rabid an extremist as Mehdi Hasan. Just.
“One of the things that so-called ISIS/Daesh want is for an increase of Islamophobic attacks; they want a backlash against proud Muslims, proud Westerners," Khan says.
One might suggest to these proud Muslims, these proud Westerners, that to defend the civilization they are so proud of they might consider joining the armed forces in representative numbers. In Britain, more Muslims joined ISIS than joined the British Armed Forces. Just saying, there is a saying in Western countries- put your money where your mouth is.
Khan goes on;
“They (ISIS) want Muslims to be the victims of Islamophobic attacks so they start believing the false narrative that ‘the West hates us’ and ‘it’s not possible to be a law-abiding Muslim and a law-abiding Brit or American.’” Trump’s rhetoric, is “very similar to the rhetoric used by so-called ISIS/Daesh.”
Yes, we've covered false narratives in these pages recently, so it's quite surprising and pleasingly meta to read the Mayor of London both complaining about one and posing one in the same sentence.
Perhaps it might be easier to defuse this false narrative about the West-hating Muslims if there was some reciprocity. Some sense of gratitude, perhaps. The West, by any measure you would like to adopt, does not hate Muslims- or anyone else for that matter. Europeans in particular, have shown themselves to arguably be the most tolerant people in the history of humankind, save for perhaps the Jains, who walk around looking at the floor to avoid stepping on ants.
In return the proud, Western Muslim population has remained silent in the face of gang rapes perpetrated by Pakistani Muslim men in the United Kingdom, produced the delightful Linda Sarsour in the United States who hopes Allah recognizes her Jihad against her own president, and done nothing on the European continent to promote Western values over Islamic practices. It is far too easy to claim that murdering french priests for Allah is not real Islam.
As Mr. Khan says himself in his interview with Mehdi Hasan:
We cannot escape the “statistical fact” that a significant number of the acts of terror committed around the world are committed by Muslims who are “using Islam, or using their interpretation of Islam, to justify those acts.”
He continues: “That’s not to say that Islam is responsible, but their interpretation of Islam is used as a motivation. I’m not saying that you and I are responsible because we’re Muslims or you and I should apologize for what’s going on. I do think, though, we can be more effective in explaining … what true Islam is.”
Well, Mr. Khan; if you cannot explain to us what true Islam is while being softballed by a Muslim interviewer for a website that can only be described as Islamophilic, I don't know what more we can do. Please tell us what true Islam is. On behalf of victims of all Islamic terrorism the world over, tell us! Tell us so we can find a way to remain infidels and not be murdered for being so.
Mehdi Hasan himself has said that Islam "must not bend" but has also recognized the deep Anti-Semitism among British Muslims. Will Islam bend to expunge hatred of the Jew from the faith? If not, why not?
Perhaps the Mayor of London can clarify what true Islam is, then. Is it the Islam of Hasan, which says that I and kuffar like me are "cattle of no intelligence” or is it something else? It clearly cannot be the Islam of ISIS, who are bad people. Could true Islam be the Islam of around a third of all Muslims, which demands the death penalty for apostates, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali?
Is true Islam the Islam which over a billion Muslims wish would enforce Sharia Law on the world? Is true Islam the Islam which over 700 million Muslims think endorses the death penalty for adultery- which in many cases includes being a victim of rape? Remember ladies, you have to scream while being defiled, or you really just wanted it.
She is not to be punished if it is proven that he forced her and overpowered her. That may be known from her having screamed and shouted for help.
If none of these examples are true Islam, what is it? What is Islam, if it is not these behaviors that are justified by the Holy Qu'ran?
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of the City of London which saw 13 dead and 106 injured in three separate attacks, does not take this golden opportunity as a Muslim leader to tell us what true Islam is. Instead, he rails against the President of a foreign nation for his tweeting habits.
“The president of the USA has retweeted a tweet from the deputy leader of Britain First, whose name was prayed in aid by the man who murdered my friend Jo Cox,” he says, leaning forward in his chair. “The president of the USA is amplifying that message of hate, intolerance, and division.”
Well then. It appears that the mention of certain words while committing a murder is sufficient to condemn people who had nothing to do with that murder and share no commonalities with the killer at all. This is the perspective of the Mayor of London- when people invoke Allah while stabbing Londoners to death, this is not true Islam. These victims are glossed over. When a far-right white person murders a socialist, the President of the United States of America is complicit.
Why is it, Mr. Khan, that you pose such an obvious double standard? I have no issue with you railing against Mr. Trump, he is a grown adult who has shown himself to be competent in dealing with you himself. What I do find insulting is that you openly demand special treatment for your own faith group at the expense of the nation in which your people are already a protected class.
After the Westminster Bridge attack, terror expert Frank Gaffney of the Washington-based Center for Security Policy said;
“My view is that we are no longer facing random acts of terrorism,” says “We have reached a tipping point. This is now an insurgency.”
“The Muslim terrorist population in Britain and Europe no longer feels constrained to live by stealth,” Gaffney says. “They have built an infrastructure, they have put it in place, and now they are moving up to the next level.”
The interview between the Islamists Hasan and Khan does nothing to countermand this assessment, and in fact proves Mr. Gaffney right. There are many fine and patriotic Muslim citizens in the United Kindom and the United States kept firmly in the back seats by self-interested and substanceless men like Mehdi Hasan and Sadiq Khan. Self-interest in these people includes the exploitation of their status as Muslims and the denigration of the kuffar, as we see in this Intercept piece.