Politics & Current Affairs

Je Suis Muslim!

hasan's picPhoto by Hasan Hamid.

David Cameron has turned up the heat in the West’s near quarter-century ideological offensive against Muslims.

The Independent reports today that there are to be tougher measures aimed at those Muslims who “…fail to oppose Islamist extremism.” The paper quotes the Prime Minister thus: “People who say, ‘Well, of course I don’t support terrorism. But a caliphate is that such a bad idea?’ Or people who say, ‘Do you know what? Christians and Muslims, we can’t really live together. And suicide bombing [is] alright in Israel, even if it’s not alright in America. “These are unacceptable views. We’ve got to call them out and confront them,” said Mr Cameron. “We’ve got to defeat the narrative of extremism, even when it’s not connected to the violence.”

Of course, the reader will search in vain for similar measures aimed at other faith groups or religions. Demands for white Christian communities to condemn Anders Breivik’s mass-murdering rampage on Utøya were not so much thin on the ground as entirely absent. Indeed, we could reasonably say that Breivik was a direct result of the West’s campaign of politicised Islamophobia. It would be perfectly fair to say, in fact, that Breivik had become’ radicalised.’

It is now a cliché that any acts of violence by individual Muslims or groups of Muslims are automatically designated acts of ‘terrorism.’ Equally, any lynchings, shootings – or fire-bombing of churches favoured by black people by white extremists – are never terrorism; the perpetrators are invariably ‘loners’ who are ‘disturbed’ or suffering from other unnamed mental illnesses. Ditto the white teenagers who shoot up US schools and slaughter children on a depressingly regular basis.

Similarly, the revelation of a paedophile ring comprising predominantly, or exclusively, Muslim men prompts fevered and hysterical commendations of Muslim ‘culture’ (as if Islam is some sort of homogenised group-mind directing the activities of its 1.6 billion adherents) and media commentators endlessly ponder what it is about ‘their’ culture and traditions that predisposes Muslims to child abuse.

The hypocrisy is sickening. There is now, beyond any reasonable doubt, evidence that an establishment paedophile ring has functioned for decades at the heart of British society, involving high-ranking politicians, entertainers and other VIPS. These would be white non-Muslim men, of course. Jimmy Saville alone probably raped and abused more children than every child-abusing follower of Islam in  the UK combined. And we know that Saville was facilitated by scores of other worthies; establishment pals who knew of his activities. As is well known he was a friend and confidant of and to no less a pillar of the white British establishment than Prince Charles…

We can only await the academics, journalists and politicians launching enquires and studies into what it is about white Western Christian culture that produces a desire to rape kids and, if the disturbing anecdotal evidence is to be believed, kill them.

But Christianity, Western neoliberalism, US imperialism can never be the cause of innocent lives lost. Muslims, on the other hand, are guilty until proven innocent.

Cynical political expediency on behalf of the US and its proxies, especially post-911, is the heart of the tsunami of Islamophobia that continues to sweep Europe and the United States. But at home in the UK it’s easily expedited by the legacy of empire and all that that entailed; invasion, genocide, land and resource-theft on an industrial scale and the racist division between them – brown-skinned savages of a psychopathic bloodthirsty bent – and us – enlightened civilised superior white folks.  Who cares about the historical evidence? Islam’s centuries-old civilisation that gifted the world so much in the fields of science, the arts and philosophy? Instead, Richard Dawkins sneering at the alleged paucity of Muslims with degrees.

It’s the sort of mindset that even allows patrician privileged white men to draw a distinction between the methods that they deploy to massacre people and those utilised by ‘them.’ As evidenced by Cameron who, in the same article, referenced “suicide bombs in Israel.” Suicide bombs, clearly, are the sort of despicable tactic beloved of evil Islamic basket-cases while, as anyone knows, a decent white chap will at least have the courtesy of launching napalm, missiles and white phosphorous onto children from the comparative safety of 40,000 feet.

It’s tempting to finish an article like this with the expected condemnation of IS/ISIS/ISIL, call it what you will (although this writer prefers the term Daesh), and to draw a distinction between them and the overwhelming majority of the world’s Muslims. But that isn’t going to happen. No one should feel compelled to condemn such an outfit; it should be taken as a given.

Instead, let’s offer the PM the best advice for the most effective way of heading off the ‘radicalisation’ of Britain’s Muslims; stop the bombing and invasion of Muslim lands. Stop arming Israel and, instead, condemn the continuing Zionist apartheid and slaughter of the Palestinians.

In the current climate we should all stand up and declare: Je Suis Muslim!


Turkish Delight

Stopped at a nearby garage/convenience store this morning.

At the counter two customers – 50ish white men, complete with beer guts and crap tattoos – discuss the recent events in Tunisia.  Lots of hang them-shoot them-flog them-bomb-the-bastards rhetoric.

Meanwhile the Turkish proprietor keeps an admirably blank and neutral face.

I pay for my petrol and as I turn to leave one of them says to the other: “I’d never go on holiday to a fucking shitty Muslim country anyway. You never know what’s gonna kick off!”

Well, you know me; I do my best but I’m weak. I can’t help myself. So…

…I chip in with “Damn right, pal. Me neither”

He responds eagerly. “Yeah? Nice one, mate!”

“Absolutely,” I continue. “Who wants to spend their holiday worrying about the Yanks bombing the shit out of you and your kids? Mind you, if all your kind have a similar view, at least I’d be guaranteed a bigot-free holiday zone so you know; swings and roundabouts, eh?”


As I leave I catch the faintest trace of a smirk on the proprietor’s face.

Politics & Current Affairs

Sad Times at Chapel Hill

I’m on the home-straight, currently, with my second book and I took a break from finishing the thing, earlier, and was confronted by unending coverage of the terrorist attack – sorry, actually it was just plain old murder, apparently – of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Actually, I wasn’t, sorry. It was two hours before I saw any mention of the incident on TV. Of course, these three were people. You know; actual human beings before they were Muslims so let’s respond like human beings and use the names they were given. They were 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor MohammadAbu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

A forty-six year-old white man, Christopher Hicks, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of terrorism. Damn it, I keep doing that shit. Sorry, let’s try again. The initial reports didn’t mention his skin colour or ethnicity or any religious affiliation or lack thereof and the charges were for first-degree murder, not terrorism. Chief copper-in-charge Chris Blue reckoned the slayings were “motivated by an ongoing neighbour dispute over parking.”

Weirdly, though, it seems Hicks is a militant atheist with a Facebook profile covered in anti-theist posts and anti-religious rants of what could reasonably be described as a radical nature. Could this be, you know, a hate-related or terrorist attack, like the ones all those crazy Muslims do, instead of a spat over a parking place? Hicks posted on his Facebook page something that many of us might be consider to be a bit of a clue: “Your religion started this, not me. If your religion kept its big mouth shut, so would I.” Eventually Blue conceded, “We understand the concerns about the possibility that this was hate-motivated and we will exhaust every lead to determine if that is the case.” I just bet you will, whitey…

Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry and the deceased Christopher Hitchens have been called out by Rupert Murdoch demanding the atheist trio apologise for the murders and, on behalf of atheists everywhere, distance themselves from this atrocity and condemn it in no uncertain terms. Reports that Gay Byrne is pissing himself laughing are yet to be confirmed.

Benjamin Netanyahu was shocked by the murders but reiterated that Israel has the right to defend itself and then wondered, hopefully, if this now meant there was a house and some land going begging?

UK atheists need to brace themselves. We can expect parents being urged to grass up their kids if they show signs of atheist radicalisation. Teachers will be pressured into informing the relevant body if their charges show an unhealthy interest in the reactionary crap spewed out by Dawkins and Amazon are facing an unprecedented demand to ban anything written by him and fellow atheist radicals.

And, of course, the hashtag #jesuisDeahShaddyBarakatYusorMohammadAbu-SalhaRazanMohammadAbu-Salha didn’t go viral at all.                                                            Still, there was this on Twitter…