Saturday, November 14, 2015

UK neocons and Islam

"Will politicians finally admit that the Paris attacks had something to do with Islam ... The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault."

The Hate Muslims response to the Paris attacks has commenced within hours at The Spectator. 

The writer, Douglas Murray, was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion from 2007 until 2011, a UK group whose principal idea was that Islamism (as they saw it) was a threat to Western society. In 2011 it merged with the Henry Jackson Society and Douglas Murray is its current director. He is also the author of "Neoconservatism: Why We Need It (2005)".

The Principles of the HJS are neocon and the initial signatories include patrons Richard Perle, William Kristol and James Woolsey.

It's UK domestic backers include Sir Richard Dearlove (Downing Street Memo), Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart.

In 2009 the society became the secretariat of two all-party parliamentary groups (APPGs), for Transatlantic and International Security, chaired by Gisela Stuart, and one for Homeland Security, chaired by Bernard Jenkin. Between 2001 and 2010, Stuart also served as a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs.  The Henry Jackson's Westminster launch took place on 22 November 2005 in the Jubilee Room of the House of Commons. It was hosted by Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart.

Many in the Cameron government insist that Islam is a  "threat to the West".

Michael Gove, UK Education Minister until mid 2014, ran a hostile program against Muslim schools and teachers. Gove attracted multiple critics. He was basically sacked in 2014 following mass protests from teacher groups, but was then promoted to Lord Chancellor and Secretary for Justice. He is a "proud Zionist" who insists the Iraq war was an "outstanding achievement." And he has supported UK creationist schools and wild claims that Muslim extremists were planning to take over UK schools in what has been termed a trojan threat to UK society. Prominent in this media vilification program was UK Times writer Richard Kerbaj (see also here), a Murdoch hack from The Australian who has a long history of Muslim bashing and fear-mongering.

Michael Grove was reportedly a "close mate" of Rupert Murdoch and he attacked the Leveson Inquiry actions against him.

Blogger coolnessofhind provides damning indictments of neocon Michael Grove here and here.

Gove, Murray and Stuart are leading UK Neocons, along with George Osborne (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Liam Fox (former Secretary of State for Defense). They also have links to UKIP and the UK hard Right.

The deeper question of the radicalization UK Muslim youth is addressed well by Mohammed Ansar where he claims that current UK vilification efforts of people like David Murray and Michael Gove have hindered and not helped that process.

He also notes leaked details from Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake that show "programs from the US used to identify radicalisation have created a two-tier system, with organisations like the Muslim Council of Britain (Europe's largest Muslim civil society organisation) blacklisted on one side and and on the other, the whitelisting of Quilliam and the Islamic Society of Britain" -- the last two made up of former members of the radical groups the Muslim Brotherhood and  Hizb ut-Tahrir. These are not representative of mainstream Islam as practiced by most Muslims.

I leave the last words to coolnessofhind:

The man famed for his incursion into Birmingham Schools on the basis of lies, spin and utter discrimination against the Muslim minority in 2014 has now become the Secretary of State for Justice, in what has to be the most oxymoronic situation in the history of the Ministry. One thing is for sure, the anti-Islam, fear-mongering Gove is not exactly an objective paragon for justice.

I do not believe the movement from Education Secretary to Justice Secretary is incidental. In his capacity as the Education Secretary, Gove was able to utilise the usual neocon ingredients of deception, spin, manufacturing of an enemy to place the foundations for a "closed society" – the esoteric preference of neocons – to entrench discriminatory policies reminiscent of East Germany’s Stasi state. The causalities in this theatre of war, were, and still are, Muslims.