Monday, 10 February 2014

Hope Not Hate's Cartoon Bad Muslim: Anjem Choudary

First posted: 7th May, 2011

[Top: Nick Lowles of Searchlight. Right: Nick Lowles/Searchlight's cartoon Bad Muslim, Anjem Choudary.

Below Left: the Stalinist Gerry
Gable, publisher of Searchlight,
and his fourth ex-Nazi wife,


Searchlight, Nick Lowles and Hope Not Hate have a fairly new strategy. Instead of calling only the English Defence League ‘extremist’, why not call extreme Muslims Against Crusaders and Anjem Choudary ‘extremists’ too? That way they can say:

Plague be on both their houses. They’re as bad as each other. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.Last summer, Muslim Against Crusaders planned to protest against soldiers’ homecoming parades from Afghanistan and Iraq. Not surprisingly, the English Defence League planned to protest against that Islamic group. Thus Searchlight cleverly decided to say that ‘we have extremists on both sides’. That is, both the EDL and Muslims Against Crusaders are equally extreme.

Thus if even the far-leftist Searchlight was willing to call one Muslim group ‘extreme’, then that must surely mean that more mainstream groups, such as the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Association of Britain and indeed Unite Against Fascism and Searchlight itself, must not be extreme – quite simply because they have opposed one extreme Muslim group, as well as Anjem Choudary.

Now, the only difference between these 'moderate' Muslim/Islamic groups is that Muslims Against Crusaders/Anjem Choudary is more honest than these more formal groups. They more or less admit to wanting the deaths of British soldiers, full sharia law, etc. And, of course, they demonstrate in violent and provocative ways.

The problem is that the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) believe in more or less the same things as Muslims Against Crusaders/Anjem Choudary. The only difference is that they don’t march that much under the headings of their organisations. But they do march; but not as violently and honestly.

Indeed how can we call the MCB and MAB ‘moderate’ when both groups support Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as the Islamification of Britain through the slow introduction of sharia law (particular MAB - which is part of the Muslim Brotherhood, as is Hamas)? If anything, these groups are worse than Muslims Against Crusaders/Anjem Choudary because they are more insidious, ubiquitous and powerful. The former is just a silly little fringe group.

What about Searchlight? It is run by hard-core Stalinists. The person who said ‘we have extremists on both sides’, Sonia Gable, is the deputy editor of Searchlight, ex-National Front and the fourth wife of the Stalinist founder and current publisher of Searchlight, Gerry Gable. He is, or was, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. In Russia, the Communist Party was responsible for at least 30 million deaths. That is extreme. In addition, many competing leftist and anarchist groups have said that what really matters to Searchlight is not the fight against racism, but its ‘pursuit of a far-leftist agenda’.

In any case, the EDL is quite simply not extreme. It is fighting extremism - Islamist extremism. No one else is doing that job; so the EDL must do it.

The EDL believes in parliamentary democracy, free speech, equal rights for gays, blacks, etc. Muslims Against Crusaders/Anjem Choudary calls for the deaths of British soldiers, the ending of democracy and full sharia law. Indeed the people who run Searchlight don’t believe in parliamentary democracy or freedom of speech either. So which group, exactly, is really extreme?

It is just too convenient that Searchlight is saying that both Muslims Against Crusaders and the EDL are extreme. Who wants lessons in extremism from Communists/Stalinists? Not me!

So it is both a disgrace and a con that the Guardian, Searchlight, the New Statesmen (but not the SWP/UAF who would call it 'racist' to criticise even Anjem Choudary) et al are saying that both Muslims Against Crusaders and the EDL are ‘extremist groups’. It won’t wash. Name a policy of the EDL that is genuinely extreme. You can't? I don't mean the policies which only exist in the minds of Trots, Stalinists and Islamists. Name a genuine, written-down policy of the EDL which is extreme. And good luck!

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