Henry Jackson Society as Bad as Donald Trump 296


On Saturday I shall be speaking at a conference in Edinburgh on the changing face of racism, and how Islamophobia is now not only mainstream but actively promoted by government.

Donald Trump’s remarks have brought appropriate condemnation, but the Henry Jackson Society got there first. In February 2006 Douglas Murray, Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society, stated :

“It is late in the day, but Europe still has time to turn around the demographic time-bomb which will soon see a number of our largest cities fall to Muslim majorities. It has to. All immigration into Europe from Muslim countries must stop. In the case of a further genocide such as that in the Balkans, sanctuary would be given on a strictly temporary basis. This should also be enacted retrospectively… Conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board: Europe must look like a less attractive proposition.”

Douglas Murray also came out with a straight defence of the use of torture by Western intelligence agencies.

Yet the politicians who pretend to be outraged by Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from the US, line up to support the man who declares “All immigration into Europe from Muslim countries must stop.” Not only Jim Murphy, but a role call of top Blairites sits on the Political Council of the Henry Jackson Society – Margaret Beckett, Hazel Blears, Ben Bradshaw, Chris Bryant, Gisela Stuart etc. All of course enthusiasts for bombing Syria. It astonishes me that the Labour Party is now complaining about “infiltration” by groups on the left when a large number of very senior figures can belong to an organisation which is avowedly neo-conservative, is linked to the US and European far right and is funded by the CIA.

The Henry Jackson Society is the go-to organisation for broadcasters looking for comment on Islamic affairs. I was both pleased and surprised to see the Henry Jackson Society named two days ago in a Guardian article on the mainstreaming of Islamophobia. Pleased because the maximum exposure is necessary to make people understand what people are getting when they see “independent” HJS staff interviewed on the BBC and Sky, and surprised because the Blairite controlled and US marketed Guardian doesn’t usually run this kind of stuff anymore.

I tucked it in to the back of my mind until I came to write this article. Guess what? The Guardian Editors have now excised all mention of the Henry Jackson Society from the article on the mainstreaming of Islamophobia. Interesting that, isn’t it?

The Henry Jackson Society seconds staff to the Quilliam Foundation. This extraordinary organisation is a career vehicle for “reformed jihadists” to milk huge salaries and luxury lifestyles from government money, in return for fronting an organisation run by the security services. Quilliam specialises in denouncement of Muslim organisations and talking up the Jihadi threat, offering “expert advice” on the government’s anti-free speech strategy. At the same time, it seeks to maximise the income of its directors. One interesting collaboration to make money was its collaboration with the current head of Pergida UK, and former head of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Alias Tommy Robinson).

Quilliam have received millions from the taxpayer for their dubious “work”. But their application for Home Office funding to split with Yaxley-Lennon remains an episode beyond belief. Several of Quilliam’s staff are “lent” by the CIA-funded Henry Jackson Society.

Do come along to the meeting on Saturday. Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX.


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  • Habbabkuk

    It would be interesting to read Sixer’s response to the first question posed by Old Mark a little earlier.

    And, indeed, to hear her definition of a good and humane refugees policy (one of my questions).

  • lysias

    Predictable that the Resident Invigilator should defend the progenitor of the neocons.

    “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

  • Macky

    Old Mark; “Or am I (like Habba) asking a ‘disengenuous’ question ?”

    More of a superfluous/diversionary one when you consider that people like this can be deported;

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-facing-deportation-despite-living-5394577

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gran-facing-deportation-unless-proves-6626647

    Old Mark; “Habba- this is one of the rare occasions when I can fully endorse a comment of yours.”

    Having seen some your views over my time here, I’m just surprised that you are surprised that you find yourself in agreement with the Habby-Clown so rarely, rather than more often !

    ROS; “Islam can and is intolerant, in many aspects, and in my opinion it needs to evolve to become more tolerant.”

    Please prove that you are not really prime MSM fodder, by giving your reasons for thinking so.

  • lysias

    In his excellent new book The German War, historian Nicholas Stargardt discusses at length the importance of mail from home for maintaining the morale of Wehrmacht troops on the front lines.

    And mail indicating that civilian relatives were still alive is not the sort of mail that would have been censored.

  • Habbabkuk

    “Predictable that the Resident Invigilator should defend the progenitor of the neocons.”

    ______________________

    I have no problem defending a man who supported social welfare programs, civil rights, and labor unions and whose political beliefs were characterized by support of civil rights, human rights, and safeguarding the environment, but with an equally strong commitment to oppose totalitarianism in general, and communism in particular.

    Some on here obviously do.

  • Habbabkuk

    “In his excellent new book The German War, historian Nicholas Stargardt discusses at length the importance of mail from home for maintaining the morale of Wehrmacht troops on the front lines.”

    ___________________

    Irrelevant and a feeble attempt to divert but par for the course when under pressure.

  • Republicofscotland

    “Please prove that you are not really prime MSM fodder, by giving your reasons for thinking so.”

    ___________________

    Macky I shall ignore your above slight, and concentrate on your naivety of Islam with regards to violence.

    The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy (or Muhammad cartoons crisis) (Danish: Muhammedkrisen) began after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 editorial cartoons on 30 September 2005, most of which depicted Muhammad.

    The newspaper announced that this was an attempt to contribute to the debate about criticism of Islam and self-censorship. Muslim groups in Denmark complained, and the issue eventually led to protests around the world, including violent demonstrations and riots in some Muslim countries.

    Or.

    Kurt Westergaard (born 13 July 1935 as Kurt Vestergaard) is a Danish cartoonist who created the controversial cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban.

    This cartoon was the most contentious of the 12 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, which met with strong reactions from Muslims worldwide, including Western countries.

    Since the drawing of the cartoon, Westergaard has received numerous death threats and been a target of assassination attempts. As a result, he is under constant police protection.

    Or.

    Pakistani police have arrested at least 43 suspects in connection with Tuesday’s killing of a Christian couple accused of desecrating the Koran.
    Reports say the couple were beaten to death by hundreds of locals who then burned their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked in Punjab province.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29911857

    Or.

    Nigerians Rampage with Machetes After Koran is Desecrated
    Jim Hoft Feb 21st

    Nigeria confirms that 35 persons were killed, 30 churches and five hotels were also burnt in violence the past three days.

    For the third day in a row, Nigerian Muslims rampaged through the streets leaving 13 dead on Monday in Bauchi after at least 25 reported deaths in two previous days of violence.

    Read more: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2006/02/nigerians-rampage-with-machetes-after-koran-is-desecrated/#ixzz3tl9zRHdQ

    Or if you like Macky you can watch Muslims burn down the Danish consulate in Lebanon.

    http://markhumphrys.com/muhammad.cartoons.html

    And I haven’t even mentioned Islams intolerance to the LGBT community, which bring me to Tyson Fury I wonder if he’s of the faith.

  • Ken2

    Trump’s years too late. One of his staffers should show him how to google (or what ever). The US/UK and Fance have been killing, maiming and banning millions of Muslims for over 100 years. That is the problem.

  • lysias

    I was answering Tony M’s claim that only soldiers in the rear echelons get mail. Stargardt’s very well-sourced book is evidence that Wehrmacht soldiers on the front lines did get mail from home.

  • Republicofscotland

    Violence in Islam continued.

    The Iranian clergy has revived Salman Rushdie’s death fatwa 25 years after it was issued over his ‘blasphemous’ Satanic Verses.

    On February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called on all Muslims to murder the award-winning author and anyone involved in the publication of his work.

    This Friday, senior cleric Ahmad Khatami reminded worshippers at the Tehran Friday prayer that the ‘historical fatwa’ is ‘as fresh as ever’.

    It would appear Islam holds a grudge.

  • RobG

    Habbabkuk
    8 Dec, 2015 – 7:29 pm, said:

    “I have no problem defending a man who supported social welfare programs, civil rights, and labor unions”.

    If you want to continue pretending to be some kind of Oxbridge graduate I would strongly advise you to stop using American English.

    *programmes* and *labour*, for starters, are the correct English language.

  • Republicofscotland

    An example if Islamic intolerance.

    In the Holy City of Mecca, only Muslims are allowed.

    Non-Muslims may not enter or travel through Mecca; attempting to enter Mecca as a non-Muslim can result in penalties such as a fine; being in Mecca as a non-Muslim can result in deportation. In the Holy City of Medina, both Muslims and Non-Muslims are allowed in.

    Yet anyone including Muslims can visit the Vatican city.

    Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures such as the Laocoön and Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.

  • Habbabkuk

    “Stargardt’s very well-sourced book is evidence that Wehrmacht soldiers on the front lines did get mail from home.”
    _______________

    I sometimes wonder whether a certain “commenter”‘s day time job is not a that of a publisher’s agent.

    The efficiency of the German military postal system – in both World Wars, as it happens – was well known some considerable time before Herr Stargardt wrote about it.

  • Phil

    Lysias

    I’m an Oxford graduate, and I use American spelling.

    Of course, I’m an American spy.

    _____________________

    FTFY.

  • Habbabkuk

    Rob

    “*programmes* and *labour*, for starters, are the correct English language.”
    _______________

    They’re not actually the correct “English language” are they, Rob.

    They are either correct English or the correct words in the English language.

    Did you once tell us you were an author?

  • lysias

    Tony M’s questioned the ability of the German post office to deliver mail to the front lines. I corrected that bad information.

  • Phil

    Lysias – Whats the difference between what i did and this:

    “People working at GCHQ no doubt have to read lots of manuals produced by NSA.”

  • Habbabkuk

    Let’s get back to the late Senator Henry Jackson for a moment, shall we?

    We’re informed by Our Transatlantic Friend that:

    “Henry Jackson, a senator from the State of Washington, was known as the “Senator from Boeing” for his consistent support for military contracts for the Boeing aircraft-manufacturing firm, located in the State of Washington.”

    I should say that it is rare for a politician to be able to do his best both for his constituency and his country.

    Of course, I fully acknowledge that anyone with the best interests of the Soviet Union at heart would not necessarily share that opinion.

  • Habbabkuk

    “Tony M’s questioned the ability of the German post office to deliver mail to the front lines. I corrected that bad information.”
    _______________

    A spot of correction sounds straight up your street, Lysias.

  • Jives

    “McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism”

    From Wikipedia.

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