Mehdi Hasan continued
Interesting to note that Hasan's New Statesman blog has been re-named Dissident Voice, stealing the name of the US ZLeftist site, and purveyor of, among other things, Daniel McGowan's softcore Holocaust denialism and Gilad Atzmon's racism. In a similar vein, our young Hasan is a busy blogger:
- advocating talking to the Taliban.
- saying that Israel "causes" antisemitism (which is the same essentially racist argument as that put forward by DK commenting on this blog that immigrants "cause" the BNP).
- again quoting crypto-fascist Michael Scheuer.
UPDATE, WEDNESDAY MORNING:
Flesh is Grass has a good post on this which you should read. I am stealing her links too, as they provide good background:
- Martin in the Margins
- One, two by Bob From Brockley
- One, two, three from Channel 4 Insider, and a response to one, at Harry’s Place.
- Modernity [I added this one -B.]
- iEngage’s not so good defence of Mehdi
- Marko’s critical support of Harry’s Place against charges of anti-Muslim bigotry
- Me [Flesh] parting company with the New Statesman after a period of disaffection – Mehdi Hasan really seems to belong there.
Nor, to my mind, is there a witch-hunt or smear campaign against Hasan. One single post at HP taking issue with his dishonest article accusing the mainstream media of anti-Muslim racism was met by Hasan with an ignorant, vitriolic response, and that is why it became interesting to look at his politics and find some unsavoury things. Myself, I am not too interested in the extracts from his speeches on religion that HP are posting. I am more interested in what he says in the New Statesman and Guardian, where he touches mainstream opinion, where he has some kind of authority as "representing" some kind of Muslim view - but where he actually pushes some very unpleasant lines.
I just noticed Hasan's reply to HP here. He makes a strong case that he is not an Islamist. To be clear, I myself have not described him as an Islamist. I have described him as an apologist or fellow traveller with the brutal theocracy in Iran and of the Taliban, both of whose main victims are Muslim. I have described him as someone that passes on crypto-fascist conspiracy theory. I have taken issue with the way he defamed the Quilliam Foundation and essentialised "the" Muslim community. I have described him as someone who takes an objectively racist view in saynig Israel "causes" antisemitism.