Thursday, 24 March 2011
Britain badly needs a serious Counterjihad blog. In Germany, the success of the Politically Incorrect blog has shown that a well put-together blog can eventually emerge as a serious shaper of events. Although I can't verify it, it is claimed that PI is now the largest political blog in Europe. It has been mentioned (of course usually critically) in the mainstream press several times now; it is involved in promoting real-world counterjihad events such as the visit of Geert Wilders to Germany.

There is nothing comparable to this in Britain. The closest thing to a serious Counterjihad blog is probably Harry's Place, but Harry's Place is fatally constrained by the politically correct rules it continues to play by. For example, even though its motto is "Liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear", I was once banned from there for comparing Islam to Nazism. Harry's Place plays the same game as the mainstream press, in playing moral one-upmanship, drawing lines in the sand and stigmatising as evil anyone who refuses to play by their prim rules. One of their core tenets, for example, is that the problems are only with certain Islamically-themed organisations, not Islam itself. So, for example, they may object to Al Qaeda, the Muslim Council of Britain or the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, but draw no conclusions from that about the broader nature of Islam itself. For them, that territory is taboo, and not just in their original posts but in their comments. This is intellectual and moral cowardice.

What Britain desperately needs is candid discussion about Islam. Clearly that cannot be found within the mainstream press. There are a few journalists and activists like Ed West, Andrew Gilligan and Douglas Murray who make interesting and worthwhile contributions to public understanding of the threat that Islam presents to our way of life. However, they consistently pull their punches because to do otherwise would be to invite ostracism and immolation under the multicult rules of heresy.

For example, most mainstream commentators who dare to be somewhat critical of Islam tend to obsess on the issue of terrorism or the support for it amongst Muslims. Anyone who is fully clued up knows that the threat of Muslim terrorism is largely a distraction. As far as the number of people killed is concerned, it is roughly comparable to dangerous dogs or lightning strikes. Terrorism is useful in getting other people to pay attention to the Muslim grievance narrative but these commentators are only deepening that aspect of the problem by paying obsessive attention to it. With the exception of Ed West, almost no mainstream commentator is willing to broach the subject of Muslim demographics. The astonishing pace of Muslim demographic expansion is, in fact, the core element of the problem of the problem we face.

There are excellent Counterjihad blogs in America, like Gates of Vienna or Jihadwatch, which are clearly used by Britons and Europeans as source of information and platforms for discussion. But their perspective is necessarily foreign and their impact on the public discourse in Britain therefore limited.

There are quite a few British blogs overtly concerned with racial politics. Their perspective is legitimate. I'm not going to call them evil for being concerned about preserving their genetic identity. But it's my belief that mixing the Counterjihad issue with the race issue will necessarily diminish its popularity. Look around Europe. The Counterjihad parties that are flourishing tend to be resolutely non-racist and pro rather than anti-semitic. The EDL has a few blogs but they tend to be of low quality and their credibility is diminished through affiliation with an overt campaigning organisation. Although I sympathise with them, I'm not sure what the purpose of the EDL really is. I just don't see how going around holding demonstrations is going to change anything. There is clearly a thug element in the EDL which may allow the establishment to toxify its brand just as they have done with the BNP. I realise, of course, that the establishment goes out of its way to portray them in the worst possible light, that there are probably police infiltrators deliberately causing problems within the EDL ranks and that some of the leaders are thoughtful, intelligent and well-informed. But I still think a Counterjihad blog overtly affiliated with them will lose some of its potential impact and be dragged into pointless defensive skirmishing that distracts from the real issues at hand. And the EDL itself still plays by the politically correct Queensberry rules in its insistence that the problem is not Islam but Islamic extremism.

So Britain needs a new Counterjihad blog. Unless it becomes a full-time occupation, it is doubtful that any single person can maintain a blog with enough breadth and depth to become a major influence on public discourse in the country. There are many laudable individual contributions. There are regular commenters on the Telegraph who write well and have clearly acquired a deep knowledge of Islam and the threat it presents to us. In the blogosphere, there are some good individual efforts. But individual efforts will generally fail because individuals become distracted, lose interest, get caught up in real-life responsibilities, etc. To achieve the success of PI in Germany, a collective undertaking is required. The individual bloggers and commenters need to come together to form a new website or work up an existing one.

So let this appeal go out: Counterjihad bloggers, commenters and thinkers of Britain, Unite!


Ralph Lynn said...
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Ralph Lynn said...

You have one right here!

As to the EDL, they do get people talking and they get quite a bit of media coverage, even if most of it is negative.

Paul Weston has wrote many thoughtful pieces at Gates of VIenna - perhaps he could be persuaded to write again..

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

Yes, Paul Weston is great. I think if 5-10 people like him came together to create something, they could make a real difference.

I haven't seen you around before. Do you have a blog yourself or do you comment on the Counterjihad sites or the Telegraph blogs?

Johnny Rottenborough said...

The Telegraph blogs were once home to an extraordinarily prolific commenter called Winston Smith, whose great knowledge of Islam combined with his red-hot typing speed made him a jewel in the Counterjihad crown. He started his own blog, The Destruction of Britain, and produced long daily posts for several months. The blog doesn’t exist anymore, unfortunately.

So, the field is open for you! One earnest request: please consider changing your template; white on black really does my eyes in.

Ralph Lynn said...

Hiya Cheradenine,

I'm a CJ late starter. The murder of Salmaan Taseer and the beebs cowardly treatment of the Pakistani Pimp phenomena pushed me over the edge. I comment on the Guardian website as Thief Of Fire when they lay into the EDL or if some utopian berk writes a hectoring defence of multi culti. My comments are usually removed!

Aside from the obvious perils of islam, I am concerned with cultural damage. For instance: why no British films on British telly anymore, despite the expansion of channels? Perhaps that's nostalgia and my own longings (in our present predicament, unimportant), but for me it was the first clue that things were badly wrong here in the UK.

Stopping the destruction of Western Civilisation and culture and the sell out to islam is the most profound problem we have faced since Hitler and I would be quite happy to live out my dotage queuing for soup at the Salvation Army, so long as islam, marxist experiments and woolly guilt are entirely removed from the west.

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

@ Johnny Rottenborough

Yes, I fear that is the inevitable fate of almost all solo efforts. That's why I think a collective undertaking is required.

@ Ralph Lynn

Originally, it was witnessing the censorship of anything critical of Islam on the Guardian CiF threads that led me to take a closer look at this so-called religion. I still post there a few times a week on average. Even though I tend to be on my best behaviour there, and content myself with smuggling a few lightly disturbing memes into their dreamworld, they often moderate my comments and always put my account on "pre-moderation" in the end. Whenever they do that, I just start a new one. I've lost count of how many I've had now. I think about 13 or 14. I won't tell you my username in case they read it here then kill that account too.

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