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August 04, 2005



The one about a sinister alien parasitic religion squatting in our midst, whose adherents are loyal only to each other and to their collective ambitions for world domination – the Protocols of the Elders of the Caliphate.

Fascinating. I wasn't aware that the writings of Sayyid Qutb were a concoction by the Russia State, and that the desire of Hizb'ut Tahrir to return to Caliphate system was invented by people other than Hizb'ut Tahrir.

In fact, I'd go so far as to say that making a comparison between a fictional Jewish conspiracy which contributed to the Holocaust, with a non-fictional conspiracy with a clearly stated objective by extremist Islamists (influenced ironically by Nazis) who have killed people in London with suicide bombs in the past month is downright offensive.

Andrew Bartlett

Eric, if there had been a small number of Jewish terrorists in the early 20th century (apart from the Bolsheviks, of course), would that have justified anti-Semitism?

No, of course not.

The political attitudes taken by many on the right and the reactionary left are indeed mirrors of those adopted by the forerunners of vicious anti-Semetism. They use the same canards, the same accusations of dual-loyalty, the same painting of an ethnic group as so alien they cannot be part of our modern nation state. These did not all rest on the Protocols... but were argued in their own right by people claiming to operate as genuine heirs to the Enlightenment, defenders of Western civilization and culture.

But we are beginning to see the reactionary left for what they are. Point out racism, authoritarianism, imperialism and exploitation, and all you hear in return is; "watch out for the Muslims - they're going to take over the world!"


As a matter of history, btw, Andrew is right; the writings of Karl Marx played exactly the role in early twentieth-century Protocols panics that the writings of Qutb play here. There were, of course, plenty of people hanging round at the time pointing out that Communism was a political ideology which had precious little to do with the Jewish religion, but as now, there were more than enough "decent" social democrats hanging around to put us right.

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