Challenging the One-Horse Race 7

There is a stereotype at my University with whom I often talk. He wears a kaffiyeh; loose-fitting clothes with ‘Free Palestine’ badges attached; a low-slung woollen hat at the obligatorily jaunty angle; a pair of dangling, white, silent earphones that rhythmically swing from their pivot at the neck of his shirt; and various modish accessories representing figures such as Guevara, Chavez, Stalin and Castro. He is the son of an infamous champagne socialist.

Now compare him with Osama Bin Laden.

This is an odd instruction, but it is a useful comparison. Like our stereotype, we have another educated, middle-class iconoclast; but unlike our stereotype, we have a man whose enmity towards the West facilitates the deliberate negation of morality in order to carry out the most cruel and unspeakable of crimes.

Our stereotype once told me, ‘I always support the underdog. Even when I watch a football match, no matter who is playing, I’ll support the weaker side.’

Compare this with Bin Laden’s adage: ‘When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.’

The first statement is indicative of the culturally relativist, self-destructive side of Left-liberalism. It is a statement that is also of great worth to Islamist groups all over the World who use Bin Laden’s statement to attack the West, while using our stereotype’s statement to watch the West undermine itself from within.

All concession and appeasement has strengthened Islamist movements in the Islamic World. After Hezbollah bombed the Marines barracks in Lebanon, Reagan withdrew from the region, and Hezbollah became inspirations and heroes of the Islamist world. After the second Intifada and the murder of thousands of Israelis, Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, and a year later Hamas was elected into power. In the 1980s the Iranian leadership sent hundreds of assassins to murder scores of human rights activists and opposition figures through Europe. The ease with which this was done, as the Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman has written, ‘while local police failed to stop them and intelligence agencies looked the other way, is reminiscent of the heyday of the Mafia in Prohibition-era Chicago.’

The European Union decided that while the blood of the Iranian regime’s victims still stained the streets of Paris, Rome and London, policy towards Iran should be one of ‘critical dialogue’. It was believed that – despite the French judicial investigations that undoubtedly proved the assassinations originated from the upper echelons of the Iranian government – this ‘critical dialogue’ was best, so that European countries might influence Tehran.

Europe has chosen to be the weak horse for decades, and it seems extraordinary that European governments still fail to understand why they are losing to a stronger horse in a race for survival. The most obvious manifestation of such a sorry state of affairs is Iran’s designs for nuclear weapons, a desire that is indisputable to any rational observer.

The new student-run pressure group ‘Stop the Bomb UK’ will challenge such sickliness and enfeeblement. Political and economic sanctions must be implemented and the Iranian regime must be weakened.

British companies continue to trade with the regime – whether they are the supplier of parts for military or nuclear purposes, or financial institutions laundering money, all such support must be exposed and challenged. Those who trade with the unpredictable Iranian regime are supporting the oppression of the Iranian people (especially the Baha’i community), international terrorism, the nuclear armament of Iran, and anti-Semitic hate crimes such as Holocaust denial.

During the Iran-Contra affair, a secret meeting purportedly took place in Tehran between American and Iranian representatives. Dr. Hasan Rohani surprised American officials when he told them, ‘Khomeini demanded that all the people who do not take a strong line against the United States should be broken and chopped into littlie pieces… If someone strong faces up to [Khomeini], he takes a hundred paces back. But if he’s strong and someone weak is facing him, he takes a hundred paces forward. You are taking an incorrect position… Show that you are strong, and you will see results.’

In the face of a tyrannical regime responsible for the murder of British hostages in Lebanon and British soldiers in Iraq, a regime that executes children and homosexuals, a regime that seeks to eradicate the Jewish state and the Western World, it is imperative that we show strength and the will to survive.

– Sam Westrop

Stop the Bomb – UK

http://stopthebomb.org.uk

office@stopthebomb.org.uk

Posted under Iran by Jillian Becker on Sunday, August 8, 2010

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  • Tired

    Sam – shoe-horning in negative comments about an individual you obviously have some gripes with (especially as most of these comments are irrelevant to the main body of the article) makes your article seem a bit laughable.

    “…yeah, like, you've got a Stalin T-shirt, and like, an iPod, and an Irresponsibly Angled Hat. And yeah, like, YOUR MUM! Fucking Hell, impose sanctions!!!”

  • It's incredibly revealing that you see human beings as stereotypes, and use isolated comments of theirs to try and make a completely invalid wider point. As far as I'm aware, the “stereotype” you're talking about has consistently railed against nuclear proliferation (and actively campaigns with the CND), so to equate his views with that of the Iranian government is more than a little stupid.

    Actually, I retract that first part. It isn't revealing at all. It's incredibly predictable. After all, you've done it before.

    • (Before you come back with “zomg you haven't proved anything I'm so superiorz”, I'm not trying to prove you wrong. One of my worst enemies is consistently right when it comes to big issues. I'm just highlighting the fact that you have a talent for not being a very nice person.)

      • That's one of the most unintelligent replies I have ever seen. Especially the belief that the author equated this person to the Iranian gov. The whole point of this piece appears to suggest it's the very opposite, and it's that difference that Islamism can pray upon, as well as use to exploit moderate Muslims. What a douche.

        I reckon its the same guy, but look at “Christopher J Fraser” (chrisjfraser.com)

        “Things are Looking Up”

        “By which I mean they really aren’t, but some strange part of my brain is forcing me to feel good. But I shouldn’t. Not really. …

        But besides that, things feel good. I went on a four-hour walk with an old friend yesterday, and in addition to being outside with no concern for how heavy it rained (and it bucketed it down at times) our conversation seems to have struck some balance between serious discussion and the gleeful insanity that brought us together back in 2004. It’s incredibly strange – of all the friendships I’ve had with people, this is one that I never thought would be salvaged, while there were others that I had faith in that just dropped off the face of the earth, but things don’t always work out as expected. It’d be a lie to say that there wasn’t an element of caution there, but it’s slowly being eroded in a way that’s healthy rather than desperate.”

        How egotistical does a guy have to be to register a domain name in HIS name and then tell the world how he's suffering so terribly? It's even got a colorless picture of him looking thoughtful yet sad. Why do people with so little intelligence have to adopt this facade of misery, depression and being 'misunderstood'? Can't he go do something with his life? Grow up!

        • Guest

          You're absolutely right – having a permissive attitude just lets the terrorists win. Get a grip. Ever considered that a hardline approach that puts the emphasis on outright condemnation might actually radicalise moderate Muslims?

          As for my blog, I get a lot of feedback, and you're part of the 5% or so who don't like it. Needless to say, I don't do it for pricks like you. The nicer comments I get say that I'm a voice they can easily empathise with, that I've turned them onto areas of culture that aren't quite as obvious, and that I've got a decent writing style. The popularity of that blog's meant that I've sold around 500 books, which works out at around £1,000 of profit. I should hasten to add that I'm 19.

          Thanks for saying I look “thoughtful yet sad”. I would have used a colour picture, but I didn't take it, and the photographer had already applied filters prior to actually taking the shot. It's web design 101 that photographs of original posters, while a little risky, help connect with your audience. And it's a good picture.

          Obviously, one man's idea of egotism's subjective – tons of people with relatively few accomplishments and no particular following register their own domain names, and I only did so after I started to get feedback. The post that you quoted is by no means about how I'm “suffering so terribly”, and for you to somehow see that is a bit thick – it's talking about how relationships don't always work out the way you expect (and in this instance, they worked out for the best). I've never claimed to be “misunderstood” – in fact, you excepted, people tend to understand me pretty well – and I'm pretty happy with where I am right now.

          Don't assume I'm stupid because you've read half a post on my blog and read a comment. The sort of people that do that… well, they're amongst the thickest people I know. You know nothing about me. Don't be so judgmental. Likewise for assuming I don't do anything with my life. You have no fucking idea.

          Points you didn't respond to:

          — Referring to anyone as a “stereotype” betrays a lack of an ability to treat human beings as individuals. I know the guy in question, and he's got a fully-rounded personality. A more friendly and loving guy, you couldn't hope to meet. More importantly, he obviously doesn't support underdogs when they're bigoted, which is the assumption that the article seems to rely upon.
          — You're just as much of an unpleasant, soulless cunt as the author of the above article is. Discuss.

    • Fortitude911

      “The popularity of that blog's meant that I've sold around 500 books, which works out at around £1,000 of profit. I should hasten to add that I'm 19.”

      Haha. What an dick!

      • Guest

        Forgive me for not putting my faith in the judgement of someone who hasn't yet grasped that “an dick” makes no grammatical sense. Plus, I don't see how selling a decent number of books purely off your own steam is something to be ashamed of.