Monday, January 12, 2015

TV Counter-Terrorism Expert tell us how smart he is on Fox News

 I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error. And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.
I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham. I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake. - Steve Emerson's apology for saying that Birmingham UK is 100% Muslim and sharia law dominates.

It comes as no surprise to this Author that a TV counter-terrorism expert has been caught engaging in the same "sharia law neighborhood" nonsense that Geert Wilders wallowed in back in May 2012, when he accused a neighborhood in The Hague of being a Shariadriehoek (Sharia Triangle) neighborhood. According to the Trouw article, which instigated the whole accusation, residents were being badgered about the clothing they wore on the streets by a pack of Orthodox Muslim "sharia police."  This accusation turned out to be false according to the police and the residents of this "sharia triangle" neighborhood.

I have long warned about "counter-terrorism experts" that one sees on news networks. There is really no qualification for what a "terrorism expert" is and the majority we see on TV news have worked in governemnt (which makes them biased in favor of government views- a view shared by Glen Greenwald). Some are "terrorism experts" because they were company commanders in Iraq or Afghanistan, and THAT makes them "experts." The tendency of these "experts" is to promote Islamophobia among viewers, as well as to demonize Muslim communities and the typical accusation is that "jihad fighters are everywhere and the residents are sympathetic to them."  Where there's Muslims, there's also "radicalization," "extremism," "terrorism,"and "imposition of sharia laws" will surely follow. Like Geert Wilders did against The Hague neighborhood, the City of Birmingham is being accused of being a "small caliphate."   The mentality among "counter-terrorism experts" is that where there are Muslims, "there's the danger and threat," every bit as much as what Geert Wilders and Jean LePen believe.

The City of Birmingham is a diverse city with 46.1% Christian, 19.3% no religion and 21.8% Muslim. White Brits make up the racial majority at 53.1%. Wow! It's a Muslim takeover, just like the 5.5% of Muslims are now taking over the Netherlands

Steve Emerson's accusations against the City of Birmingham, that it is 100% Muslim and there are "Muslim police in the streets" falls into the counter-terrorism discourses of  "menacing Muslims" and "Islamisation" myths of the far right. Like Geert Wilders, the City of Birmingham is being accused of being a "small caliphate."  Emerson was called an 'idiot" be David Cameron, and this is the most intelligent thing Cameron has said in a long time. It also big news that an Islamophobic idiot like Cameron is calling another Islamophobic idiot an idiot.

Relying on real sources and demographic data would show you that, in every case where Muslims are alleged to dominate -- and there is a "sharia law takeover" -- the accusations turn out to be false, lies and myths. We all not only need to be careful about counter-terrorism experts, but we need to understand that there are perhaps millions of people in Germany, the Netherlands and the rest of Europe seriously believe these "Islamsation" myths -- and actually base their election choices on these myths and end up voting for far right parties. People need to realize how serious the belief in these myths are, and also understand that the European press and European leaders have done little to challenge these hateful and dangerous myths. Idiots believe in Islamisation myths, but these idiots also have the right to vote.

Here's another Fox News terrorism expert who believes the "final solution" will help solve our "terrorism problems" and he too has the right to vote - unless he's been adjudicated mentally ill, that is...