Concerning the departure of Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll from the EDL, a California reader named Cadavera Vero Innumero sent us the following email:
Confusion is reigning over at Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs! They erred in not including the “little” item regarding the Quilliam Foundation.
I posted at Atlas Shrugs, early. Unless I overlooked it, it got removed. Not for mentioning QF, maybe for giving kudos to Gates of Vienna for their sympathetic understanding of Robinson’s personal plight.
Have never been surprised about the, now, several years rift within the Counterjihad Movement. Think, at the time, I grasped the issues, but found it so unfortunate. Oh well, it just mirrored the human story. Like Paul and Silas (and even Peter) going about their different callings. Am sure the personal entered into it somewhere and how.
And you are most likely correct, in your remark about the British security services being involved, in various direct and subtle ways. The BNP could never have lasted this long without being propped up. The way to weaken an extremist element is to isolate and scatter (as they are now doing with the EDL). Scattered, isolated, they are toothless. The BNP serves other purposes than their own public agenda.
The great anxiety of the security services is the fear that the EDL would evolve into something other than street theater. Demonstrations are colorful but they are limited in their long term effectiveness. Their goals play out as quickly as the energy binding them dissipates. This is why, in spite of their telegenic colorfulness, the anti-war movement during the Vietnam era achieved little. That is why Rubin put out his (thieving) line about “walking through the institutions”; which is what happened. The Left in America now control the levers. The same can be said about the massive anti-nuclear demonstrations in Western Europe in Reagan’s time; they were coolly dissipated by Reagan’s hard-nosed and subtle planning to secure his own agenda. It is now time for the Counterjihad to do some walking — as your reports from Warsaw show.
I read Spencer with great profit. His book summarizing the research and thinking about the very existence of Muhammad revolutionized my thinking — and has even given me hope for the future. But, like yourself and certainly yours truly, the man is too human. He did harm by excluding the QF element in the EDL exit story.