Our expatriate English correspondent Peter takes a look at HOPE not hate’s scurrilous “research” paper targeting Gates of Vienna and other Counterjihad groups.
Another Leftist Smear Job
Several days ago, a report was released to the press entitled, “The Muhammad Cartoons — The Counter-Jihadist Plot To Ignite A Civil War In Britain.” The author, one Nick Lowles, is the Chief Executive of an organization calling itself “Hope not Hate” and both he and his organization have been identified by various blogs and commentators as having acquired a reputation for lies and unsubstantiated smears. The report has been published in the name of Hope not Hate and, contrary to that organisation’s claims, it appears to have been cobbled together in an almighty rush and is nothing more than an orchestrated smear targetted against a number of people of whom Mr Lowles & co disapprove.
Hope not Hate is an interestingly named organization, which does not inspire much hope and most people I know hate it. It was founded in 2004 allegedly “to provide a positive antidote to the politics of hate” according to their website. They claim to “combine first class research with community organising & grassroots actions to defeat hate groups at elections and to build community resilience against extremism.” If this statement were true, how much “first class research” went into writing a shoddy, badly researched “report” like this?
Hope not Hate claims to be funded entirely by membership subscriptions. If so, how do they explain the £66,000 they received as a result of a funding agreement signed by the Department for Communities and Local Government sometime between 2012 and 2013? Do they also expect us to believe they receive no donations from the various left-wing Trades Unions, politicians or celebrities with whom they are associated? No matter.
In their preamble, they claim to report on a meeting that took place between “Anne Marie Waters, who is fronting up the cartoon exhibition, with EDL founder Stephen Lennon, Britain’s most militant counter-jihadist, Alan Ayling, and Jim Dowson founder of the far right, mosque invading party, ‘Britain First’ only three weeks before the exhibition was announced”. The report continues: “They openly discussed using the cartoons (which cause offence to many Muslims) to incite a violent backlash, which they hoped would spark a wider conflict between communities and, ultimately, civil war. They repeat this accusation in various parts of their missive, but provide no evidence to substantiate it, only hearsay.
Are they kidding us? These are serious charges they are making including conspiracy to cause riot, civil disorder and affray. If convicted, the accused could go to prison for many years but not on this “evidence” or any other information contained in this meandering and repetitive document.
They give no date or location when or where this meeting was alleged to have taken place only that it happened three weeks before the cartoon exhibition was announced, and the evidence that it took place at all? According to an article by Breitbart, it was an inflammatory article on the so-called Knights Templar blog by one Peter Mellows, whoever he is. This does not inspire confidence as to the veracity of the rest of the document.
In order to smear the “conspirators” and the “counter-jihad” in general, the authors of the report list what they think we believe in, with the unspoken innuendo that nice people shouldn’t believe politically incorrect things like this. Amongst the items listed are:
Britain’s ‘counter-jihad’ movement believes that Islam is a supremacist and expansionist ideology, which poses an existential threat to the West. They believe there is no difference between moderate or hardline followers of Islam.
There are a lot of Muslims who say the same things such as Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister who has stated on a number of occasions “There is only one Islam” Who knows best, a practicing Muslim world leader or Nick Lowles? Lowles will probably tell you he does. The report continues:
Some ‘counter-jihadists’ believe the only answer is the mass deportation or removal of Muslims from Europe.
In view of what has been happening in Europe over the last twenty years or so, can anyone blame them?
According to the report, the removal of Muslims will take place “through civil war and the ‘genocide’ of Muslims.” I admit I have seen such sentiments on some websites but they are not to be taken seriously. Besides, I have seen similar threats on Muslim websites directed against us, but nobody seems to get very excited by them.
The document continues:
These militant ‘counter-jihadists’ openly discuss civil war scenarios on the internet. One British counter-jihadist has written a fictional account of how this civil war will happen and how — through the mass killings of Muslims — it will end. He has even suggested tactics for paramilitary operations and urban warfare.
This must be a reference to El Inglés’ series of articles posted six or seven years ago, but everyone who read them knew that the suggested scenarios were only notional… didn’t they?
Of course, whatever happens, don’t forget Breivik. Hope not Hate doesn’t. They continue:
This is the same ideology which inspired Norwegian far-right killer Anders Breivik, involving many of the people quoted in his 1,500 page (so-called) ‘Manifesto’. It was this manifesto, and the counterjihad ideas within, that he used to justify his killing of 77 people in 2011.
And there we have it. This would be the ultimate act of guilt by association if they could prove that the Counter Jihad or any of its associates influenced Breivik in any way at all, but they have not done so, at least not in this flimsy document.
The report goes on at length to identify and vilify various people it claims to be part of the counter-jihad but, just like the so-called meeting mentioned above, there is no hard evidence for the accusations and, once again, I believe every person who has been “fingered” in the report has grounds for legal redress.
But why produce a report like this now? The contents of the document provide the answer. It states:
In a week when Prime Minister David Cameron called for action against non-violent Muslim extremists, HOPE not hate also believes the authorities need to do more against these counter-jihadists.
I can only assume that Hope not Hate reacted to the Prime Ministers statements concerning “Extremists” and “Conspiracy Theorists” to jump on the bandwagon of Islamic whingers and grievance mongers and smear people who have done little more than express reasonable reservations about the activities of Islam and Muslims in their countries. There is a suspicion that Hope not Hate did not produce this document at all and they are mere useful idiots being played by HM Government but, without evidence, who could say for certain?
Peter is an English expatriate who now lives in Thailand.