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Muhammed Idrees Ahmad

The Spittoon have a post by about a nut called Muhammed Idrees Ahmad. Along with Professor David Miller of the University of Strathclyde, Ahmad runs a website called “Neocon Europe

Neocon Europe is a wiki which aims to provide a:

“guide to Neoconservatives in Europe, including transatlantic propaganda networks from the Cold War to the War on Terror.”

That is a rather grand description of the website. If you look at the ‘recent edits‘ page, you will see that Neocon Europe consists significantly of Ahmed’s’ own fixation with two blogs: Harry’s Place and The Spittoon.

Here’s a taste of Ahmed’s criticism of Harry’s Place:

While proprietors of the website insist on identifying themselves as ‘pro-war Left’, other than the ritual invocations of George Orwell’s name, and sporadic use of the word ‘comrade’ there appears to be little on the website that would merit this designation. Left icons such as Noam Chomsky, Tony Benn, John Pilger, and even Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara are subjected to casual abuse by its writers. The Guardian’s Seumas Milne has been another frequent target (creatively labeled ‘the Stalinist, Seauauauamuas Milne’)

Imagine! Criticising St Che!!

Part of the fun of the rough and tumble of blogging is the joshing between blogs. Therefore, I have absolutely no problem with websites mounting critiques of the views of the writers at Harry’s Place or other blogs, websites or writers. There is, for example, a website called Christopher Hitchens Watch, run by a nutter and a conspiracy theorist. Then there is another website called Christopher Hitchens Watch Watch, devoted to watching, erm, the CHW website.  See also Media Watch and Media Watch Watch. These projects are essentially no more than  “a bit of fun”: written by blokes to entertain themselves and their friends.

By contrast, Neocon Europe presents itself as the culmination of what purports ot be serious academic research:

The project is directed by David Miller. Much of the research originates from Phd projects being undertaken by Tom Griffin and Idrees Ahmad at the University of Strathclyde, together with additional research and information supplied by a small number of others.

It should therefore be judged by the more rigourous standards applicable to pieces of academic research. Frankly, it falls rather short.

Back to Ahmad. The Spittoon article concludes:

Reviewing the sum total of Mohammed Idrees Ahmad’s writings (and there are many more not listed here) reveals him to be a poor man’s Asghar Bukhari; a rotten anti-Semite who sees conspiracy and intrigue everywhere.

You will need to read The Spittoon piece  in full for an evaluation of Muhammed Idrees Ahmad’s politics.

However, this tells me all I need to know about the man. Ahmed is a supporter of the antisemite, Gilad Atzmon: a man who believes that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion accurately depict the reality of contemporary Jewish power, and that Communist anti-Zionists who identify as Jews are in fact crypto-Zionists who are pushing the Jewish power agenda.

Here is Ahmed’s email of support to Atzmon.

Here is Ahmed’s signature on the petition defending Atzmon from ‘defamation’ by the ‘Zionist’, Tony Greenstein.

There are some people who are wholly preoccupied by “Zionists”, “Neocons”, the “Israel Lobby” and their networks of power and influence who are not in fact Jew haters. However, once you’ve started signing petitions attacking Tony Greenstein and supporting Gilad Atzmon, it is probably fair to say that you have crossed the line.

Gene adds: They’ve put an impressive amount of time and effort into “watching” us.