Here’s How Islamists and the Far Right Feed Off Each Other

Jun 24, 2016

By Maajid Nawaz

While the world was still reeling from the self-starter jihadist atrocity in Orlando, and as people everywhere were still trying to process one of America’s worst-ever mass shootings, a far-right extremist accosted, shot and stabbed British Member of Parliament Jo Cox, who tragically succumbed to her wounds later that same day.

Jo Cox was a mother of two, a tireless campaigner for refugees, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group “Friends of Syria,” and the former head of policy at Oxfam. In other words, she cared a great deal about vulnerable people. One of Parliament’s brightest lights has just been extinguished by nothing but hate.

Her suspected killer, whose name is Tommy Mair, has been arrested, swiftly charged and put on trial in one of London’s highest courts. Mair had been a supporter of various far-right extremist groups. Eyewitness accounts state that the suspect shouted “Britain First”—the name of a far-right direct action group in Britain—as he attacked Jo Cox. He had also been a longstanding member of the white-supremacist group, White Rhino, and according to documents obtained by the U.S. far-right extremism watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center, Mair was a longtime supporter of the neo-Nazi group, National Alliance.


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5 comments on “Here’s How Islamists and the Far Right Feed Off Each Other

  • @OP – While the world was still reeling from the self-starter jihadist atrocity in Orlando, and as people everywhere were still trying to process one of America’s worst-ever mass shootings, a far-right extremist accosted, shot and stabbed British Member of Parliament Jo Cox, who tragically succumbed to her wounds later that same day.

    “The world” is not “reeling” at these horrific individual or group, murders!
    Only the Western media is “reeling”!

    In Africa, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. where ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Taliban, kill large numbers of people regularly, these are trivial incidents in comparison!



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  • Whilst Nawaz, on the regressive left, is sound, I don’t agree with his illustrations of these two events. These solitary acts have a very strong element of mental illness within them. Mateen less obviously so, but quite enough to not use it as illustrative of something. There ar plenty of other examples to use. Mateen may not be so ill that he doesn’t understand the mitigation of using a religio-political cover for his homophobia. Lone killers are rarely terrorist. All ideologies must share some blame for the mad and half mad acts committed in their name.

    It is not “regressive” to comment fairly on motivations, lest we undercut the value of our other accusations.



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  • Self-starter. No, it started when Mateen was little kid and told that he was a Muslim child. (God knows what this person’s early childhood was like.) Way before that, to be precise. It started with Islam itself, with its atrocious condemnation of homosexuality, and with Beliefs, Beliefs in what Hitchens, a courageous man, described as a celestial dictator, and with a Holy Book, and a culture that still buries women up to their shoulders and stones them for merely being accused of infidelity. It started with a frightened and lost and yes, oppressed people. (The palestinian problem, a cruel occupation.) I don’t want to paint Muslim life in an excessively negative light, but in spite of the injustices they have faced it’s hard not to these days.
    Watery words, once again, with all due respect. Ever thought of writing an article for this site called “Islam is a deeply flawed religion and much of the Koran is vile and just plain wrong”? That would be powerful. You’d need guards 24/7.
    You’re preaching not to the choir, but to people who are, for the most part, deeply opposed to religion and see it as a great source of evil.
    Cox’s killer was schizophrenic, I think. I don’t know about Mateen either. My hunch is that he had become a monster.
    This isn’t just about hate feeding on hate. That’s a fruitless platitude, although like all platitudes there is some truth to it.
    How do we know what is going on in “the world’s” head? I for one had very little difficulty “processing” this sick act of genocide in Florida. I was very upset and angered by it.—That’s it. I suspect that many so-called moderate Muslims took it very calmly.



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  • Dan

    It all started when Mateen was little kid and told that he was a Muslim child. (God knows what this person’s early childhood was like.)

    Indeed we don’t know.

    We have an endless amount of irrefutable evidence of the harms of Islamic fundamentalism, and of the coerced devout.

    We don’t have to scrabble after every last piece. Indeed, our overal case against Islamic fundamentalism is strengthened if we are seen to set aside examples because the case isn’t entirely sound.

    I have suitably implicated the religion as a dangerous source of ideas for the mentally unstable.



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