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Monday, 12 September 2016

Prince Hussein on Trump & Farage as “demagogues and fantasists”

Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein - a Jordanian of the Hashemite tribe (which traces itself back to Muhammed) - has just called various right-wing Western politicians "demagogues and political fantasists". Mr Hussein did so while addressing a security conference in The Hague.

Here's a few words on the Prince himself.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He's the son of Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid, the former Lord Chamberlain of Jordan. Hussein himself was once Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

A Jordanian as a UN human rights chief? That's the same Jordan that doesn't allow a single Jew to become a citizen and which is a specialist administrator of torture. (Jordan does allow Israelis and Jewish tourists.) This also squares well with all those Saudis at the United Nations who preach to the rest of the world about interfaith, terrorism and, believe it or not, human rights.

Here's Wikipedia on Jordan's current record:

- limitations on the right of citizens to change their government peacefully;
- cases of arbitrary deprivation of life, torture, poor prison conditions, impunity, arbitrary arrest and denial of due process through administrative detention, and prolonged detention;
- breaches of fair trial standards and external interference in judicial decisions;
- infringements on privacy rights;
- limited freedoms of speech and press, and government interference in the media and threats of fines and detention that encourage self-censorship;
- restricted freedoms of assembly and association...
- legal and societal discrimination and harassment of religious minorities and converts from Islam are a concern...
- legal and societal discrimination and harassment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community;
- loss of Jordanian nationality by some citizens of Palestinian origin;
- restricted labor rights; and
- cases of abuse of foreign domestic workers.”

Prince al-Hussein included Geert Wilders, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage in his broad generalisations. However, he singled out the Dutch leader, Geert Wilders, as an especially bad “bigot”.

Then Trump and Farage came in for an attack. Apparently they use the same tactics as the Islamic State. Yes, you read that correctly.

Well, if Geert Wilders is a “demagogue and political fantasist”, so too are very many people in the Netherlands because opinion polls have just told us that Wilders' party - the Freedom Party (PVV) - is leading the polls in that part of the world.

Wilders, like Nigel Farage, has also recently addressed the American people. More precisely, Wilders addressed the US Republican Party National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, last month.

Prince al-Hussein went into more detail when he spoke at the inauguration of the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation.

Firstly, he said that he was speaking directly to Geert Wilders and his “acolytes”. Indeed he was speaking to all the populists, demagogues and political fantasists who inhabit Europe and America.

Prince Hussein continued:

"I am a Muslim, who is, confusingly to racists, also white-skinned; whose mother is European and father, Arab. And I am angry, too, because of Mr Wilders' lies and half-truths, manipulations and peddling of fear."

Isn't it strange when European political/economic elites and Arab princes (in this case) cast disparaging remarks about “populists” and populism? It's as if populism is as culpable as racism is nowadays. It's also interesting to hear Hussein say that because he's white, this ends up being “confusing to racists”. Really? But, Prince Hussein, Islam is not a race and neither do Muslims constitute a single race. So why should patriots and counter-jihadists be confused by Hussein's whiteness? Is he mixing-up patriots and counter-jihadists with those very many Leftists who see everything in terms of race? Or, instead, is he confusing them with the very many Muslims who use the “race card” to quell all criticisms of Islam and Muslims (as Muslims)?

Prince Hussein returned to his themes of populism and Mr Wilders. His said that the PVV's (Wilders' party) manifesto is “grotesque” and that Wilders has much in common with Donald Trump, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen, and UKip's Nigel Farage. Moreover, he called for decisive political action to be taken against populism and patriotism. (Whatever could he mean by that?)

In one news piece I read, Prince Hussein talked about “half-truths” and “oversimplification” when it comes to Islam. In detail, he said:

But in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Daesh uses tactics similar to those of the populists."

That's strange really because Hussein, at least here, seems not to have given any examples of such “half-truths” or “oversimplifications”. However, since Hussein pretends to believe that all the critics of Islam think that there can be no such thing as a white or a yellow Muslim, perhaps he's mistaking Islam's critics for other people.

I said earlier that International Socialists (i.e., Leftists) see everything in terms of race (as National Socialists also do), and that Muslims use the charge of racism to help them install sharia blasphemy law, so here's Hussein elaborating on this. He said that "humiliating racial and religious prejudice fanned by the likes of Mr Wilders" had become official policy in some countries.

Mr Hussein also warned that such racism and populism could easily and quickly descend into “colossal violence”. The only places in which there is colossal violence nowadays are Muslim countries. These Muslims, however, aren't the victims of white racism or populism: they are victims of Muslim-on-Muslim “hate”. As for Europe and the United States, it will almost a certainty be the case that most of the violence which happens in the future in these countries will be the responsibility of Muslims. And Prince Hussein himself will bear some of the responsibility for that.

Prince al-Hussein finished off his speech with the following words:

"Are we going to continue to stand by and watch this banalisation of bigotry, until it reaches its logical conclusion?"

Sorry Mr Hussein, I see much more bigotry and violence coming from the Muslim quarter than I do from anywhere else in the world. And, in a certain sense, such violence is partly a result of what Hussein and his United Nations are attempting to bring about in European and American – i.e., sharia blasphemy law.

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