Block that simile

James Bloodworth pointed out an extraordinary claim by Stop the War yesterday:

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Say what?

Benn does not even seem to realize that the jihadist movement that ultimately spawned Daesh is far closer to the spirit of internationalism and solidarity that drove the International Brigades than Cameron’s bombing campaign – except that the international jihad takes the form of solidarity with oppressed Muslims, rather than the working class or the socialist revolution.

No. It isn’t.

The kind or type or category of internationalism and solidarity that drives Daesh is profoundly different from the kind or type or category that drove the International Brigades. (Here I’m talking about the individuals who joined the IB, not the Stalinists who ran them and ended up purging them.) The “spirit” that drives Daesh is far closer to the “spirit” that drove Franco and the falangists than it is to the one that drove the IB. Franco crushed the Spanish Republican government for Catholicism and the clergy as well as for the monarchy. Daesh has very little in common with the people who joined the IB and a great deal in common with Franco and company. The mere fact that Daesh attracts people from all over the planet is far from enough to make it comparable to the IB.

The ummah is not like the global community that Marxists or human rights campaigners have in mind. The ummah is defined by a single religion, called Submission. It assumes the non-existence of other religions, and to the extent that the other religions persist, their members are not part of the ummah. People who have no religion are also not part of the ummah. People who were once (voluntarily or by birth) members of Submission who have left are really not part of the ummah.

The ummah is ruled by a book, one single book. It has a “prophet” who is to be treated as quasi-divine. This “prophet” issued a lot of rules 14 centuries ago, and submission to those rules is the whole duty of the ummah. Punishments in the ummah are harsh.

The ummah is not any kind of utopia or Better Place. The Stoppers are terribly confused.

Harry’s Place has more. Stop the War took the post down but here’s a cache.

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