By Paul J. Balles
13 February 2011,
Paul J. Balles looks at how key opinion formers in the United States, from the media to politicians, are brainwashing the public into anti-Muslim hysteria by labelling as “Muslim or Islamic extremists” anyone who refuses to cow-tow to Israel, America or their stooges.
At least seven times today [12 February] I heard TV newscasters refer to Muslim or Islamic extremists.
The amount and level of this kind of fraudulent suggestiveness has been increasing almost daily.
I call it fraudulent because people hearing this mix of Muslim with extremist repeated often enough become brainwashed into thinking that all Muslims are extremists.
The reference to Islamic extremists is frequently made on Fox News by Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
Now, as chief Fox propagandist, Glenn Beck has the American left wing collaborating with his paranoid vision: “Believe what you want but the left is working hand-in-hand with the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim extremists... Hand-in-hand"...
Sean Hannity isn't much better, saying things like, "It seems to me that Islamic extremism is the 21st century threat that (communism) posed in the last century..."
Similar Islamophobic references have been heard on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and other networks in the USA. Even reporters on the liberal MSNBC have been guilty of falsely connecting Islam and extremism.
The Associated Press says: "A Senate report on the Fort Hood shooting is sharply critical of the FBI's failure to recognize warning signs that an army psychiatrist had become an Islamist extremist..."
A Senate committee, headed by Joe Lieberman, asserted that "The enemy – Islamist extremists – must be labelled correctly and explicitly ... in order for the military to counter the extremism."
Recently, while commenting on the protesters in Egypt, several reporters referred to the Muslim Brotherhood as extremists.
Professor Sami Hamod says that the Muslim Brotherhood originated as a tool of America. How can they be extremists?
It seems that members of groups opposed to US interference in the Middle East get labelled Islamic extremists.
The entire population of Iran seems to have qualified as Islamic extremists because Iran refuses to cow-tow to Israel and America.
Syria and Lebanon, despite non-Muslim populations, have been dubbed Islamist extremists because they have failed to sign peace treaties with Israel.
So-called Islamic extremists have forced the king of Jordan to fire his entire cabinet. In Yemen, they provided the impetus for Ali Abdullah Saleh to announce that he won't run for re-election. Both instances were obviously meant to stave off popular rebellions.
Despite the fact that Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the departed president of Tunisia, were both dictators hated by their publics, the rebellions have been referred to as the work of Islamic terrorists.
Recently Tony Blair warned the West that it must abandon its "wretched posture of apology" towards Islamic extremism.
Newscasters, reporters, commentators, politicians and leaders, infected with religious bigotry, need urgent rehabilitation.