It has been five days since Andrew Bostom posted on his blog the important story of the only American politician to date to demonstrate a sound Islamorealism, Allen West. And four days ago, Diana West posted the story on her blog. Three days ago, Lawrence Auster did the same. And yet Robert Spencer has still failed to publish a post about this on his most influential blog, Jihad Watch.
Then yesterday, Auster posted a notice about my post yesterday which called attention to this curious omission by Spencer.
Speaking of that notice, I am reminded, from reading it, in which he links to this article here, that Auster has not merely been ignored by Spencer for many months, he was publicly condemned by Spencer in the pages of Jihad Watch some time ago (I believe about two years ago) -- thus breaking the Rule of the Gentlemen's Agreement by which tensions and animosities within the anti-Islam movement are usually swept under the rug and not aired out in the sunshine of public discussion and debate. Apparently for the "Gentlemen" involved, it's okay to publicly condemn a Charles Johnson or a Lawrence Auster (even though Auster is not guilty of the sins of Johnson), but one must hide behind closed doors when negotiating the differences -- or perhaps serious ruptures -- with other erstwhile colleagues, such as Bruce Bawer, Diana West, Andrew Bostom, and perhaps now also the Baron from the Gates of Vienna blog (which interestingly no longer appears on the Jihad Watch blogroll, and whose copious and valuable coverage of the Geert Wilders trial has been utterly ignored by Spencer).
Who knows why Spencer is behaving this way. It's even stranger now that I see that his partner, Pam Geller, whose articles he has published on Jihad Watch for about a year now and with whom he has been a busy beaver in related anti-jihad activities (who obviously is not a persona non grata to the Gentleman's Club -- at least not yet) -- herself posted a supportive article today on her blog, Atlas Shrugs, dated Feb. 18, on Allen West and even wrote in the introduction that "I am a huge supporter of West". Furthermore, on Feb. 15, Geller noted in an article on that same blog of hers that Allen West was a speaker at an F.D.I. function -- the same organization she and Spencer have created. Perhaps this is just a rare oversight on Spencer's part. Or has he become so joined to the hip of Geller that he supposes what she posts need not be additionally posted by him? (If only you Aristocrats of the Gentlemen's Club (where women like Geller can kick back and smoke cigars too now) would apprise us peons of the anti-Islam movement of important goings-on behind your closed doors, we wouldn't have to speculate so.)
Bottom line: There is no excuse for Spencer to fail to use his influential website to publicize this most important American politician, Allen West. Better late than never, Robert. Hop to it. Time's a-wastin'.