Monday, February 15, 2016
The CJM (Counter-Jihad Mainstream)
In my previous posting, (Damned if we do, damned if we don't...), I breezed over a new term I've come up with:
...like Robert Spencer and the rest of the CJM (Counter-Jihad Mainstream)...
As with other terms I've come up with over the years to denote phenomena that keep impinging on me and annoying me (e.g., "PC MC", "asymptotic", "the Comfortably Apolitical"), I realized that I need a term to denote a Counter-Jihad whose leadership consistently promotes a soft approach to the problem of Muslims while promoting a hard line against Islam, and whose civilian members follow along more or less like sheep (sometimes turning to wolves to attack those who dare to criticize the methodology or analysis of one of their Exalted Leaders). Moreover, at times, even that hard line against Islam is not maintained -- e.g., Daniel Pipes or, more elliptically, Robert Spencer; not to mention in a multitude of subtle ways by which the Counter-Jihad rhetoric telegraphs between the lines a taxonomy of the problem insulating Islam per se. Thus, for example, a random survey of the otherwise fine Counter-Jihad blog Ruthfully Yours yields various essays with phrases like "Islamists such as Erdogan" (what exactly is an "Islamist" and how is that different from a "Muslim"...?) and "Daniel Pipes has riveted his attention upon the threat that radical Islam poses to civilized life in nearly every corner of the globe" (what exactly is "radical Islam" and is it worse than unqualified, natural "Islam" without additives...?).
All this and a thousand other instances I've noticed over the years indicates an unspoken norm guiding the Counter-Jihad (such as it is), creating a phenomenon that calls for a new term. And that term is the CJM -- the Counter-Jihad Mainstream.
I chose that purposefully to play on a consonance with the Mainstream Media about which the Counter-Jihad is always bitching.
So, today's exhibits are Tatjana Festerling and Anne Marie Waters -- two otherwise commendable street warriors in the Counter-Jihad, who have been centrally and bravely active in the PEGIDA movement in Europe... who, when they begin to utter formulations, unfortunately lapse into CJM rhetoric.
In a recent interview with Festerling reported at Gates of Vienna, she does just fine for many hundreds of words, but then at a certain point has an asymptotic spasm: