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Midland Nazi turns to Islam
per Amardeep Bassey, Sunday Mercury
10 feb 2006
A "Satanic Fuhrer" who urged neo-Nazis to fight a race war has turned full circle to become an Islamic fundamentalist.
Midland-based David Myatt, 51, was the political guru behind white supremacist group Combat 18 and has been the leading hardline Nazi intellectual in Britain since the 1960s.
Now the self-confessed Pagan and Adolf Hitler worshipper hails al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as his inspiration and praises the World Trade Center attacks as acts of heroism.
Writing under various pseudo-nyms, including his Islamic name Abdul Aziz, the thrice-married Physics graduate has posted messages on Islamic religious websites supporting suicide missions and urging young Muslims to take up Jihad.
He is also believed to be the author of several anti-semitic and anti-West articles entitled 'The Crusader War Against Islam and The Zionist Quest for World Domination', written under the name Abdul Aziz ibn Myatt.
It is a far cry from his previous literary works which included the 1997 fascist terrorist handbook 'The Practical Guide to Aryan Revolution'. The book inspired Brixton nail-bomber David Copeland, who is now serving six life sentences.
According to anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, Myatt was also the Grand Master of a secret occult sect called the Order of the Nine Angels, which was alleged to have practised human sacrifice.
But a Sunday Mercury investigation suggests that his sudden conversion to Islam three years ago may be just a political ploy to advance his own failing anti-establishment agenda.
We discovered that Myatt uses various online identities to simultaneously post supportive messages on right-wing nationalist websites, while calling for the creation of a global Islamic superstate on Islamic religious internet sites.
On one site, Aryan Nation, he attempts to reconcile the differences between both extremes under the title Islamic Liaison Group dating his messages with his trademark yf (Year of the Fuhrer).
On another he argues that Muslims and Aryans share the same common enemy in the Jewish nation and western capitalism, supporting his diatribe with claims that more than 60,000 Muslims joined Hitler's SS in the Second World War.
He also continues to publish newsletters for his own German Nazi-modelled National Socialist Movement (NSM) which counted Copeland as a branch organiser and advocated terrorist insurrection to spark a race war.
On Islamic internet discussion sites he likens the American attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq to the Allied occupation of Hitler's Nazi Germany.
One Muslim internet user told the Sunday Mercury that Myatt, who has an IQ of 187, had convinced other users he was an Islamic scholar with his eloquent arguments backed with Koranic verses.
He said: "After September 11 Abdul Aziz's messages started to become more extreme.
"But because he wrote with authority, many less-knowledgeable Muslims thought he was a holy man and began supporting his fundamentalist views.
"When his true identity was revealed by other users on the site, he changed his online name to Abdul bin Aziz and then al Haqq.
"Other e-mail addresses he used included sheikh ARROBA al-qaeda.com.
"He was a very popular and controversial figure until he was unmasked late last year, after which people became much more wary about what he was writing and his messages dried up."
Gerry Gable, from anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, said: "Myatt is an ethereal character who has used numerous aliases to post messages on extremist websites.
"He is a dangerous man who has twice been jailed for his violent right-wing activities and who openly asked for blood to be spilled in the quest for white Aryan domination.
"We believe that despite his claims to be a devout Muslim he remains a deeply intellectual subversive and is still one of the most hardline Nazi intellectuals in Britain today.
"Myatt believes in the disruption of existing societies as a prelude to the creation of a new more warrior-like Aryan society which he calls the Galactic Empire.
"Now he has has simply jumped on the Islamic extremist bandwagon to further his own wish of a society divided on ethnic lines.
"He believes they have common enemies but it is his disillusionment with the ineptitude of the Nazi movement that has led to this most unholy of alliances."
Michael Whine, Chairman of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, added: "Myatt has a long history of involvement with Nazi activity and anti-semitism.
"The fact that he has converted to Islam and allied himself with its extremist fringe is in line with the opportunist politics that have seen him dabble in Buddhism and Chinese Taoism in the past.
"I would advise all Muslims to have nothing to do with this man."
But one hardline Islamic group has defended Myatt and welcomed him with open arms.
Sheikh Omar Bakri, leader of the extremist Al Muhajiroun organisation, said: "When you become a Muslim you start afresh with a clean slate so it does not matter what views he held before.
"I am very keen to meet up with him as we both share a lot in common and I am sure he can help the Islamic cause."
Myatt was last night unavailable for comment, having moved from his Leigh Sinton home in Worcestershire some years ago.
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11 feb 2006
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11 feb 2006
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Islam's Holocaust denial trap
By John Bunzl
VIENNA - When reading the infamous statements by Iranian President Ahmadinejad and similar utterances by other Arab or Muslim spokespeople an obvious contradiction becomes apparent: They oscillate between denying the Holocaust ?(e.g., calling it a myth?) and demanding that the price for the Holocaust ?(meaning contrary to the denial, it is something that must have happened?) should be paid by those who committed it ?(Germany, Austria, Europe, Christianity, the West?) and not by the Palestinians.
This contradiction can be explained by forms of Holocaust instrumentalization specific to a Middle Eastern context. Although it is not always easy to distinguish between these and other European/Christian forms, it could be stated in a general way that the latter try to rehabilitate anti-Semitic atrocities and their perpetrators, while the former try to delegitimize the State of Israel. It is this attempt and the ?(partly true?) assumption that the Holocaust is used to justify Israeli policies that obstructs the perception of the Holocaust as a tragedy in its own right.
A simple experiment might illustrate this observation: Let?s assume for a moment that the Zionists had chosen to colonize, say, Argentina. This would probably have eliminated any attempts by Arab intellectuals to trivialize the Holocaust. Since pro-Zionist forces in the United States would have occupied themselves with developments in Latin America, theories of an imperialist-Zionist plot to dominate the Middle East and confront Islam would hardly have come up.
But the struggle over Palestine created a mental and conceptual trap. Zionist colonization and native resistance constitute the core of the conflict. But due to its long duration, a legitimizing superstructure developed. The notion that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," combined with conspiracy theories − both phenomena being traditionally widespread in Oriental political culture − opened the door to a selective adoption of anti-Semitic "ideas" deriving from a European/Christian context. To this must be added rudimentary anti-Jewish elements in the Koran that could be exploited and blown out of proportion. Perceptions of the Holocaust have to be "understood" in this context.
Another context derives from the concept of Israel being the state of the Jewish people and being the ultimate response to the Holocaust, and the idea of Israel often using this tragedy to justify its actions and to silence its critics. Israeli Holocaust exploitation is apparently a source for the misconception that recognizing the Holocaust equals supporting Zionism. This misconception is facilitated by the fact that objective scholarly research on the genocide of Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators has not been conducted in the Arab/Muslim world, that translations of the best studies on this period are not available and that cultural productions do not deal seriously with the issue - all guided by the misleading notion that such activity would play into the hands of the Zionist enemy.
It was the late Edward Said who thought differently. He argued convincingly that recognizing the Holocaust for what it was ?(a genocide of the Jewish people?) would increase the moral validity and legitimacy to demand recognition of the ?(very different?) Palestinian Nakba ?(?catastrophe? of 1948?), and that such recognition would make it easier to understand some features of Israeli society that genuinely reflect consequences of trauma and cannot be reduced to effects of political instrumentalization.
A closer look at these consequences will reveal the fact that Holocaust awareness within Jewish society does not inevitably lead to anti-Palestinian ?(anti-Arab or anti-Muslim?) conclusions, but can - to the contrary - be invoked to support humanist and universalist
Whatever Arab, Muslim or other "Revisionists" say, the trauma of Nazi atrocities is still with us - and denial will not make it go away.
John Bunzl is a scholar on the Middle East desk of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and a professor of political science at the University of