In political jargon, a useful idiot, is a pejorative term that was supposedly Lenin’s – a term for people who engage in propaganda for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the promoters of the cause. Lenin is supposed to have referred to blind defenders and apologists for the Soviet Union in the Western democracies as “useful idiots.”
Some say that today the term “useful idiots” can be used to describe those who support a malignant cause which they naively believe to be a force for good. In America today, some of the former Muslims are serving the same purpose in support for rising Islamophobia and the disastrous War on Terror with disastrous consequences for domestic civil liberties, the privatization of public treasury and the endless wars abroad.
Ayaan Hersi Ali, a Somali immigrant and the wife of British historian and public commentator Niall Ferguson, is the latest mainstream media’s and think tanks’ useful idiot. Hersi Ali is the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead. As the most out-spoken of former Muslims, she’s relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-brush denunciations of Islam and makes preposterous claims, such as Islam will take over the West. She left her Islamic faith after realizing that she didn’t want to keep a low profile for ever.
A life of atheist promised the allure of money, freedom and camaraderie with many famous peoples. But as it usually the case, however, beneath the veneer of public excitement lies a wounded animal.
The traditional and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage left her shell-shocked and traumatized both as a victim and witness to Muslim abuses and violence. It is possible she is still suffering from a case of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and prolonged grief that stem from her life-changing FGM experience, which may have played a role in her apostasy…
It goes on and on. At the end there is further reading suggested, one of which includes a piece called “Six Jewish Companies Control 96% of the World’s Media” (which they must assume is relevant to Ayaan Hirsi Ali somehow).
They also include the New York Times — technically the owners are Jewish but you would never guess that from reading it.
I am not sure about some of the others.
The list of media excludes government-owned outlets like BBC.