Westminster Terror Attack: The Troofers Emerge

Yesterday I wrote about Tommy Robinson’s anti-Islam grandstanding next to the scene of Wednesday’s Westminster terrorist attack – today, it’s the other side of the coin:

Another London false flag? (updated)
By Kevin Barrett on March 22, 2017
Gladio B strikes London on Satanic holiday – one year after Brussels

Barrett, for the uninitiated, is an American 9/11 Truther and Holocaust revisionist who achieved some attention last year due to an association with Jill Stein’s running-mate Ajamu Baraka. Barrett is a convert to Islam, and he smugly discerns a “false flag” whenever there’s a terrorist atrocity involving Islamic extremism: his edited volumes include ANOTHER French False Flag?: Bloody Tracks from Paris to San BernardinoWe Are NOT Charlie Hebdo!: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11; and Orlando False Flag: The Clash of Histories (1).

His response to the Westminster attack, then, probably wrote itself:

Somebody spent a rather small sum of money to arrange a publicity stunt which did not even make a faint blip on the day’s (much less the year’s) accident statistics — but which reaped hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars worth of virtually free publicity for the perpetrators… The “vehicular attack” and “stabbing attack” motifs are Israeli. These are among the types of attacks that have characterized the latest Intifada, or Palestinian war of self-preservation against slow-motion Zionist genocide.

…Another sign of a false flag is the “iconic date,” often featuring the numeral 11 or multiples thereof. Today is 3/22, the first anniversary of the false flag attack in Brussels Airport. (322, a big time satanic number and date, is the identifier of the Skull and Bones secret society.)…

Particularly distastefully, Barrett even goes so far as to suggest that reports about the victims have been fabricated, sneeringly observing: “Yet another ‘victim from Utah’ – just a weird coincidence?”

When there is news of a terrorist attack, reasonable people will be cautious and circumspect in interpreting why and how it has happened. In due course, the facts of the situation will hopefully allow us to draw likely inferences about how involvement with particular networks, media consumption preferences, personal history and mental health may have combined to produce a tragedy.

In contrast, a charlatan has a ready explanation that requires just a few scraps from which to build an edifice. Thus for the anti-Islam activists, Wednesday’s event was first the result of immigration (it turns out that the Westminster killer was born in Britain), and then proof that British-born Muslims don’t integrate (we now know that he converted to Islam as an adult). An overarching theory is derived from news reports, and sensational anecdotes are not balanced against the reality of most Muslims going about their daily lives just like most people.

Similarly, the “Truther” conspiracy theorist claims to have a superior ability to interpret what’s “really” going on – despite knowing no more about the specifics of a situation than the rest of us, and despite being dismissive of those doing the reporting, who are thought to be in on a massive conspiracy to deceive. Barrett’s bizarre pseudo-context does not solve any unexplained element to the Westminster attack, which is why he resorts to trying to suggest that “accident statistics” mean that the attack was given an anomalous amount of attention: a non-problem for which he has a non-explanation.

I reluctantly draw attention to Barrett’s ramblings for two reasons.

First, his emphasis on “Satanism”  is part of a wider resurgence in “Satanic panic” conspiricism, as manifested in ideas such as “Pizzagate“, extravagant allegations about ritualistic sex abuse supposedly committed by British and European politicians and VIPs, and the “Hoaxstead” fiasco.

Second, Barrett has just given an interview to the Richie Allen Show, which bills itself as “Europe’s most listened to [Verified] Independent News Radio Show”. (2) The programme is an offshoot of David Icke’s operation, and Allen uses it to platform a whole host of notorious conspiracy mongers. Among other subjects, Barrett and Allen talked about the “House of Rothschild” (another conspiracy theory that is inching towards the mainstream in Britain) and lamented how Alex Jones had “sold out”. The show followed an episode in which Allen chatted with Michael Shrimpton, during which Shrimpton and Allen disagreed amiably over whether ISIS had been created by German Intelligence (Shrimpton’s obsession) or by Mossad.

Footnote

(1) At least one of these books comes with illustrations by David Dees, a former Sesame Street illustrator who now produces cartoons that mix anti-Semitic tropes will depictions of “elite Satanism” and such. David Icke sometimes Tweets Dees’s material.

(2) Allen’s other guests over the years have included the likes of Erich von Däniken, Andrew Wakefield, David Shayler, Christopher Monckton, and Tony Gosling. However, not all of Allen’s guests are on the fringes: other recent guests have included Michael Mansfield QC, and Esther Baker, who is part of an anti-child sex abuse “scene” with several high-profile activists.

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