"Moderate Muslim" Hamid Mir Drops the Mask

Hamid Mir, “moderate” top Pakistani TV anchor, caught aiding Taliban jihadists

Robert Spencer:

Many non-Muslims in Europe and America have been taken in by Hamid Mir, a self-professed “moderate.” I was on to him years ago. So was Pamela Geller. We were both lectured self-righteously about how we had to support “moderates.” And now here we are. I hate to say “I told you so,” but I don’t hate it all that much.

Comfy with Binny………

“Hamid Mir’s terrifying indiscretions,” from the Daily Times, May 16 (thanks to JW)

Reminds me a bit of this “Palistanian” doctor here, who blew himself up along with six CIA operatives who trusted him. Video screen grab  shows Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, right, reading a statement to camera vowing revenge, here from Infidels are cool:

LAHORE: A shocking audiotape of a conversation between Hamid Mir – one of the country’s top TV anchors – and a man purportedly linked to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, has revealed that negative information that Mir passed on to the Taliban could have led to the execution of Khalid Khawaja, the retired Air Force official allegedly killed by a group calling themselves the ‘Asian Tigers’.

The tape Рwhich has Mir divulging dirt on Khawaja, ostensibly to someone who is going to cross examine him Рwas first posted by the Let Us Build Pakistan blog, and picked up by other online publications, including Caf̩ Pyala. It is still unclear who made the tape, with online speculation suggesting that it could be the militants themselves, or even intelligence agencies who released the recording.

Whatever the source may be, it is clear that one of the voices on the tape is Mir’s, a fact corroborated by his allusions to events such as his sacking from the daily Ausaf. In the tape, the person on the other end asks Mir for information on Khalid Khawaja. The content of the conversation suggests that this call was made before Khawaja’s execution earlier this month. Mir goes on to detail what he knows about Khawaja’s background, linking him to the CIA, an international network of Qadianis and an American named Mansur Ejaz, who, Mir claims, even offered to solve the Kashmir issue.

At one point, the voice on the other end claims to have abducted Khawaja. Here, Mir volunteers further information linking Khawaja to the Lal Masjid operation, saying that Khawaja and his wife were the ones responsible for the death of Ghazi Rasheed and the humiliating capture of Maulana Abdul Aziz and his family. Mir then urges the man to cross-examine Khawaja about his relationship with Mansur Ejaz, Qadianis and a CIA agent named William Casey….

Will the American non-Muslims who pushed Mir tirelessly before conservative audiences and vociferously denounced those who exposed him now apologize? I won’t be holding my breath.

Comment by Hugh Fitzgerald

This story of Hamid MIr is both incredible and not at all incredible. It is incredible in the sense that the story of Hamid Mir perfectly incapsulates, beyond anyone’s wildest rhetorical dreams, the way in which Muslims are capable of fooling the world, or much of it. For Hamid Mir not only fooled, it appears, a great many people in the United States when he came on his mission, but also may have fooled, in a different way, even some fellow Muslims who, while they were prepared to indulge him as long as Al Qaeda and other groups consisting of people who took their Islam straight up were waging war on Americans, or Indians, are not prepared to see these groups also wage war on fellow Muslims, that is the landowners in feudal Pakistan, or the other zamindars and generals who never minded the anti-Infidel hatred, but do mind being made the object of attack.

But it is not at all incredible to those who have been coming to this website. We are not surprised, just in the way that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has said that when she heard, late on September 11, 2001of what had happened that morning, she was both surprised and not at all surprised, surprised at the operation itself, but not at all surprised in another sense, for she immediately understood who had done it, and why, for she had been living with the texts of Islam, and the attitudes of Muslims toward Infidels, all of her life.

When Hamid Mir came to the United States in 2006, no one in Pakistan saw him as anything more than a trusty true-blue Muslim. And in the United States, no one cared to see him as anything other than a plausible, nice guy, one more candidate in the “Moderate Muslim” competition. But he said this, and he said that, and for Spencer, that is for the well-informed, long used to detecting the telltale clues of what gives away the phoniness of various “moderate Muslims” — and also the motivation, for some Mulims misrepresent Islam out of embarrassment and an inability intellectually to justify, to themselves, their own insistence on remaining Muslims, so they make up a private Islam, and present it as the real thing, thus misleading Infidels as badly, sometimes, as the most determined deliberate practitioner of Taqiyya, such as the sinister and colubrine Tariq Ramadan.

When Robert grasped what Hamid Mir was about, he said so, thus no doubt earning him, back at that panel in 2006, a little distancing scorn from fellow panelists. But for posterity he made the happy choice not to leave it at that, but to put up a posting about it. So now it is there for all to see, and one hopes that Hamid-Mir will enter the language, as other names — Quisling, Martinet, Guillotin, Elbridge Gerry- have done. Let it stand for the problem of the Muslim “moderate” who plies his deceptive trade with great success, and no doubt would continue to do so uninterrupted, were he not finally unmasked. And in the case of Hamid Mir, the original, it took a fortuitous tape-recording in one country, in 2010, but for those willing to listen, only the observations on Hamid Mir’s telltale remarks, by the well-informed Robert Spencer, made four years earlier, in another.