I noticed in my 20’s the approach an acquaintance of mine used when he was asked a question by a pair of young women that he didn’t really want to answer. He emitted a torrent of words like a squid squirts ink and kept talking until they heartily repented of questioning him and had vowed in their hearts never to do it again. It was not a form of persuasion. It was a form of domination to achieve compliance.
It appears to me that this is the favorite tactic of twenty-three-year-old Kejda Gjermani, whom I found today commenting in a thread at The Other McCain to his post, “As predicted, LGF attacks Malkin.” I took the suggestion of another commenter to Google her screen name, “Medaura.” (Her profile at “PeekYou” comes up — another commenter in that thread at The Other McCain says that her husband founded “PeekYou.”)
I was reading The Other McCain because Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs wrote a post yesterday doubling down on his campaign to tar prominent conservative and libertarian bloggers as racists. I was preparing to write a post in support of Stacy — he is not a racist and he is not a white supremacist.
Johnson, in his post yesterday, is using the “waving the paper” technique that trial lawyers employ. To wit, wave a random piece of paper and claim it is damning evidence. If the witness does not demand to see it — and discover it is no such thing — a guilty one will then confirm the existence of the damning evidence by reacting to it. So Charles put up a bunch of links purporting to prove Stacy McCain is a racist — Stacy already explained they do no such thing on account of the fact that he is not, and never has been, a racist — so the trick didn’t produce a confession. However, the effect of the post on Stacy is to waste his time forcing him to reply. Plus, I suspect what Charles was really playing to is the court of public opinion, which will NOT investigate the truth of Charles’s “evidence” or read Stacy’s defense but will say, “Why, Charles lists so many links that he must be right.” (Charles is wrong.)
Ironically, I think Charles, who rightly opposes Creationism and Intelligent Design (which originated from a deliberately deceitful distortion of my father’s work), is employing a technique that proponents of Intelligent Design use: keep a constant stream of specious objections to Darwin’s theory of evolution going to wear out the real scientists and force them to throw away any hope of using their careers to advance science because they must fight the modern equivalent of the belief that our planet Earth is flat.
Likewise, Charles Johnson– and his minions, including Kejda Gjermani — are, (1) forcing legitimate anti-jihadists to defend themselves non-stop so they can’t do any work against the Islamic jihad against the West, AND (2), put such a fog of complicated accusations on them that it is almost impossible for their prospective supporters and allies to recognize them as allies.
Another technique that Kejda Gjermani seems to be using is the pose of the “concern troll.”
I learned about “concern trolls” in the fall of 2008 from HillBuzz, which was a regular target of the Obama campaign’s paid trolls (see comment #25). They operate by feigning agreement and support, but then express fears and concerns with the objective of demoralizing the blogger and his or her readers. This is consistent with the persuasion model employed by sociopaths: say one thing, do another. Kejda Gjermani may say she opposes Islamic jihad against the West and just wants to purify the European and North American anti-jihad movement of people she claims oppose jihad for the wrong reasons — racism, fascism, whatever. Never mind the reality that she — and Charles Johnson– are destroying the reputations of jihad’s legitimate opponents like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer and thwarting their efforts against the Islamic jihad against the West.
For Charles and Kejda, it is supremely important to oppose the requirement of Islam to kill or convert all non-believers ONLY for the right reasons. If you oppose being killed for not practicing the right kind of Islam — or, if you are a woman, even for practicing the right kind of Islam but not up to the standards of the gang of rapists and murderers who have appointed themselves as your judges and executioners — well, you pretty much have it coming, if I understand Charles Johnson and Kejda Gjermani correctly. Oh, and you’re a RAAAAACIST, too!
Now Charles Johnson and his ink-squirting minion, Kejda Gjermani, have targeted Robert Stacy McCain of The Other McCain with the intention of destroying him with false accusations of racism and white supremacy for no other reasons than that he has been pouring copious amounts of sunshine on the corrupt Obama administration AND the corrupt anti-Palin, pro-Obama blogosphere — oh, and he opposes the Islamic jihad against the West AND supports Israel, too, the bastard.
My friend Robert Stacy McCain is NOT a racist.
My friend Robert Stacy McCain is NOT a white supremacist.
In The Passionate State of Mind, Eric Hoffer writes, “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” So I have to ask: what inner demons of hatred and prejudice are Charles Johnson and Kejda Gjermani expiating by falsely accusing others of racism and fascism?
Stacy is wondering, “Who is Kejda Gjermani? Is she actually LGF ‘Medaura’?” Kejda gloats about destroying Robert Spencer and threatens to do the same to Stacy. Since “PeekYou” identifies Kejda Gjermani as “Medaura” and a commenter at The Other McCain says “PeekYou” was founded by Medaura’s husband, Michael Hussey, it seems reasonable that Gjermani is, indeed, Medaura.
Via Free Republic comments on Victor Davis Hanson’s defense of LGF, which was based on having gone bike-riding with Charles Johnson once and glancing at LGF recently to see what all the fuss is about, I found a post by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, addressing the smear campaign Kejda and Charles have waged against him, which has resulted in empowering Islamic jihad — “Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs — tool of Hamas-backed CAIR“:
Back in October 2007, libelblogger Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs first began tarring several European political parties as racists and neo-Nazis, and accordingly smearing the Counterjihad conference in Brussels as some kind of neofascist gathering, despite the fact that Andrew Bostom spoke there about Islamic antisemitism, and Israeli Knesset member Aryeh Eldad spoke as well, along with the great historian Bat Ye’or and others, including me.
Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, who was also there, wrote of Charles’s reaction that it was “wrong to dismiss this incredible effort by so many brave fighters and truth tellers so casually and so out of hand.” The next day it got even more wrong when the Council on American-Islamic Relations — unindicted co-conspirators in a Hamas jihad terror funding case — used Johnson’s material to defame me in a press release; I responded to CAIR’s libels here, and Pamela wrote a post entitled “LGF and CAIR,” saying, “It is most unfortunate when a group of Islamic thugs get inspiration from LGF. I never thought I would see the day that CAIR and Charles over at Little Green Footballs would be aligned against a counter jihad movement, but perhaps pigs do fly.”
Victor, now hear this: Charles Johnson and Kejda Gjermani are working together to discredit the handful of bloggers like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller who are fighting Muslim jihad against the West, educating the public about it and fighting for Israel. What better way to support Islamic jihad and terrorism than to discredit this brave handful of anti-Jihad bloggers falsely?