Myatt: Humility, Tolerance, and Islam

David Myatt

David Myatt

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According to Myatt he has republished the texts below “since the problems and the attitudes described in them six years ago are still relevant – if not more relevant – now.”

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Humility, Islam and The Need for Tolerance
(pdf)

Contents:

§ Prefatory Note
§ Of Learning Humility and Tolerance
§ Of Respect for Islam
§ Terror and Al-Quran
§ Of Islam and Violence
§ Conclusion

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Islam, The West, Prejudice, and Islamophobia
(pdf)

Contents:

§ Prefatory Note
§ Prejudice, Extremism, Islamophobia, and Culture
§ Toward A Balanced View Of Islam and The West
§ Concerning Islamophobia

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Source:
https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/humility-tolerance-islam-and-prejudice/

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David Myatt And The Jews

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

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The following extract from an article published in January 2019 in the prestigious academic journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism provides an interesting analysis of Myatt’s move from National Socialism to Islam.

Add to this analysis the fact of Myatt’s life-long belief that the Shoah is a modern myth and it is not surprising that he was and still is hated, reviled and the target of false, malicious and libellous allegations by Zionists, by anti-fascists, by Establishment journalists, and by others.

RDM Crew
June 2019

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Myatt eventually lost hope in the far right’s ability to combat Zionism […] He explained that he now believed there would never be a successful uprising “in any Western nation, by nationalists, racial nationalists, or National Socialists because these people lack the desire, the motivation, the ethos, to do this and because they do not have the support of even a large minority of their own folk.”

This disillusion contributed to Myatt’s turn to Islam. [He] drew a straight-line connection between his fight against the Jewish people as a neo-Nazi and as a Muslim.

Much of Myatt’s public writing during his time as a Muslim focused on encouraging enemies of the Jewish people to unite under a single banner. He exhorted “all enemies of the Zionists to embrace the Jihad,” referred to Islam as the “true martial religion,” and claimed that it “will most effectively fight against the Jews and the Americans.” Myatt praised Osama bin Laden, describing the al-Qaeda leader as “an exemplary warrior who has forsaken a life of luxury to pursue his Islamic duty.”

[The] thrust of his argument [was] that “the primary battle against the Zionist occupation government (ZOG) has shifted from the West to the Islamic world.”

Myatt provides an example of how one’s commitment to anti-Semitism can bridge the ideological divide between Nazism and jihadism.

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Source: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Madeleine Blackman (2019). Fluidity of the Fringes: Prior Extremist Involvement as a Radicalization Pathway. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. Taylor & Francis. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2018.1531545

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Practical Guide To Aryan Revolution

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David Myatt

Under the headline Online Neo-Nazis Are Increasingly Embracing Terror Tactics, the youth-orientated and popular Vice media website on January 28th 2019 published an article about a new “fascist” internet forum, which article happened to mention what is perhaps Myatt’s most notorious written work:

“Recently, a condensed copy of David Myatt’s Practical Guide to Aryan Revolution was added to the site – the text has been cited as being a direct influence in numerous right-wing terrorist attacks over in the past 20 years.”

However, the condensed version – the only version available on the internet – omits some of the practical chapters such as those titled “Racial War” and “Rules Of Engagement”.

According to one source the complete version provides “a detailed step-by-step guide for terrorist insurrection with advice on assassination targets, rationale for bombing and sabotage campaigns, and rules of engagement.” {1}

According to another source, a copy of the complete guide was discovered by police in the flat of David Copeland, the London nail-bomber {2}.

Other sources state that the guide may have influenced the National Socialist Underground {3}{4}, a German group responsible for ten murders, several bank robberies, and several bomb attacks.

Possession, and distribution, of the complete guide is a criminal offence in Britain, Germany, France, and many other European countries.

RDM Crew
January 2019

{1} Michael Whine. Cyberspace: A New Medium for Communication, Command and Control by Extremists, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume 22, Issue 3. Taylor & Francis. 1999.

{2} Nigel Copsey & Matthew Worley. Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The British Far Right since 1967. Routledge, 2017, p.156.

{3} Daniel Koehler. The German National Socialist Underground, in Jackson, Paul and Shekhovtsov, Anton (editors), The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right: A Special Relationship of Hate. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 134-135.

{4} Ikke så ensomme ulver. https://web.archive.org/web/20150923015005/http://www.nrk.no/ytring/ikke-sa-ensomme-ulver-1.11026908

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An Itinerant Jihadi

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Several pages of a new book – Itinerant Jihadis: Arab and Muslim War Volunteers by Raphael Israeli, published by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency – are devoted to David Myatt and his Muslim years, with the author quoting from several articles written by Myatt.

While there is nothing new about Myatt – with the information somewhat dated, and the author covering previously well-described aspects of Myatt’s life from his leadership of the NSM to his publicly-given (rather propagandistic) reason for converting to Islam – the author does, however, write that Myatt et al provide “incriminating evidence of the brewing Islamic subversion in Britain, and elsewhere, and of its close relationship with world Jihadi organizations.”


Islamic Terrorism: A Voice of Reason

David Myatt

David Myatt

Editorial Note: We republish here an article by Mr Myatt written in 2015 which concerns the causes of what has been described as “Islamic terrorism”. Myatt’s provides an alternative – a rational and a philosophical – explanation that is at odds with the strident political rhetoric of the past decade.

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Extremism, Terrorism, Culture, And Physis
A Question Of Being

Disinclined as I am, and as I have been for many years, to comment on recent events, I have – after much reflexion – decided to respond to certain questions asked of me, given that several friends and diverse individuals (communicating through correspondence forwarded to me through intermediaries) have expressed an interest in my opinion about some recent events in France because of my forty years of (now regretted) practical experience of extremism [1] and extremists and which experience included not only being an advocate, as a Muslim, of what has become known as ‘Islamic extremism’, but also of being a neo-nazi activist and ideologue who preached and who advocated subversion, insurrection, hatred, and terrorism.

The recent events in France, where seventeen people were killed at four locations between the 7th and 9th of January 2015 – and similar events on other lands, from September 2001 (9/11) onwards – have led many people to speculate about the problem of, about causes of, and what may be required to prevent, such acts.

My admittedly fallible view, derived from my personal decades of experience, is that simple cause-and-effect answers are rather misguided, however naturally instinctive and/or politically expedient they might be – and/or however effective (or perhaps necessary) some of them might be in the short-term: of years, of a decade or more. For I incline toward the view that the long-term solution does not lie in more legislation, or in more security measures, or in idealizing one culture over and above another (as in the West verses Islam), or in invading other lands, or even in attempting to combat ‘extremism’ by means of advocation of a ‘moderate’ interpretation of some religion or some political ideology. Rather, the long-term solution lies in understanding our basal physis [2] as human beings and then considering how – or even if – that basal physis can be changed, evolved.

For the reality – the truth – of our being is that we humans can always find, and have always found – century after century, millennia after millennia – some cause or some ideology or some ideation or some interpretation of some religion or some dogma or some leader to allow us to express, to live, what is solely masculous [3]. For as I know from my own experience and involvements such an expression, such a living, vivifies, excites, and has so often provided us (or a significant portion of us) with a sense of purpose, an identity, and thus given our lives meaning.

Thus, for that significant portion of us, it is our basal nature – our basal character – as human beings which is at fault, the cause; not some current or past harsh interpretation of some religion or of some weltanschauung; not some ‘extremist’ ideology, per se; not some failure to tackle extremism; not some deficiency of law nor some failure (of intelligence, or otherwise) by the Police or by some State security service. That is, the harsh modern interpretation of a religion such as Islam (manifest for example in al-Qa’ida and in groups such as ad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fil ‘Iraq wa ash-Sham), or the extremism manifest in nazism and fascism (past and present) are symptoms, not the cause.

For it is my considered opinion – fallible as it is and based as it is on what (admittedly limited) knowledge I have of the circumstances – that the perpetrators of recent events in France simply found, in a harsh interpretation of Islam, something which not only gave them a sense of purpose, a goal – which gave their lives meaning – but also provided them with an excuse to behave according to their physis or what they believed their physis should be: to be what they were or had become or should become. That is, lacking that empathy – such compassion and such honour, such muliebral virtues – as would have engendered within them a feeling for, an intuition of, and thus an appreciation of, innocency [4] and of individuals as individuals and not as abstracted ‘enemies’ or as somehow ‘inferior’ to them or as a means whereby what they believed in, or desired (such as some after-life), could be achieved.

In other words, a harsh modern interpretation of a particular religion hallowed what is masculous to the detriment of what is muliebral, making such a basal, such an unbalanced, masculous physis an ideal to be imitated and strived for, and which masculous ideal included the notion of a personal immolation, via kampf and a dishonourable disregard for the innocency of others, as a means to some posited goal. An unbalanced masculous physis also evident in – and idealized by – the ideologies of communism, nazism, and fascism, and in and by the ‘puritanical’ and inquisitorial interpretations of Christianity centuries before.

How then can that basal physis be changed or evolved? How can the masculous be balanced with the muliebral thus avoiding such unbalance, such bias toward the masculous, as has brought so much suffering recent and otherwise? All I have is a rather philosophical, quite long-term, and quite personal answer. Of, in terms of individuals, the development by individuals of empathy and the cultivation of the virtue of personal honour; and, in terms of society, Studia Humanitatis: that is, education to form, to shape, the manners and the character, of individuals by not only acquainting them with such topics as are, and were traditionally, included in that subject, but also of them being educated in such knowledge concerning our physis as our thousands of years old human culture of pathei-mathos has bequeathed to us [5].

David Myatt
January 2015

Notes

[1] As I have explained in many of my post 2009 writings, by ‘extreme’ is meant “to be harsh”, so that I consider an extremist is a person who tends toward harshness, or who is harsh, or who supports/incites harshness, in pursuit of some objective, usually of a political or a religious nature. Here, harsh is: rough, severe, a tendency to be unfeeling, unempathic, uncompassionate.

Hence I consider extremism to be: (a) the result of such harshness, and (b) the principles, the causes, the characteristics, that promote, incite, or describe the harsh action of extremists. In addition, a fanatic is considered to be someone with a surfeit of zeal or whose enthusiasm for some objective, or for some cause, is intemperate.

[2] I use the term physis (φύσις) as a revealing, a manifestation, of not only the true nature of beings but also of the relationship between beings, and between beings and Being. Physis is often apprehended (and thus understood) by we humans as the nature, the character, of some-thing; as, for example, in our apprehension of the character of a person.

[3] By the term masculous is meant certain traits, abilities, and qualities that are conventionally and historically associated with men, such as competitiveness, aggression, a certain harshness, the desire to organize/control, and a desire for adventure and/or for conflict/war/violence/competition over and above personal love, compassion, and culture. In my view, extremist ideologies manifest an unbalanced, an excessive, masculous nature.

Masculous is from the Latin masculus and occurs, for example, in some seventeenth century works such as one by William Struther: “This is not only the language of Canaan, but also the masculous Schiboleth.” True Happines, or, King Davids Choice: Begunne In Sermons, And Now Digested Into A Treatise. Edinbvrgh, 1633

[4] I use the term ‘innocence’ to refer to a presumed attribute of those who, being personally unknown to us, are therefore unjudged by us and who thus, as honour requires, are given the benefit of the doubt. For this presumption of the innocency of others – until direct personal experience, and individual and empathic knowing of them, prove otherwise – is the fair, the reasoned, the honourable, the cultured, the virtuous, thing to do.

[5] Refer to my May 2014 essay Education And The Culture Of Pathei-Mathos, and my more recent Some Conjectures Concerning Our Nexible Physis.

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Article source: https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/extremism-terrorism-culture-and-physis/


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David Myatt: Theoretician of Terror?

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

David Myatt: Theoretician of Terror?

 

Once described as “the most ideologically-driven Nazi in Britain, preaching race war and terrorism,” {1} evidence has emerged {2}{3} that David Myatt’s “detailed step-by-step guide for terrorist insurrection” {4} entitled A Practical Guide to Aryan Revolution, which was published in the 1990s {4}{5} – and widely regarded as having influenced, or inspired, the London nail-bomber David Copeland {6}{7}{8} – may also have influenced or inspired the German group the National Socialist Underground (NSU) who were responsible for 15 bank robberies and at least 10 racially motivated murders between September 2000 and 2011.

Furthermore, according to sources close to the investigation, the German police found copies of A Practical Guide to Aryan Revolution on a computer hard drive belonging to a member of the NSU ‘support network’. This support network included the German section of the Blood & Honour organization {9}, an organization which was closely associated with Combat 18 during the 1990s {10} when Myatt himself was not only a member of Combat 18 {10}{11}{12} but was also, following the arrest of Charlie Sargent for murder, its leader {13}{14}.

The terrorist nature of Myatt’s Practical Guide can be gleaned from the fact that the section headed Racial War – dealing with how to start a racial war – begins by stating that it means “creating tension and terror within ethnic communities and damaging or destroying their property and their homes by fire bombs and/or explosive devices. Part of this involves attacking individuals and killing some of them.” {7}

Another neo-nazi terrorist document attributed to Myatt {1} was even more explicit, providing detailed instructions – with diagrams – on how to construct home-made bombs. This was the 15 page printed pamphlet, circulated in 1994, which announced the formation of the White Wolves {15}.

Unsurprisingly, given the terrorist nature of their contents and the fact that mere possession of them in any format is a criminal offence in most Western countries, neither document is available on the internet, although some parts of the Practical Guide have sporadically and temporarily appeared, but always minus the sections that dealt with practical topics such as Racial War and the Rules of Engagement.

Furthermore, it was rumours of Myatt’s authorship of both documents, and Myatt’s formation, and leadership, of the NSM in 1997 as successor to Combat 18, that led Detectives from SO12 at Scotland Yard to investigate Myatt’s neo-nazi activities, an investigation which included Operation Periphery: the dawn raid by seven police officers on Myatt’s home in early 1998, the seven hour search of his “luxury four bedroomed” detached house {8} in a village near Malvern, and his arrest on suspicion of incitement and conspiracy to murder and incitement to racial hatred {4}. Soon after his arrest he was granted bail on condition that he reported, on a regular basis, to Charing Cross police station in London, the nearest police station to Scotland Yard.

Three years after his arrest, in the Summer of 2001, all charges against him were dropped because the almost four year long, and by that time international, investigation had failed to find sufficient evidence to prosecute Myatt in a court of law {5}. Meanwhile, Myatt had – following his conversion to Islam in the Autumn of 1998 – not only travelled and given talks in the Muslim world {16} but also written one of the most detailed justifications in the English language for Islamic ‘martyrdom operations’ {16}, and which justification for such ‘suicide attacks’ was published on the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades section of the Hamas website {17}. In addition, and over a year before 9/11, he – using his Muslim name of Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt – publicly defended and praised the Taliban and Osama bin Laden {13}, “urged young Muslims to take up Jihad” {18}, and not only did “more than any other theorist to develop a synthesis of the extreme right and Islam” {19} but also, in a practical way, tried to bring neo-nazis and radical Muslims together so that they could fight their “common Zionist enemy” {19}{20}.

Therefore, it does appear to be the case that Myatt does – or rather, did – deserve the appellation ‘theoretician of terror’, if only because of his past, and decades long, writings and activities; an extremist past he has now renounced, and expressed regret regarding {21}{22}.


Morena Kapiris
November 2014

Notes

{1} “Theoretician of Terror”, Searchlight, July 2000

{2} Daniel Koehler: The German National Socialist Underground (NSU), in Jackson, Paul and Shekhovtsov, Anton (editors): The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right: A Special Relationship of Hate. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 134-135. ISBN 9781137396211

{3} Jacob Aasland Ravndal, Ikke så ensomme ulver, Norsk rikskringkasting AS, 15.05.2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20150923015005/http://www.nrk.no/ytring/ikke-sa-ensomme-ulver-1.11026908

{4} Michael Whine, Cyberspace: A New Medium for Communication, Command, and Control by Extremists. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, (RAND/Taylor & Francis), Volume 22, Issue 3, 1999

{5} Vacca, John R. Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation, Charles River Media, 2005, p.420

{6} Mark Weitzman: Antisemitismus und Holocaust-Leugnung: Permanente Elemente des globalen Rechtsextremismus, in Thomas Greven: Globalisierter Rechtsextremismus? Die extremistische Rechte in der Ära der Globalisierung. 1 Auflage. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften/GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2006, pp.61-64.

(7} “Panorama Special: The Nailbomber”, BBC TV, broadcast June 30, 2000. Transcript: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/audio_video/programmes/panorama/transcripts/transcript_30_06_00.txt

{8} Sunday Mercury, July 9, 2000

{9} NSU Trial Reports: http://www.nsu-nebenklage.de/en/

{10} http://prezi.com/lyrozzmdmhgv/combat-18/ [dead link as of 2017]

{11} Michael, George: The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right. University Press of Kansas, 2006

{12} Jon B. Perdue: The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism. Potomac Books, 2012. p.70-71. ISBN 9781597977043

{13} Wistrich, Robert S, A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad. Random House, 2010

{14} Raphael Israeli. The Islamic Challenge in Europe. Transaction Publishers. 2008. pp 44-45. ISBN 9781412807500

{15} Susan Greenberg, Newsweek, 5/9/1999

{16} Mark Weitzmann, Anti-Semitism and Terrorism, in Dienel, Hans-Liudger (ed), Terrorism and the Internet: Threats, Target Groups, Deradicalisation Strategies. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, vol. 67. IOS Press, 2010. pp.16-17. ISBN 978-1-60750-536-5

{17} Durham, Martin. White Rage: The Extreme Right and American Politics. Routledge, 2007, p.113

{18} Simon Wiesenthal Center: Response, Summer 2003, Vol 24, #2

{19} Michael, George. The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right. University Press of Kansas, 2006. p. 142.

{20} Ely Karmon. The Middle East, Iraq, Palestine – Arenas for Radical and Anti-Globalization Groups Activity. NATO Workshop On Terrorism and Communications: Countering the Terrorist Information Cycle, Slovakia, April 2005.

{21} David Myatt. Understanding and Rejecting Extremism. 2013. ISBN 9781484854266

{22} David Myatt. Myngath. Some Recollections of a Wyrdful and Extremist Life. 2013. ISBN 9781484110744