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Submitted by Steffen Larsen (Denmark), Jan 6, 2013 at 14:15

Foreign propaganda media can always dig up tame "experts" in a free country.

We saw the Nazis do this ("It is reported from USA that ..") and the Soviet Union ("It is reported from USA that ...") and nowadays commonly used by Muslim media too, drawing heavily upon people who are very willing - despite living under a heavy burden of alleged oppression - to speak out against their own country - and they are perfectly entitled to do this - but ultimately in favor of a foreign ideology, whether they they really are aware of this or not in the ecstasy of being listened to by SOMEONE.

Mr Pipes speaks up very calmly here, in the presence of such passionate convictions. Perhaps he is heard by some people. But it is two to one, and the audience are already biased against his opinions and fully able to filter out any sense. He is up against "fringe stuff" indeed.

Notice the primitive manner of attack: something personal is imagined - what he thinks, who his friends are - this is then taken for granted and used as a mode of attack. The original topic is ignored in favor of something far more interesting to the audience, using artificial phrases - such as "islamophobe" - well entrenched in their vocabulary.

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