Muslim Hip Hop a 'gateway to extremist politics'?
Today's Times (of London) includes the following tale of terror:
Islamic hip-hop artists are accused of indoctrinating young against the West
Hip Hop and rap artists are teaching young Muslims the ideology of radical Islamism through songs about the war in Iraq, the oppression of Muslims and the creation of an Islamic state governed by Sharia, or religious law. Intelligence agencies have identified music as a “tool for indoctrination”. The phenomenon began with an American group called Soldiers of Allah. The group has since disbanded but its music and lyrics remain popular on the internet. Other groups in Britain, France and the US have been identified as giving cause for concern. Many use the derogatory term “kufur” to describe non-Muslims. Madeleine Gruen, an American intelligence analyst, highlighted the lyrics of a British group called Blakstone as a possible gateway to extremist politics.
Madeleine Gruen is a member of the Hudson Institute, founded by by the futurist Herman Kahn and other colleagues from the RAND Corporation. This is the RAND Corporation which published Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources, and Strategies by Cheryl Benard, widely regarded as the key policy document in the propoganda war against Islam. The Hudson Institute is said to be developing programs on the political and economic transformation of Muslim nations. It's membership includes the arch-Neocon Richard Perle.
Using the same logic, the Hudson Institute is surely a gateway to extremist American Imperialism.
Articles from the Hudson Institute can also be found on the website of the 'apolitical' Sufi Muslim Council, an organisation set up this year with the blessing of the British government.