The debate above, titled “The Big Cambridge Debate: Is the West to Blame for Islamic Extremism (Terrorism)?” demonstrated the superficiality of Robin Simcox’s, and by extension the bigoted Henry Jackson Society’s neocon narrative. Usama Hasan from the infamously notorious Quilliam Foundation proceeded to, well, just waffle. The contributions from Abdullah Andalusi were as informative as always.
So much so in fact that it made it in the papers. The local paper, Cambridge News, picked up Andalusi’s argument, with the headline, “Osama bin Laden ‘was a modernist not an Islamist’ Cambridge Union is told”.
The Independent had also reported it with the same headline at this link. However, clicking on it reveals that the link redirects to the Independent homepage.
It certainly was reported by the Independent, as can be seen from the following screenshots by Independent’s own search results and other news aggregate websites below.
Independent Search results (link). Clicking on the link in the search also redirects back to the homepage:
News Aggregate Website one (link):
News Aggregate Website two (link):
Perhaps Amol Rajan, the editor of the Independent, can give us some insight. Rajan has become quite friendly with Maajid Nawaz, as can been seen from the bromance Tweets here, here and here for instance. Perhaps Rajan can answer why an article referencing a Cambridge Union debate where Abdullah Andalusi comprehensively destroys the neoconservative narrative pumped by Simcox with aid from his Quilliam side-kick and friend of Nawaz, Usama Hasan, has been removed.