An interesting article on how US Muslims are being used by the US State Department to export its version of Islam.
“A State Department official, Shahed Amanullah, ran through the ways effective al-Qaida propagandists spread their message on the internet, and described how a program he runs, called Viral Peace, seeks to troll the online radicals.”
The intriguing aspect of all this is that Mr. Shahed Amanullah may be pretending to fight al-Qaida propagandists. BUT his own “moderate Muslim” types such as Hamza Yusuf, and Hatem Bazian (see also this link ) and the US State Department are in fact providing support to the same fanatics that he is supposedly against.
But then this is usually the trap that native informant type of Muslims (willingly) fall into, they allow themselves to be used, gaining some short term fame, and then are thrown aside – when the political climate changes. What Mr. Amanullah is doing is allying himself with one brand of extremists – to fight against another – all the while the facts are that they are both allies of one another. And all that is happening here is a certain competition on who can recruit more Muslims to be used as cannon fodder – for basically a similar purpose of keeping oppressed peoples oppressed, and the powerful remain powerful: aka status quo.