moby - An insidious and specialized type of left-wing troll who visits blogs and impersonates a conservative for the purpose of either spreading false rumors intended to sow dissension among conservative voters, or who purposely posts inflammatory and offensive comments for the purpose of discrediting the blog in question. The term is derived from the name of the liberal musician Moby, who famously suggested in February of 2004 that left-wing activists engage in this type of subterfuge: “For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you’re an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion. Then you go to an anti-immigration Web site chat room and ask, ‘What’s all this about George Bush proposing amnesty for illegal aliens?’” The strategy has been frequently attempted on LGF and elsewhere, but has not been nearly as effective as Moby envisioned, since false rumors are easily debunked by fact-checking minions, and cartoonishly extreme commenters often get immediately identified as mobys and banned from LGF.
Yesterday the House Foreign Affairs committee passed by 27-21 a resolution to declare the Ottoman massacre of Armenians as genocide. I call moby on this behavior. They are doing this resolution to discredit and disrupt the alliance between the US and moderate muslim countries like Turkey in the GWOT. Some people might say ‘what’s the big deal?’. It’s history, over and done with. Those people do not understand how most Muslims look at history, and how conscious they are of the past. OBL after 9-11 had this to say
…for more than eighty years now we have been suffering the burden of shame and humiliation…
He was referring to the Ottoman Empire around the time of the massacre, only he was referring to the demise of the empire. Bernard Lewis explains it this way
When he was talking of the eighty plus years, what he was clearly referring to was the final defeat of the Ottoman Empire. In 1918, the end of World War One, the Ottoman Empire, like its allies, is defeated, but unlike its allies, it's destroyed.
The capital was occupied, the ruler imprisoned, the provinces partitioned between the victorious allies and at about the same time infidel rule was consolidated over almost the whole of the Muslim world.
It was almost the whole of the Muslim world was under direct or indirect foreign rule, and this was seen as the low point in their struggle.
They lost their empire. Do we really need for mobys to track mud into the floor of the House, and then take our Turkish allies and rub their noses in it? There are currently splits and divisions in the Islamic world that help in the war to prevent a future Islamic Empire ruling the world. Actions being taken by some mobys in the House could make divided Muslims more united. Not a good thing to happen.
The reaction of this action by the President of Turkey
In a midnight statement to semi-official Anatolia news agency President Abdullah Gül denounced as “unacceptable” the endorsement of a measure branding as “genocide” the alleged Ottoman massacres of Armenians by a key U.S. House panel.
“This unacceptable decision of the committee... has no validity and respectability for the Turkish people. Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States ignored appeals for common sense and once again moved to sacrifice big issues to petty games of domestic politics," Gül said.
A group of protestors marched to U.S. Embassy in Ankara to protest the development.
On the bright side, the President of Turkey described it as petty games of domestic politics. I translate that to be he calls moby also.