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Brexit scare story of the day from Project Fear: If you vote to leave the EU ISIS will be happy

Tom Winnifrith
Thursday 21 April 2016

Carefully planted in the Daily Mail is this little gem from Project Fear: "Don't believe that nasty Boris Johnson...if you vote to leave the EU, the mad Islamofascist nutters of ISIS will be celebrating". Yes that is right, ISIS are backing the out campaign. What cobblers.

This story, dreamed up by Project Fear and served up by the pliant Mail, which has a ghoulish fascination with ISIS and folks having their heads chopped off, centres on claims made by Aimen Dean who used to be in Al Qaeda before becoming a British spy on ISIS. Apparently his cover was blown in 2006 but despite that he claims to know that:

ISIS is planning an attack on Britain ( I think we all know that) in order to convince us to leave the EU and when we do the brothers in downtown Raqqa will be celebrating as this marks the start of the break up of Europe or, what Dean terms, the successor to the Roman Empire which fought Muslims for control between the 7th and 11th centuries.

It is hard to know where to start with that analysis. Perhaps with some basic history. The last Roman emperor - Romulus - fell in 476 AD but the Roman Empire was not put to the sword by the Muslims but by the Germans, it was the krauts wot done it.

I think Mr Dean, please go to the bottom of the class Aimen as you are truly thick, means the Holy Roman Empire which started with the Coronation of Charlemagne in 800 AD and ended in the 1100 or 1200s, it is hard to say exactly when. You could , if you stretched it a bit, take it up to 1806. Mr Dean will note that England and Scotland were never part of the HRE indeed the wicked Europeans briefly captured our king (Richard) and held him to ransom. As it happens, Spain, Portugal, Eire, nearly all of France and most of Italy were also never in the HRE. Folks from the HRE and indeed England did go to fight Muslims on the Crusades but that is about as far as an all our war with Islam goes.

So its a fail for Mr Dean on basic history and as for his claims to know what ISIS is thinking ten years after he stopped being a spy, Im not overly impressed. I sense that back in Raqqa they are more worried about being wiped out by President Assad, Iranian fighters and Russian jets ( i.e. the side that the EU opposed rather than backed) than about how the UK votes on independence day.

But dont let the truth stop project fear. As you consider how to vote on June 23rd remameber ISIS wants you to vote for Brexit. Now run along and vote the right way, do what Mr Cameron says or otherwise the Islamofascists will be murdering us all in our beds.

It must be true. It is in the Daily Mail.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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