I’m not going to spend any time responding to the accusation. No one in their right mind believes that. Ibrahim doesn’t either.
As soon as I saw the name, I remembered this from last year:
A new Advisory Council Member for the anti-independence group SBUK has popped up.
Scottish Business UK (SBUK) is an independent, non-party voice for business leaders who want to see Scotland thrive economically as part of the United Kingdom.
It seeks to make a positive case for that future and believes strongly that the campaign to break up the UK offers unacceptable disruption for business and public services, especially as Scotland tries to rebound from the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.https://scottish-business.uk/about-us/
Ibrahim popped up in 2013, launching the Scotland Institute with Jackson Carlaw, Jo Swinson and Alistair Darling in 2013.
We ‘caught up with him then’ and wrote:
You could make this up but invite a lot of sniggering. This is all true. It’s not one of my daft spoofs. Seriously!
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, and Director at the Center for Global Policy in Washington has popped up twice in two days, in the Scotsman, seven years after famously warning Scots, in 2013, that only the Royal Navy could save us from Russian subs penetrating our waters.
Honorary US Army officer, Prof Ibrahim, set-up the anti-independence group, the Scotland Institute, with Jackson Carlaw, Jo Swinson and Alistair Darling in 2013. Was that legal? Well, it turns out he is a Scot with an honorary doctorate from Glasgow Caley and founded a hedge fund. More here:
The SI is incredibly unproductive and appears to have published nothing since 2013 until the prof appeared yesterday and today in the Scotsman:
Today’s article is mostly a rewarmed version of the one yesterday warning us that:
An independent Scotland would be much more vulnerable to the designs of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
For a research prof, Ibrahim offers little in the way of evidence. Most obviously, he does not tell us why his warnings do not seem to apply to wee Ireland, Norway or Denmark, titchy Iceland or the quite defenceless Faroes. He doesn’t mention the ‘broad shoulders’ of NATO. Wouldn’t we be under the protective umbrella of that organisation, like all the other wee countries?
Here’s his ‘best‘ evidence:
Meanwhile, a newly independent Scotland would already be closer to Russia’s sphere of influence through the various friendships cultivated between Russian influence agents and the SNP (remember the close ties between Alex Salmond and Russia Today, to name but the most well known example)