When old acquaintances become internet trolls

Dr. Alan Mendoza of the Henry Jackson Society has written what can probably be described as a 'how-to' guide on slamming web critics. Read and enjoy...

by on 7 May 2013 17:14

I confess, once upon a time I was duped into believing that Marko Atilla Hoare was worthy of publishing on this website. Since that time, I have realised that not only was this a huge mistake due to the quality of the work provided (social share stats and comments reflect my opinion) but that the man has repeatedly displayed scant in the way of integrity in attacking an organisation which gave him the benefit of its time and money, the latter of which I am told he was never shy of claiming, even in the Henry Jackson Society's fledgling days.

Dr. Alan Mendoza, my former boss at the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), sets straight some of the ill-thought-through and frankly deplorable accusations that Marko Atilla Hoare has peddled shamelessly around the internet. It is no surprise to me that only the morally relativistic and outright wrong-headed outlets like iEngage and Liberal Conspiracy could promote Hoare's views on HJS. 

I have no problem in testifying to what Dr. Mendoza claims in his piece, which you can read below, and on the Henry Jackson Society website.

HJS is a broad church in terms of the types of people it employs, the ideas that come along with those people, and how we each interpreted the values of the organisation during our tenure there. Unfortunately for Mr. Hoare, he seems to have completely forgotten, or since reneged upon these founding principles.

Read Dr. Mendoza's rebuttal:

For several months now, certain quarters of the internet have played host to a steady stream of ‘revelations’ by a certain Marko Attila Hoare. This is a man who has held himself out as knowing the inner workings of an organisation he claims to have been closely associated with. That is the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), of which I am Executive Director.

Marko Attila Hoare bases his ‘exposes’ on having been a “senior member” of HJS.  He was never any such thing. Hoare was one of a number of people who many years ago set up an HJS committee as a largely student society in Cambridge. His holding himself out as having been at the heart of HJS is therefore rather like someone who was on the committee of the Cambridge University Conservative Association or Labour Club at one time claiming in later life to have been a ‘senior member’ of the Conservative or Labour Party.

He subsequently claims that he was somehow ‘senior’ because he was at one stage a “Section Director” of a section of our website. This is a fancy way of saying he was once a freelancer – which is what all such posts at HJS were in the days before HJS was a professional and fully-staffed think-tank.  Before then, Hoare was paid, in common with a number of other freelancers, £50 per month.  For this he was expected to produce one original piece on the website and one piece he had the permission of a different author to republish. Both pieces were on Hoare’s area of expertise, the Balkans, which although a subject close to my own heart, has not been one at the centrepiece of global affairs in the past decade. Interestingly, and unlike several other more senior members – myself included – who provided contributions to HJS free of charge in the early days, Hoare never failed to collect his small fee for services rendered.


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