No region of the world is immune to buying into outrageous conspiracy theories. But the Arab world is a conspiracy theory mecca (pun definitely intended). Maybe as a result of Arab states’ powerlessness at home and collectively on the world stage, perhaps as a result of their embarrassingly primitive societies, their failure to modernize and the lies passed on as truth on government run media, conspiracy theories thrive.
Invariably loony and almost always transparently anti-Semitic, the Arab world’s conspiracy theories are also sometimes entertaining in their absurdity — especially when you forget for a moment that some Middle Eastern media outlets use them to inspire hatred and violence.
The Daily Caller has put together for your enjoyment the five nuttiest conspiracy theories circulating in the Arab world.
5. Mossad’s shark missiles
Shortly before Egypt was consumed by revolution, it was consumed by the threat of sharks — and it wasn’t even Shark Week. After shark attacks in Egypt’s top resort destination of Sharm el Sheikh killed a German tourist and injured several others, Egyptian officials speculated that the sharks could have been sent by the Mossad, Israel’s CIA.
“What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark in the sea to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question,” the regional governor of Sharm el Sheikh, Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, said to the press, adding that Egypt “needs time to confirm” this blockbuster of a theory. (‘The Boners’ offered tortured defenses of Anthony Weiner)
Egyptian state TV helped propagate the conspiracy theory further when it brought on “Captain Mustafa Ismail,” who was described as “a famous diver in Sharm el Sheikh.”
Ahramonline described what the good captain had to say on the matter:
When asked by the anchor how the shark entered Sharm El Sheikh waters, he burst out, “No, it’s who let them in?”
Urged to elaborate, Ismail said that he recently got a call from an Israeli diver in Eilat telling him that they captured a small shark with a GPS planted in its back, implying that the sharks were monitored to attack in Egypt’s waters only.
“Why would these sharks travel 4000 km and not have any accidents until they entered Sinai waters?” asked Ismail.
The same Ahramonline article quoted an Egyptian marine biologist refuting the absurd conspiracy and stating it was “sad” that Egyptian television decided to help spread it.
But why quibble with reality when fantasy is so much more interesting?
4. The mythical Zionist-Christian-Hindu alliance nuclear tests of 2004 caused the Asian Tsunami
The devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed hundreds of thousands of people in 14 countries. While most of the world recognized this was a natural disaster of epic proportions, some in the Arab world thought otherwise.
“Was [the earthquake] caused by American, Israeli and Indian nuclear testing on ‘the day of horror?’ Why did the ‘Ring of Fire’ explode?,” an Egyptian columnist asked (translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, MEMRI).
After discussing how America, Israel and India have teamed up “to test a way to liquidate humanity,” the columnist went on to write that, while the evidence isn’t yet in, it seemed a very likely conclusion that the triumvirate of evil was responsible for creating the tsunami.
“Nevertheless, although so far it has not been proven that secret Indian-Israeli nuclear testing is what caused the destructive earthquake, there is evidence that the recent nuclear tests, the exchange of nuclear experts between India and Israel, and the American pressure on Pakistan regarding its nuclear cooperation with Asian and Islamic countries [by providing India with advanced nuclear technology in an attempt to stop Pakistani activity], all these pose a big question mark regarding the causes of the severe earthquake in Asia,” the columnist wrote.
And rain occurs because God cries.