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The five nuttiest Arab world conspiracy theories

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

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.

  • joltinjoe

    All education is really self education. Nobody can learn anything for somebody else. If you can’t read and write it is your fault. Learning to read is the gateway to all further knowledge held within the covers of books. Standing on street corners limits your ability to learn. Now you know!

  • truebearing

    The Muslims are paranoid about conspiracies because their religion teaches them to destroy everyone who won’t submit to Islam. They are simply projecting their motives on everyone that they themselves plan to kill. It is really that simple.

  • Miroco

    Rather like America’s black education problem, Muslim ignorance cannot be addressed because of political correctness. These problems are not racial. If every workable or testable solution is viewed through a prism of politics no solution will be implemented. The Madrasa system of education is ONLY a religious and tribal medium. after a dozen years the students still cannot read and write in the standard societal sense. Like Ebonics, the philosophical arguments may have some validity, but the practical implementation is ridiculous. Even theorizing or exploring raises issues which are instantly twisted to “Hate Speech”. If you just want your child to get on in the world all this “Junk” needs to be ignored. Get with it people.

  • MerryJ1

    “And rain occurs because God cries:” But, why is God crying? It must be something Democrats did.

  • buist

    Too bad we have lost so many fine young people fighting for these ignorant backwards cutthroat morons. Bring our troops home…

  • pink

    Gee, why go to the Arab world to get conspiracy theories when you’ve got so many right here in the DailyCaller comment section. Kingfish has got them pretty well covered, but truebearing should be here any moment now to fill in the blanks.

    • HoosYoDaddy

      Or hard, cold facts….like you are an anti and post-American, divisive, dishonest and duplicitous moron?

      • pink

        Oh lighten up. Do you really think your opinion of me matters to me? Laughing at your silly outrage.

        • truebearing

          You aren’t laughing. You use that tired out line all of the time, and we all know you have the sense of humor of a junkie in withdrawal. If you have to insist on being a snotty b!tch, can’t you at least be original once in awhile….or even once?

          I see you masochism is really flaring up today. I hope you enjoy the whippings you intentionally provoke. You really need some major help.

          • pink

            I’m laughing at you, truebearing. Laughing really hard. Why would what some crackpot on the Internet thinks matter to me? It would only matter if my life was as empty as yours must be.

          • truebearing

            poink,

            Now you’re falling back on your “get a life” drivel. Yesterday you used it on risabove because she kiked your dumb ass.

            Here you are on the Daily Caller, a website you have openly expressed your contempt for, arguing with people you clearly hate, and who don’t have a very high opinion of you, yet you keep coming back for more. Is that your idea of a good life? I don’t know any normal people who go out of their way to go to websites just to annoy people and trigger their abuse, but if that’s what turns you on….

            I told riseabove I think you are a masochist who likes being abused. Either that or you get paid to come here and cause trouble. A professional asshole, so to speak. Maybe you’re both, but one thing is clear: your life is anything but happy or successful. I doubt you could name two friends, not including the ones you make up and surreptitiously post under, like “Hampton”. Would you like me to post the proof you were using another troll alias, again?

            BTW, I haven’t seen “guesswho” since I pointed out the coincidence of both of you always appearing at the same time on the same thread. Curious…..

        • HoosYoDaddy

          Yet another predictably hyper-hypocritical and simultaneously totally inaccurate “post” from Code Stink. My “outrage” (I would have used “disgust”) is well founded and demonstrably righteous, while your divisive, dunce-driven diatribes are unfounded and ignorant.

          You can question truebearing’s sanity in direct contradiction of the facts, but we cannot question yours based on the actual facts? That garbage may pass as “logic” at one of your dwindling MoveOn rallies, but not with the well- informed contemporary patriots that overwhelmingly dominatate this site and the current electorate…all of which could REALLY care less about your posts and ramblings or those from your ilk…and we vote….legally!

          Your “posts” are living (yet brain dead) proof, that ignorance truly is (laughter filled) bliss! Enjoy it while it lasts..the absolute deadline, and the next teachable moment and shellacking for regressives, is inevitably coming in November 2012, at the latest!

          Clearly my apt observations are not strictly intended for your consumption Stink, or I would have limited them to single syllable words..or grunts..or oinks. :)

          • pink

            How nice. Truebearing has a pet toad.

    • truebearing

      poink,

      It’s rather ignoble of you to lose every debate, and fail to refute any argument, and then compensate for your loser ways by smearing someone behind their back. Why can’t you ever provide any evidence for your positions and rebuttals of the assertions ot others, too stupid? Why is it that the only thing you can do is try to smear other people’s comments? that strikes me as extremely weak and trollish.

      Lets take your favorite one about paganism and the environmental movement. A simple google search will reveal the deep connection between them, but you are either too stupid or dishonest, and probably both, to actually check it out. Or is it that you don’t want the truth to be revealed about the things you believe in? I guess I can’t blame you there. You are nothing if not warped and what you are into would really get hammered if you had the courage to actually state your true beliefs. I guess ankle biting is all you can do. How sad.

      • pink

        “Why can’t you ever provide any evidence for your positions and rebuttals of the assertions ot others…”

        You make me laugh so hard. You can’t be serious. You never provide “evidence” for your assertions! Never! Crackpot websites do not count.

        Whenever you disagree with what someone says here, you respond with a string of insults. You think you’re pretty clever at it, but it doesn’t hide the fact that you can’t make a factual argument to save your life. I never saw anyone use so many words to say so little.

        According to you, I am supposed to be afraid of environmental activists because they are scary Druid pagans, homosexuals who advocate for marriage equality are as evil as Nazis who were almost all gay themselves, and there is a secret Islamic message in the landscaping in the 9/ll memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. How does one rebut such crackpottery? You also assert in separate posts that I am “sexually obsessed” with YOU and then try to insult me by saying I am a lesbian. (Kinda inconsistent, aren’t you?) You track the time and date of my posts and keep a record. Face it, you are simply nuts.

        Keep up the nuttery and keep flinging your “clever” insults my way. At least it keeps you off the streets. But you don’t affect me at all, sweetie, not at all. You’re a tiny little speck in my universe.

        • truebearing

          Pink,

          Here is a book you’ll like. It’s got all kinds of historical facts about the Nazis and the role of homosexual radicals in pre-WWII Germany. It’s called “the Pink Swastika”! Pink, pink! Isn’t that great? your favorite color.
          http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/books/pinkswastika/html/the_pinkswastika_4th_edition_-_final.htm

          Here are several links that I know you’ll eagerly read so you can pull yourself out of ignorance and denial:

          http://www.environment.gen.tr/religion-and-ecology/276-gaia-worship-the-new-pagan-religion.html

          http://www.nau.edu/sbs/communication/faculty/Schutten.htm

          http://americanpolicy.org/united-nations/the-pagan-roots-of-environmentalism.html/

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Druidism

          http://druidnetwork.org/environment/index.html

          Would you like some more links to neo-paganism, druids, and environmentalism? Google it, moron. There is an endless number of links.

          Pink, it is more than a little bizarre that you don’t get jokes, at all. I’m wondering what malady you could have where you don’t “get” humor but are always claiming to be laughing. I hope you realize that no one buys your fake laughing schtick. You have demonstrated no sense of humor whatsoever. My needling you about having a crush on me was obviously a joke…… though methinks thou dost protest too much….but any way, don’t worry, I like sane, intelligent women with a good sense of humor. That leaves you totally in the clear.

          I couldn’t resist the “vacationing on the Isle of Lesbos” crack. You seem to hate men, but then you hate all women who are better looking than yourself too, which is all of them, so I guess you’re more of a misanthrope than anything else.

          Well, Gorgon girl, I gave you plenty of corroboration for my statements, that you misrepresented. I cited plenty of evidence in past posts as well, but you’re too dishonest to admit it, or you dismiss everything you don’t want to believe as “crackpot”. Well, the evidence shows that you are the crackpot, and I still have yet to see anything from you that remotely qualifies as logically or factually supported. It’s all snotty ankle biting.

          • pink

            Historical facts? You have got to be kidding. Only haters and loons believe the kind of tripe that “The Pink Swastika” puts forth.

            Yes ,there are an endless links to lunacy and hate sites. It proves nothing except that there are lunatics and haters–like you.

            Keep flinging the personal insults, keep pretending your perverted sexual comments are “jokes,” and keep trying to convince me that I’m not actually laughing at you. I know it makes you feel better about yourself (as does your thought that someone pays me to post replies to you–hahahahaha) and it does absolutely no harm to me.

            BTW, Pink is a nickname I have had since I was a small child, nothing to do with Code Pink or any of your other imaginings. And Hampton is my hubbie. As always the truth is simple. No need to make up complicated conspiracies or plots.

            Good night, sad little man. I continue to pray for your healing.

          • pink

            “I still have yet to see anything from you that remotely qualifies as logically or factually supported.”

            Back at you!

          • truebearing

            poink,

            So now you are admitting a “relationship” with “Hampton”. When I first posted the series of comments where “Hampton” replied to a comment directed at you, you lied and accused me of being paranoid and a conspiracist. Now you’re admitting you lied about that. I guess I’m backing up my comments with facts now, eh poink?

            Hmmmmmmm! I believe I busted you and you’re pulling an Anthony Weiner (don’t pull too hard!). You’re admitting Hampton is your husband (how his pride must soar…. if it was actually true) because it’s easier than admitting he is a fictitious troll identity.

            Hey, your avatar’s face is getting really red. LMAO!!!!

            BTW, I never said anything about Code Pink. You just imagined it….kind of like Hampton’s existence…. :)

            PS How do you know all about “The Pink Swastika” without having read it, or even heard of it till today? Let me see if I understand your position. The author is a hater and a loon? He’s writing about the Nazis, you moron! So what if he does hate them. Are you fond of them? Or is it that you can’t deal with the facts about deranged homosexuals who have committed heinous acts? Were you unaware that they could do evil, perverse things? Whatever you do, don’t let any truth penetrate that petrified lump on your shoulders. It could throw your fantasy world into total disarray. Hell, Hampton might leave you for your avatar! LOLOLOL!!!!!!

            This has been too much fun for words!!! Thanks pink! What a hoot. Say night, night to Hamster for me.

          • pink

            You are so completely off your rocker. Look how you go on and on with your personal attacks. It’s not rational. Honestly: get a life, get meds, get help. You are one sick, sick puppy.

            For the more rational, The Pink Swastika is infamous for being a gay-hating fundamentalist Christian rewriting of history. Only the nuttiest of the WorldNutDaily crowd believe its thesis that the Nazi party and the Holocaust was conceived by homosexuals.

            Jamie Weinstein: I challenge you to address some of the conspiracies and nuttery that is right here in your own backyard! (Of course you won’t because the DailyCaller feeds off these loons and haters.)

        • HoosYoDaddy

          Now I am (actually) laughing exceptionally hard! Your actions..like your petty, anger and angst filled posts, defy your Obamaesque “I am above the fray” B.S., as bearing has clearly gotten under your skin, or hair filled lard in this case, once again. Is that the sweet smell of success I sense..again?

          • pink

            Truebearing acts like a parody of a conspiracy theorist, and in that sense he is at least interesting. You, Hoos, and have absolutely no personality at all.

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    AAhh!!,conspiracy theories, …they are dime a dozen out there , are they not?
    What is not conspiracy theory is the reality we are living right now;…puzzled?…allow me to illustrate.

    What follows is sent all over the entire NET.

    TWO PIVOTAL FACTORS;
    ____________________
    ECONOMY SUPERIORITY AND NATIONAL DEFENSE ARE CRIPPLED…AND BRINGS AS RESULT THE DECONTRUCTION OF OUR GREAT NATION

    A question, Who is (are) at helm of our nation?…patriots?…or…traitors?

    Let’s be brief, shall we?
    To put it in short;

    First, this character (Obama) seriously cannot be considered nor called as ‘president’.

    This man is only a front-face,…a propagandist and player/posing as president for a group of anti-constitutionalists that are in agenda of sabotage against our country.

    Second, this group is a promotional local organization (inside this country) for a conversion – of this country- to globalism.This group (which can be known and called ‘A PRESIDENTIAL CONSORTIOUM’) is composed of various individuals – some of them known,… and others still undercover.

    Some of them are; SOROS, AXELROD, SCHUMMER,VAN JONES,STERN,KERRY,JARRETT,DOOD,O’NEAL,FRANK,BERNANKE,GEITHNER…just to mention a few.

    Third, those individuals are , some times, operating in the open, and also under the radar scope and so,… they pseudo-disapear at times.

    The plan is to bring our country down , for this is the only nation capable (so far) to give the good battle and win over their nefarious and insidious,….uh!….let’s say….MASTER PLAN for ‘unified global control’ where the individual strenght and identity will be vanished.
    ONCE THIS NATION (the only super-power left) IS DOWN…THERE WILL BE NO OPOSITION TO THE GLOBAL TOTAL CONTROL.

    In others words, WE ARE THE TARGET.

    They all,are very well paid and they will stop at nothing to attempt their goal.

    DECEPTION, ILLEGAL PRACTICES, FRAUD are already in place for their agenda,…the very well known Chicago corrupted political atmosphere (from where Obama is a product) is a tool put into effect …and the result of that was seen already in the result of the fraudulent presidential election 2008,… which brought the current anti-constitutional / anti-american / terrorist frienndly-oriented administration.

    It is not, I repeat, IT IS NOT conspiracy theory, we are indeed living it right now!.

    And that for short.

    Whoever interested or curious,… just investigate, do research,….just get informed.

    Input anyone?…Opinions welcome.

    Respectfully,

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/24/the-most-important-issue-of-2012-the-new-world-disorder/#ixzz1QQIjosaI

  • Alaskan

    You know #5 would be so much better if the Egyptian diver’s name was Ishmael rather than Ismail and it was an Orca rather than a shark.