Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Conspiracy Theories In The Arab World

From Front Page Magazine:

The Iraq War is replacing the attacks of September 11, 2001, as fodder for conspiracy theories emanating from the Middle East - in particular, questions surrounding Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi. Does he exist? Where is he hiding? Is he actually an American or Jordanian agent? Is he dead?
Print and television reports in the Arab and Iranian press regularly question Mr. al-Zarqawi's existence. A member of the former Iraqi Governing Council, Fadhl al-Rube'i, was interviewed on the Lebanese channel New TV, on May 16, 2004. He called Mr. al-Zarqawi mythical and a creation of the Pentagon's "disinformation" center.

The spokesman for radical Iraqi Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, Sheikh Abd al-Hadi al-Daraji, likewise stated in an April 4 interview with the Israeli-Arab weekly Kul Al-Arab that Mr. al-Zarqawi was an "ambiguous, imaginary, and made-up figure," created to justify American operations in Iraq. According to a report in the Baghdad newspaper Al-Mu'tamar, on October 28, 2004, fliers distributed by Sunni clerics in Fallujah maintained, "there is no Zarqawi in existence and that such person was an American creation."

An international relations expert at Egypt's Al-Ahram Institute, Said al-Lawindi, appeared on Egyptian channel 1, on November 16, 2004, and alleged that Mr. al-Zarqawi was a fabrication: "Where is this al-Zarqawi? I have read even in the French press, in Le Monde, that anyone can show a photograph of someone who died decades ago and claim that it is al-Zarqawi. This is an attempt by the U.S. to emphasize ... you can't go on forever talking about bin Laden, who has also become a myth."

An article titled, "Zarqawi the Terror Monster: But Does He Really Exist?" appeared in the Saudi daily Arab News, on October 26, 2004, and stated, "Zarqawi has been built up into an almost legendary figure ... Zarqawi is suspected of direct involvement in the kidnap and beheading of several foreigners in Iraq ... But many question his very existence." The article also discussed the battle in Falluja: "The people of Falluja, however, insist that they have never seen the man or heard about him except through the media. So, where is Zarqawi or, indeed, does he exist?"

Over the past few years the Iranian press has blamed America and Israel for most of the terrorist attacks in Iraq, especially the ones that Mr. al-Zarqawi was believed to have masterminded.

Why would we blowup innocent Iranians standing in line to get jobs? Because we want to further destabilize Iraq, so that we can prolong the war, and further enrich the military industrial complex, of which Dick Cheney is the CEO, Chimpy McSmirk is the figurehead, and Ariel Sharon is the Chairman of the Board.

By the way, I own stock in the Military Industrial Complex. If I were you, and I am, I would also invest you money in the MIC. This war is going to go on for a long time. Mo' money. Mo' money. Mo' money.