Wednesday, May 10, 2006

WSJ on "Crazy Mahmoud"

The whole text is available now, but here is another article with more excerpts, this time including some conspiracy theories:
"September 11 was not a simple operation. Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services--or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess . . . ."

"One of my students told me that during WW II . . . news about the war was quickly disseminated by the warring parties. . . . After the war, they claimed six million Jews had been killed. . . . [Let] us assume these events are true."
The analysis includes adjectives such as "flaky" and "loopy," and ends with a comparison to the "Unabomber's manifesto." It is hard not to endorse these characterizations simply as a way of registering how far these ideas veer away from, well, sanity. It is worth mentioning, however, that neo-Nazi conspiracy propaganda is cleverly packaged and well-disseminated in the internet era. It takes certain educational attainments to distinguish the productions of the Institute for Historical Review, for instance, from respectable academic discourse. So another conclusion we should draw from Ahmadinejad's letter is that neo-Nazi propaganda efforts have succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of the neo-Nazis.
Further thoughts: To explore another angle, compare the conspiracism of the Hamas Charter:
The enemies have realised the importance of [the Muslim woman's] role. They consider that if they are able to direct and bring her up they way they wish, far from Islam, they would have won the battle. That is why you find them giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs.

Update: According to Tina at Fuzzy and Blue "Iran Letter bitchslaps Bush hypocrisy"

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