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It’s The Illuminati, Stupid!

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This afternoon I was surfing through some of the popular blogs and I came across a disturbing and disheartening post by Blackfive. In it, Blackfive describes how he lost a Pakistani Muslim friend, because the (ex)-friend, his Pakistani friends and his family all insisted that the Israelis and Jews were responsible for pretty much all of the world’s ills. This even included insisting that Mossad (the Israeli intelligence service) actually carried out the airliner attack on the World Trade Center towers – even though Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. The most disturbing part of Blackfive’s account is that his (ex)-friend is well-educated at prestigious American universities and is a lawyer at a large law firm. Yet the friend believes all sorts of weird conspiracy theories about Israel, Zionists and Jews, and how they are behind the problems of all Muslims, everywhere.

Why would a well-educated, seemingly rational person believe such nonsense?

Unfortunately, belief in these strange theories seems to be common in Muslim communities throughout the world. The prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammed, in a display of incredible ignorance and blatant anti-Semitism, claimed that the “Jews rule the world by proxy” in a speech to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. If the leader of one of the world’s nations openly proclaims this kind of bizarre ideation, it isn’t surprising that other Muslims believe it as well.

And there is a lot more of this kind of stuff going around.

In one of the comments to Blackfive’s article, reader F. Covington links to an editorial article on albawaba.com in which the author, Henry Makow, Ph.D., defends Mahathir Mohammed, but says he was mistaken, because it isn’t the Jews that control the world, it is a Satan-worshipping, incredibly powerful, secret society called The Illuminati that does. (Yeah, you’ve probably heard of it before. The eye in the pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar bill is supposedly one of their symbols and all that).

The statements and quotes that Makow uses to describe The Illuminati are so outrageous as to be laughable – but he’s completely serious. For example:

“…there are some very powerful Jewish people in this group. For instance, the Rothschild family literally runs the financial empire in Europe (and indirectly the States) and are a well-known Jewish family. I have also known people whose parents were Jewish diamond merchants in the group and at every level. But to rise to power in the Illuminati, a Jewish person at night would be forced to renounce their faith and to give their first allegiance to Lucifer and the beliefs of the Illuminati.”

“…the Illuminati is very ‘Aryan’ and racist in its outlook. Hitler, Himmler and Goebbels were members. German is spoken at the top.”

“…these leaders are heads in the financial world, OLD banking money. The Rothschild family in England, and in France, have ruling seats. A descendant of the Hapsburg dynasty has a generational seat. Descendants of the ruling families of England and France have a generational seat. The Rockefeller family in the US holds a seat… The financiers, dating back to the bankers during the times of the Templar Knights who financed the early kings in Europe, created The Illuminati.”

“Most [Jews] would oppose this Illuminati scheme if they understood it. No wonder they think anti-Semitism is irrational and feel resentment. They don’t appreciate that many Jewish leaders secretly play a dominant role in the Illuminati plan.”

“The purpose of the creation of Israel and the invasion of Iraq is to colonize the Muslim world and eradicate Islam. Islam is the biggest stumbling block to the Luciferian world religion, secular humanism.”

“The Illuminati operate on the secret society principle. They enlist people to fight for a cause but they don’t reveal the ultimate purpose. People can’t appreciate that a multi-generational conspiracy exists and dominates history.”

Where to even start on this? If anything, it’s even worse than the craziness that Mahathir Mohammed spouted.

Let’s see – the Rothschild family, “very powerful Jewish people,” have ruling seats in this supposed Illuminati secret society, yet “Hitler, Himmler and Goebbels were members.” Yup, and pigs fly, too.

“The Rockefeller family in the US holds a seat.” But in his interview with Tony Snow on Fox News (October 13, 2003), Senator Jay Rockefeller says “…the situation turns out not to have been quite like either the intelligence community or the president indicated, and that would be a vote that I would probably not make today, based upon the revelations that there don’t appear, at least at this point, to be any weapons of mass destruction.” The senator, a member of the Rockefeller family, is now opposed to the U.S. war in Iraq and says that he wouldn’t vote to authorize it today. How can this be, if “Islam is the biggest stumbling block to the Luciferian religion”? Wouldn’t he support U.S. takeover of a Muslim nation if he were a member?

“The Illuminati operate on the secret society principle.” For a secret society, they sure are lousy at keeping secrets. A quick Google search on “Illuminati society” returned over 46,000 hits!

I did just a minor bit of research, via some simple Google searches, on the Illuminati and Henry Makow. What I encountered was a whole pile of sites touting all kinds of conspiracy theories and extremist propaganda. Visiting the sites actually made me rather nervous. I had thoughts like “These people are nuts. I hate to think of what they would do if they were angry at me.” It turns out that the article carried by albawaba.com is actually from Henry Makow’s site. I won’t provide a link – it disgusts me too much. You can easily find it it you’re interested by googling his name (but I wouldn’t recommend it). I think I need a shower after reading all of this garbage.

What to make of all of this?

I think most people in the western democracies would recognize Makow’s article (and most of his other writing) as extreme conspiracy-theorist nonsense. Before today, I had never encountered any of his writing, despite the fact that he apparently was the inventor of the board game “Scruples.” His work doesn’t recommend the game to me, I must say. Mainstream media in the U.S. and Canada seems to ignore him.

However, a mid-east media company, Al Bawaba Group, published his article on its website (albawaba.com) and appears to take it seriously. Why? Are they so credulous that they’ll believe anything? Is their fact-checking so poor that they can’t even begin to separate fact from fiction? Do they think that the anti-Semitism in the article is somehow less offensive than that of Mahathir Mohammed?

From what I can gather, it appears that some Muslim organizations look to Makow as support from western “academia” for their anti-Semitic and misogynistic views. That Makow apparently has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto gives him more credence in their eyes, despite that major media outlets in the U.S. and Canada pay him little-to-no attention. Makow’s ideas on world domination by a secret cabal of financiers and his denunciations of feminism and homosexuality fit virtually hand-in-glove with extreme Islam.

In short, Muslim extremists have found a “legitimate” apologist and Makow has found his perfect audience. I would just say that they deserve each other, if it weren’t such a dangerous combination. Muslims everywhere (and everyone else) should unequivocally condemn this kind of nonsense.

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  • Eric Olsen

    very well-done, disturbing, and important Pete, thanks!

  • Eric Jablow

    Makow is playing the wrong game. He should be playing Illuminati, by Steve Jackson Games, where the Boy Sprouts can control the Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow, the Republicans can control the Girlie Magazines, and the Secret Masters of Fandom can control the Orbital Mind-Control Lasers.

    It’s a great game.

  • jadester

    i thought the “all-seeing eye” on top of the pyramid on dollar bills was a Masonic symbol, due to the fact that several (or was it all?) of the Founding Fathers were also freemasons.
    and no, tho they may be mysterious to those of us who rank in the uninitiated, as far as i can tell the freemasons are not a world-reaching world-running group.

  • BB

    I was fortunate to have the experience of living in Malaysia for an extended period of time. As I explained in my comments under the “Mutual Admiration” post I was let go from a journalist position for even enquiring about a political matter. Like many Muslim countries they are dictatorships with zero tolerance for even a hint of disagreement, and like most demigods they use philosophy or religion the keep the masses in line. Mahathir Mohammed (affectionately known as Dr. M 😉 even put his right-hand protege in jail on trumped up charges just because he dared contradict him. Despite the fact they have elections and he calls himself Prime Minister, his party has ruled for the some odd 60 years since winning their independence from the Brits. I might also add money funded for 9-11 was reported to have been traced to Malaysia. A little bit of trivia for those interested.

  • I think we Brits made a mistake in Malaya (as it was then) in fighting (and winning) the war againt the Communists.

    If we’d just Malaysia go Communist in the 50s, Communism would have collapsed there in the 90s like it did pretty much everywhere else, and Malaysia would be free.

    Or perhaps not.

  • BB

    Just ask Fidel. Got any good stogies … anybody?

  • Thanks for the comments, everyone.

    From the little bit of research I did, the Masons and the Illuminati were closely related. From the one article I found on the Internet that seemed reasonably rational and based on actual facts (sorry, I don’t have the URL now), the Illuminati was a secret society founded in the 1800’s in Austria (I think it was) that borrowed a lot from the Masons and even took over some Masonic clubs in Europe. According to the article, the Illuminati society was eventually forcibly disbanded by the Austrian government, but for various reasons conspiracy theories abound that it still exists and is trying to (or does) control the world.

    Of course, that’s what they want to to believe, right? 😉

  • BB

    Well that explains it – “Makow apparently has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto”. What else would you expect from a graduate of Canukistan! Perhaps we should hook him up with Mulder?

    All kidding aside I never heard of him before and thanks Pete for bringing him to my attention. Very interesting indeed. I think I will check him out. Only in Canada you say? Pitty.

  • The Theory

    well, i have heard from former satanists that George W is apart of the Illuminati.

    Of course they’re trying to control the world… doesn’t everyone!?

  • The basic problem here is philosophical. The specific issue is epistemology, one of the couple of most critical basic questions. How do we “know” things? A certain basic Aristotelian idea of empiricism is so seeped into the bones of Western civilization that it acts generally as a significant if often inadequate check on crazy belief systems. Empiricism and reason obviously are less pervasive in the Muslim world.

    Finding some way to encourage better ideas about rules of logic and evidence and general methodology of how to think rationally would be far more deeply subversive to the Islamofascists’ influence than any attack on their religious beliefs.

    In the wise words of a particularly illuminated Hebrew, namely Paul Simon,

    Faith, faith is an island in the setting sun
    But proof, yeah-yeah,
    Proof is the bottom line for everyone.

  • JR

    Of course the seminal work on conspiracies is “The Illuminatus Trilogy” by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. It’s fiction, but then so is pretty much everything else on this subject.

    Another interesting character of this ilk is David Icke (it’s the lizards who control the Illuminati). He should be quite easy to find on the web. He comes off as paranoid but not so hateful, which is nice for a change.

    An interesting point on “secret societies”: If you’ve ever been in a college fraternity, you know they often have all these secret rituals. This is obviously an affectation; it’s a way of making the members feel like they’re part of some thing exclusive and somehow subversive. But to some people on the outside this kind of thing can appear quite serious, for example the Skull and Bones fraternity into which the Bushes were initiated. I think the case is similar with the Illuminati and the Freemasons and so on; they were probably harmless fraternities that wanted to appear powerful and exclusive. Through the fog of history, they’ve succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

    In fact there are numerous little “societies” with their own secret rites throughout America – each town posts a sign at the city limits with all there names. Most people probably don’t even notice (just like the fnords).

  • Remember, if you don’t SEE the fnords, they can’t eat you.

  • jadester

    and if the fnords can’t eat you, they’ll eat the evil pixies instead

  • The problem with discounting Makow (who is Jewish) and Muslims as anti-Semites and irrational thinkers is the well documented political history of the state of Israel. Average American’s contempt for the theories as to why we are involved in exporting “democracy” to the Muslim world ignores the abundance of proof available for those who have a reason to use their dumbed down American education to look beyond the propaganda. The truth about US financial and military support for Israel, and the very real and powerful influence of the Jewish lobby in the US are not conspiracy theory. As America follows Sharon into WWIII it might be time to consider all the available facts before we jump to conclusions based only on what we’ve been taught by the American mainstream press.

    And what difference does it make that a Rockefeller says *now* that he wouldn’t have supported the Iraq invasion.. we are Rebuilding Iraq (and the U.S.) as a communitarian nation, we’re planning on “liberating” the entire Middle East (just as Israel planned, and btw Israel DOES have WMDs) and we haven’t got a clue how to get out of it without spilling more blood. If Makow’s work is just too much for you, try reading the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz for a few weeks.. that’s where the truth is printed.

    On October 3, 2001, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs noted something rather disturbing that Sharon said on Israeli public radio:

    “We the Jewish people control America. And the Americans know it.” (Franklin)

    As for 9-11, check out the work going on at unansweredquestions.org and at infowars.com.

  • Niki,

    I am not interested in your deranged conspiracy theories. How could I be, since I only have a “dumbed down American education”? [heavy sarcasm intended]

    I’ve (unfortunately) been to your site. Your anti-Semitism is obvious, as is your complete misunderstanding of history.

    Like all good conspiracy theorists, you make your arguments sound plausible on the surface and to the uninformed (and to yourself), but a closer examination shows them to be a farce. In one article, you ask if there is a connection between urban warfare and urban redevelopment. Is that a joke, or are you just completely clueless?

    Also, your statements regarding Jewish control of America are offensive, both to Jews and to non-Jewish Americans. Please keep your nonsense to yourself. Your “disclaimer” that you don’t hate anyone is, frankly, a lie. Please do not visit my site or comment on what I write in the future.

  • Pete,

    This will be my last post to you on this site, as per your request. But in the future should someone arrive here with similar valid input, could you please use the accepted rules for debate and refrain from using ad homynum accusations?

    In your “response” you accuse me of being a deranged conspiracy theorist and say I have a complete misunderstanding of history. Yet you don’t back your slurs up with even ONE valid reference to prove this, nor do you cite exactly where you’re getting these allegations.

    Communitarianism is most definately NOT a conspiracy theory and neither is U.N. Local Agenda 21. (FYI- Urban redevelopment is part of an inter-agency partnership creating under the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, it utilizes local SWAT teams to serve public health warrants.)

    Does quoting the Israeli Prime Minister saying on Israeli public radio that the “Jewish people control America” make me an anti-Semitic? Using your logic, does that mean Sharon is also anti-Semitic? Zionism is supported by some Christians as well as some Jews.. does this also make me anti-Christian?

    How does my opposition to merging the US with Imperial Britian (a socialist country)and other foreign powers fit into your assessment of my character?

    I’m very sorry that you find the truth so offensive. And while I can back up every claim I make with numerous, verifiable sources, perhaps you would prefer that I believe in and espouse the same lies as you?

    P.S. My reference to Charlotte Iserbyt’s “Deliberate Dumbing Down of America” was not meant as an insult… we have all suffered under the changing public school system.. and we all have a long way to go to catch up on what the rest of the world already knows.

  • rob jones

    This thread epitomises ‘dumbed down American education’. How can people be so naive. Open your eyes and your minds and you will start to see the pieces fall into place. Fear controls your minds. That is what they want. You won’t question this or contemplate it seriously because you fear it. Even scientists are starting to realise that we can only use 10% of our brains. You people are living proof.

  • Wow Rob, you’re pretty DEEP.

    Deep in what we can only guess.

  • mark

    I am very afraid that Pete does not consider theories even though they may be seen as extreme as was antiNatzism in Nazi Germany hardly anyone was one.Being against Nazism is not wrong was it Pete it may not be popular but you do not need to disparge ideas you don:t like.You should show more civility you frighten me with your absolutedness,you seem to know so much.

  • Mark,

    You *should* be frightened. Very frightened! It’s people like me, with our “absolutedness” that run the whole world. Mwahahaha! 🙂

    Seriously, Mark, you really need to work on your reading and writing skills. Based on your spelling and grammatical error filled, um, comment, I can’t fathom at all what your point is, assuming that you actually have one.

    But thanks for writing.

  • Mel

    Henry Makow’s site isn’t for the politically correct faint hearted, as is evident by dainty Pete’s response. As usual nothing of substance is offered to refute Makow’s comments, just ad-hominen remarks.

  • Mel

    “Psychiatric diagnosis! — A reflex developed by debaters who have become too lazy to
    think — Just as there can be only shame in proclaiming, “I don’t have to work; I’m on welfare!” so there should be only shame in proclaiming, “I don’t have to think; I’m a Jew who can close down any argument by the accusation of anti- Semitism!” Psychiatric diagnosis is
    a form of intellectual welfare. The accusation of anti-Semitism is the taking of intellectual welfare. Welfare of any kind destroys character. Economic welfare destroys the ability to work. Intellectual welfare destroys the ability to think.”

    -Dr. Labomyr Prytulak

    Methinks you should reflect on that quote Petey 🙂

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    This article got posted to BlogCritics in 2003. In one sentence, the entire article could be summarized to say, “conspiracy sites are crazy because I can’t believe what they say.”

    Very good.

    When you start really studying history, Pete, you start discovering that there are many strange things that have occurred, that are hard to believe, and that for the most part, what is taught as history is the lie we all agree to.

    Let me give you just one out of the way example and show you where it leads. In 1933, a fellow named Haim Arlozorov, the head of the Labor Zionists in the British Mandate here, was mysteriously assassinated. The Labor Zionists blamed the Revisionist Zionists for the murder, and got control of the Zionist Executive, the body that later became the “national council” that declared independence here in 1948.

    When you really start to dig, you find out that Arlozorov was a fellow who had trouble conrolling his zipper and who was having an affair with a German divorcée. It can’t be proven now, but it is a very likely possibility that the woman’s new fiancé and later husband arranged the murder.

    The real question here is not why Haim Arlozorov was having an affair with the fiancée of Joseph Goebbels. People have affairs all the time. The real question is what was Haim Arlozorov doing hanging around people like Goebbels in the first place?

    The fact that he was hanging around with high ranking Nazis is something that Israeli historians do not want to generally discuss because it raises some very uncomfortable questions that they would rather not deal with. Some of them are in the link immediately above. Others deal with a Transit Agreement that the Labor Zionists worked out with the Nazis shortly after they were brought to power in 1933.

    Do note that while Truthseekers, the site quoted immediately above, is an anti-Semitic outfit, the man quoted there, Rav Dov Michael Weissmandl, z”l, who was the head of the last surviving yeshiva in Eastern Europe until is closure, was a genuine hero of the Jewish people who was very angry with the leadership of the Zionist movement in 1948, which is when this link dates from…

  • kill em all… jus nuke the earth…