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."