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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