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Arab News: ‘An Israeli conspiracy that never existed’

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 23, 2011 | 7:28 pm

Unless you didn’t realize that 15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance, then you’re well aware of that fact that the Middle East is undergoing a seismic shift. First Tunisia. Then Egypt. Now Libya and whoever else next decides it’s high time for government to answer to the people.

If you believe conspiracy theories popular in the Arab world—and probably increasingly so right now—than you know that Israel is to blame. After all, Israel always is the one to blame for everything that’s wrong in the world, and certainly in the Middle East.

Arab newspapers have made a habit of positing crazy theories about Israeli-trained super rats terrorizing Palestinians and IDF stripper assassins. And that’s what makes this op-ed from the Arab News so remarkable. Written by a retired Saudi naval commodore, the op-ed is titled “An Israeli conspiracy that never existed,” and it goes:

To this day, I see Arabs blaming Israelis for young Arab drug addicts, their poor education, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, bad roads, corruption, lack of democracy, unemployment, 9/11, the division of Sudan, the upheaval in Tunisia and the unrest in Egypt. If Israel can do all these things, then the Israelis are either super humans or we simply enjoy blaming others for our failings.

Powerful words. Read the rest here.

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