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Crazy Muslim conspiracy theories

By Glenn Greenwald | August 5, 2010
Crazy Muslim conspiracy theories
Rashad Hussain – Wikipedia

Politico‘s Laura Rozen points to this Times of India article, recounting how Rashad Hussain, the Obama administration’s envoy to the Muslim world, was angered and “shocked” yesterday when — as part of a tour of India to promote better relations with Muslims — “the head of a city-based Muslim institution [Akhtar Hasan Rizvi] slammed the US’ policies, not just in the Middle East, but towards Muslims everywhere”:

Rizvi held America responsible for many woes in the Muslim world. “You supplied arms to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, then invaded Iraq in the name of searching for weapons of mass destruction. You created the Taliban with the help of Pakistan. You have been backing Israel ever since its creation. First, right the wrongs that you have created if you want to establish peace in the world,” said Rizvi to applause from the students.

Shocked, Hussain who had earlier talked about the Obama administration’s resolve to partner with the Muslim world for winning hearts and minds, shot back: “I reject the conspiracy theories that are being floated” . . . . Hussain appeared so upset with Rizvi’s trenchant comments that he almost left the dais and wanted to walk out but the meeting’s conductor, Akhtar Chauhan, also director of the institute, requested him to stay back.

Are any of the accusations voiced by Rizvi actually “conspiracy theories,” or are they just all basic, undisputed facts?  It certainly appears to me to be the latter.  One of the favorite tactics of American political and media elites is to disparage the Muslim world as wallowing in “conspiracy theories” whenever they describe American actions in their part of the world.  While there are undoubtedly some such theories in that part of the world and every other, this episode highlights that, more often that not, that claim is made to obfuscate basic truths and to deter those who would point them out.

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2 Comments

  1. Yes, the huff and puff and blow the conversation down with the “conspiracy theory” sneer is getting so old it’s got mold growing on it. How long will this oink work? As long as these “more equal” piigies squeel from their positions of agrandisimoso perches.

    Newspeak is alive and well in the 21st century.

    Comment by hybridrogue | August 5, 2010

  2. Akhtar Hasan Rizv you’ve hit the nail on its head, and when the Obama Administration puppet didn’t like your comments that’s just too bad.

    Comment by B.Benhamid | August 6, 2010


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