Wednesday, April 20, 2011

No Lie Too Far Fetched

Courtesy of the former free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News and now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley, Dr. As’ad AbuKhalil, we get the chance to peer into the irrational mindset of an angry Arab, someone whose openly published views give us a pretty good guess of what kinds of facts and arguments inform the fabled Arab Street.

Here is a typical example:

"The bodyguard of the ousted Tunisian President Zen El Abedeen Ben Ali has said that Ben Ali and his wife Laila El Trabolsi are supporters of Israel. Abdel Rahman Sobeir also claims that El Trabolsi is a Mossad agent who was involved in several assassinations of Palestinian leaders when they were exiled in Tunisia. Mr Sobeir revealed this sensitive information on Facebook; he accused Tunisia's ex-First Couple and their son-in-law Selim Shaiboub, along with a number of senior security chiefs, of criminal activity."

This conspiratorial line of thinking reminded me strongly of the plot of Roman Polansky's recent film: "The Ghost Writer", in which the truth about Adam Lang, a TonyBlairesque British PM, is revealed through the cunning writing of a ghost writer: "Lang's wife Ruth was recruited as a CIA agent by Professor Paul Emmett of Harvard University."

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