Saturday, June 26, 2004
A lot have been said about the river of conspiracy theories that runs through the Arab/Muslim world. Even some of our most celebrated intellectuals resort to unrealistic and too often funny conclusions when they do not want to face a reality. A huge number of educated Arabs actually believed the rumor that 4000 Jews did not report to work in the World Trade Center on September 11. You get the idea.
After reading some of Michael Moore's comments, I felt relived that we are not the only people with nuts among us. From what I read about his latest documentary film, I discovered that it really resembled a lot of the fake and emotionally hype stories I read in our media and especially in our cheap tabloids.
However, there is something very troubling about Michael Moore. Our conspiracy theorists and la-la-land inhabitants do not hate their country and they don't go around the world bashing it in front of a foreign audience. I am not sure if I am being fair by using the word "hate". May be Michael Moore doesn't hate the USA but just hates its system or whatever you want to call it. But I find it a bit difficult to use another word when I read that he actually thinks that the terrorists who bomb police stations and oil pipelines in Iraq resemble a "revolution" that "will win." I find it equally troubling that he uttered those far from the truth words to a foreign audience.