We’ve long known of the Muslim world’s fetish for conspiracy theories, but this one is a real gem. On an Egyptian television show last November, Jamal al-Din Ibrahim (1) claimed that the Islamic State was a creation of John McCain and that its leader, the “Caliph” Abu-Bakar al-Baghdadi, was trained by Mossad. And, if that wasn’t enough, he involved British Intelligence (an old bugbear among Middle Eastern conspiracy fans) and American traitor Edward Snowden.
Professor or not, Mr. al-Din is an expert in nuttiness:
Here’s an excerpt from the transcript:
Jamal Al-Din Ibrahim: ISIS has two meaning – an over meaning and the true meaning. On the face of it, ISIS means “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”
Interviewer: This is how they called it at the beginning.
Jamal Al-Din Ibrahim: Yet the same acronym can stand for “Israeli Secret Intelligence Service.”
This information comes from Edward Snowden, who is now a wanted man…
Interviewer: That’s the guy from the NSA…
Jamal Al-Din Ibrahim: Exactly. He said that this was a means to drag the Arab world into a quagmire, and at the same time, to get rid of all the terrorists in a clever way, in keeping with the ways of British intelligence.
This is a picture of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, right? That’s his picture with John McCain, right?
Interviewer: Exactly. Oh my!
Jamal Al-Din Ibrahim: And that’s his picture with various Arab organizations… Isn’t that his assistant, Muhammad Noor?
Interviewer: Yes, on the right.
Jamal Al-Din Ibrahim: Show us the previous picture again. There’s something fishy there. That’s his meeting with John McCain.
Interviewer: Yes, from about two years ago.
Jamal Al-Din Ibrahim: The guy with the camera is [Baghdadi’s] assistant, Muhammad Noor.
Jamal Al-Din Ibrahim: This proves that John McCain was establishing ISIS two years ago, when the Syrian revolution started. That’s him over there. ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi…
There are many annoying things about Senator McCain, but, somehow, I don’t think establishing a head-chopping Islamic revival movement is among them.
Sadly, this kind of thinking is all too common in the Muslim world, which wallows in a blame-others victim-hood.
(1) Who claims to be a former University of California. If so, it was probably at Irvine, where the anti-Israel and antisemitic craziness is strong.