The notion was actually doing the rounds that recent shark attacks at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik were the work of Mossad, the Israeli secret service. Hadn’t someone seen an electronic device attached to a shark being directed from Tel Aviv, video-game style, to devour a Russian tourist’s leg?First of all, I don't believe that this "notion was actually doing the rounds," anymore than I believe Tommy Friedman has ever exchanged anything other than addresses and fare information with a cab driver. More generally, I love this idea that Arabs are uniquely deranged and conspiratorial. (I also love that poor Czeslaw Milosz has been hauled out of his basement of low-wattage banalities to turn a phrase that isn't aphoristic in the slightest.) I mean, good God, a fair number of Americans also believe that their own government directly perpetrated 9/11 . . . are they too victims of totalitarianism? In the words of my favorite film reviewer: I'll let you decide. But the answer is yes.
One Egyptian government official suggested the theory was plausible enough. After all, damage to the Egyptian tourist industry could only please Israel. Cui bono ?
Subsequent to 9/11, America just happened to go invade a couple of predominantly Muslim countries that had fuck-all to do with 9/11; had nothing to do with it whether you believe the normative, official histories or believe that Dick Cheney's brood of reptilian shape-shifter offspring dynamited the foundation of the Trade Centers and shot a space-laser at the Pentagon. Is the "notion" that America used it as a pretext to go smash up a lotta Muslims inherently nuttier than the notion that Iraq was poised to conquer America with its advanced ability not to use or possess nuclear weapons?
Look, whatever you think about Arabs and their, uh, mind, the reason they view everything America and its allies do with intense suspicion is that America and its allies keep fucking killing Arabs.