Yesterday, I posted on the impossibility of reaching an accommodation with the Arab world as long as they continue to believe any and all delusional conspiracy theories in relation to the West, specifically America and Israel, while at the same time insisting on our surrender. Since even people recognized as "moderates" tend to take part in the thought pattern, I thought it might be useful to differentiate between the manifest paranoid delusions that percolate through and persist in large parts of the Arab (and Western) body politics.
USAF_Linguist made some telling comments on the post yesterday. He was directing his attention to the Arabic media as a reflection of the thought processes at play. I would suggest the Western left shares the same thought structure. The following quotes are all from the comments of USAF_Linguist:
My classmates and I have been watching episodes of a popular Al-Jazeera series, "top secret," which is done along the lines of the "unsolved mysteries" series, but in arabic and frequently focusing on 9/11 conspiracy theories. I have noticed three main trends that I find intensely alarming in this series. Firstly, the level to which they buy into a Jewish/Israeli conspiracy (in today's episode for example, they made reference to a Mosad agent on the plane with Mohamed Atta).
The anti-American, anti-Semitic left fits right at home with this characterization. Cindy Sheehan was not the first and won't be the last to claim we went to war with Iraq for Israel at the behest of the neo-cons (ie, the "Jews".)
Secondly, their intense cultural insecurity; in almost every episode is someone saying how helpless the Arabs are and how they could never pull off something like the september 11th attacks.
This has parallels with the subtle racism of so many liberals who were so ready to believe that the Black Americans in New Orleans once free of the yolk of the police, were capable of vile rapes, murders, throat slitting of children, and cannibalism, all of which has since been discredited.