In my attempt to follow the daily news, I am a member of various yahoo groups that include hundreds of members sending daily emails. These groups vary in terms of interest and political orientation. Usually you get hundreds of worthless emails, but from time to time you get some real items of news that are of interest to me.
Following the emails sent by people is however more interesting to tell their mentality and general mood. Of course they are not totally representative of Egypt and its population, but they are an interesting indication nonetheless as they are supposedly more educated and more aware of the world around them.
In one of these groups I received an email that was quite interesting to say the least. The email was quite short and read as follows: “Do you know that you carry the Star of Israel, God curse her, on your Computer? Did you know in the first place that your Computer had the Star of Israel in it? Go to my Computer, then go to the C Drive, Open Program Files, then open Microsoft Office, enter Media, then CAGCAT10. You will find the picture under the name JO285926. Remove this trash from your Computer and spread this message by all means possible.”
I followed the instructions given and indeed I found a picture of the Menorah and the background had the Star of David. Here was the greatest proof of all conspiracy theories. Finally the Arab Conspiracy Mind can rest assured that all its fears and theories are true. Microsoft has included a symbol on all its Computers to have a laugh at us. But wait a minute. What are those other pictures in the folder? There is a picture of the Eifel Tower! Yes the French must be part of the conspiracy. Isn’t Sarkozy’s mother half Jewish! Santa Clouse picture! So what the Christians are part of the Grand Conspiracy, aren’t they? A Hammer? Of course Communism is part of the Jewish Conspiracy. Buda? Well they are Pagans anyway and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were part of the conspiracy. But what is this picture next to Buda. It is a squared black stone and around it is what looks like a ….. Mosque!!!!!!!!!! Could it be the Kaaba? How come????????? Is Islam part of the Jewish conspiracy? Well it must be an attempt to fool us by putting an Islamic symbol there. It must also be an insult to put a symbol of Islam next to those pagan symbols.
Of course it is a waste of time to try to explain to such idiots that Microsoft has simply included some pictures in the Office, 85 in total, for use. Such simple explanation is of course too naïve of me. It would also of course be too stupid of me to argue with such mentalities that the Star of David is a religious symbol and so is the Menorah and that they are not “trash” as the author of the email so eloquently wrote.
A smarter person that the one that sent this email replied to everyone with his warning to all of us that it might be a virus or a Trojan file that gathers info on us!!!!!!!!
Daniel Pipes has written an excellent book on Conspiracy Theories in the Arab world, but I think his book is too old by now. With the new technology advancement the Conspiracy Mind has found new unexplored rooms and venues. A Second part of his book is badly needed to cover the new conspiracy theories.