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post #616 of 2695
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The watermelon thing has popped up before. It's silly but those types of rumors cause a lot of damage. In a country where you have clerics saying the Sun revolves around the Earth, they aren't going to believe the scientists when they tell them there is no poison in the watermelons. It' similar to the rumors in Iraq that the coalition is air dropping supplies to ISIS. Obviously this is absurd but many many many Iraqis believe it to be true. 

post #617 of 2695
How come they're so fucking stupid? Is it genetic? I want answers.
post #618 of 2695
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In Iraq I suspect it's from eating carp. A filthy fish if there ever was one. 

post #619 of 2695
...there are elected representatives in the US that think the earth is not more than 6000 years old, and plenty of people who feel vaccinations will lead to mental retardation, you can find these types world wide

This is more a of everyone having an agenda of pitting themselves against an "external" evil to maintain siege mentality and status quo, esp after that beautiful spring uprising that's now led to massive surveillance efforts
post #620 of 2695
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...there are elected representatives in the US that think the earth is not more than 6000 years old, and plenty of people who feel vaccinations will lead to mental retardation, you can find these types world wide

This is more a of everyone having an agenda of pitting themselves against an "external" evil to maintain siege mentality and status quo, esp after that beautiful spring uprising that's now led to massive surveillance efforts


Yes, this is true but rumors and conspiracy theories are more widely believed in third-world countries. I'm just saying that the impact of a rumor like this is greater than it might appear at first. It's bigger than the watermelons. 

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The watermelon thing has popped up before. It's silly but those types of rumors cause a lot of damage. In a country where you have clerics saying the Sun revolves around the Earth, they aren't going to believe the scientists when they tell them there is no poison in the watermelons. It' similar to the rumors in Iraq that the coalition is air dropping supplies to ISIS. Obviously this is absurd but many many many Iraqis believe it to be true. 
And now these folk have access to the Internet and then one queries "Why is the Middle East such a mess?"
post #622 of 2695
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Because there is tons of propaganda both in English and Arabic. Understandably, English literacy is really low in MENA: http://www.ef.edu/epi/#mena Not included in their MENA region is Turkey which is also in the very low proficiency category. 

post #623 of 2695
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Sometimes people wonder how high up these types of misbegotten beliefs go. I would say that they generally go all the way to the top. King Faisal of KSA used to keep bookcases full of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and would ask "'do they have the book?" of his visitors. 

post #624 of 2695
Yeah it's nuts to think there are large swaths of people who think their government was in on the massacre of 3000 people, or that their leader is an invective islamofascist who hates the nation and is intent on seeing its downfall -- all so neatly put together in award winning documentaries.
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post #625 of 2695
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Nobody is arguing about the existence of rumors and conspiracies, we are talking about their acceptance. 

post #626 of 2695
i think a larger portion than you may like accepts those above as well (see half of the CE threads...) , and while MENA may have a lead, it's not a large.

Then again, there was this ...
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post #627 of 2695
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That is terrifying. 

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The watermelon thing has popped up before. It's silly but those types of rumors cause a lot of damage. In a country where you have clerics saying the Sun revolves around the Earth, they aren't going to believe the scientists when they tell them there is no poison in the watermelons.

 

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 It' similar to the rumors in Iraq that the coalition is air dropping supplies to ISIS. Obviously this is absurd but many many many Iraqis believe it to be true. 

 

US doesnt need to drop supplies to ISIS they just supply the "moderates" who later align themselves with the "extremists"  or submit to them. Then there is the case of an accidental drop off.

 

 

 

 

post #629 of 2695
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Not comparable at all and by that same logic you could call allowing US military hardware to be stationed in Anbar and Ninewa an "accidental dropoff." 

 

For as poisonous and hardline as Nusra, Ahrar, Suqour, and Jaysh al Islam are they are not engaging any US allies. 

post #630 of 2695
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Apparently the video of Jaysh al Islam wearing orange jumpsuits executing ISIS clad in black is real. The pictures were released when 'Alloush was in Turkey and now they are reviewing it to decide if it constitutes an international crime. 

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