In a recent Egyptian TV show, former Egyptian ambassadors espoused various conspiracy theories. Rakha Ahmed Hassan, a member of Egypt's foreign affairs committee, who served as the country's ambassador to Germany, said that America, NATO, and Arab countries finance the ISIS fighters in Syria. Mohamed El Shazly, former ambassador to Denmark, said that a long-term conspiracy had divided the Ottoman Empire between European countries and established the state of Israel. The show aired on Mehwar TV on November 15, 2015.
Following are excerpts:
Rakha Ahmed Hassan, former Egyptian ambassador to Germany: Former U.S. Secretary of State and political scientist Condoleezza Rice developed the theory of "constructive anarchy": In countries whose structure is not in keeping with Western strategy… They are all member states of NATO. What do we do if these countries do not conform with Western strategy? They will be dismantled and then rebuilt in a way that serves our interests.
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has 5,000 fighters in Syria. Who finances them? America and NATO, of course, and Turkey transfers the weapons and everything. And Arab countries also finance [ISIS].
Mohamed El Shazly, former Egyptian ambassador to Denmark: We are always talking about conspiracies. For us, conspiracy theories boil down to a bunch of highway robbers who…
Interviewer: Who have join interests…
Mohamed El Shazly: The conspiracy that I am talking about was shaped by the greatest minds in politics, in the military, in economy, in trade, and in intelligence. It is a long-term conspiracy.
This conspiracy continued from 1765 until 1918, when World War I ended, and the assets of the Ottoman state were divided among the European countries. Now consider the Zionist Congress of 1898. Exactly 50 years later, in 1948, the state of Israel was established. There are long-term conspiracies. We don't get this because we don't plan more than a few months ahead.