Fist full of fan­tasies

The Pak Banker - - Front Page - Nadeem F. Paracha

LAST week I fi­nally read the in­fa­mous Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion — this time with­out en­joy­ing it as an un­in­ten­tional satire of con­spir­acy lingo and more as an in­ten­tional hoax and forgery cooked up to meet some rather dem­a­gogic ends. This book (first pub­lished in Rus­sia in 1890), is sup­pos­edly an ac­count of a meet­ing in­volv­ing a group of pow­er­ful Jews and Freema­sons, in which both dis­cuss ways to take over the world.

Over a span of a hun­dred years or so, Pro­to­cols… has evolved into be­com­ing a kind of a Bi­ble for con­spir­acy the­o­rists, in spite of the fact that on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions its con­tents have been de­bunked and the book proven to be noth­ing more than an out­right forgery.

The book has shaped per­haps one of the largest num­bers of con­spir­acy the­o­ries (and the­o­rists). And over the decades, de­spite be­ing de­ci­sively de­flated and be­com­ing a joke in var­i­ous Euro­pean coun­tries, copies of this con­spir­a­to­rial farce are still be­ing pub­lished (in Ara­bic, English, Turk­ish, Malay, and Urdu) in var­i­ous Mus­lim coun­tries.

In fact till 1975, the then Saudi monarch, King Faisal, was fond of hand­ing copies to his guests. Most of these copies were pub­lished in Pak­istan (with Saudi money) and then ex­ported back to var­i­ous Arab coun­tries. The first Urdu trans­la­tion of the book, how­ever, be­gan ap­pear­ing from 1977 on­wards.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that most Pak­istani or Arab Mus­lims who are con­vinced that the con­tents of the book deal with an ac­tual meet­ing, have lit­tle or no clue about the pub­li­ca­tion his­tory of this farce.

Ei­ther that or many of them just want to keep this his­tory un­der wraps be­cause it can clearly be­tray the book’s claims of be­ing a gen­uine ac­count of a real plot.

When many Pak­istani or Arab con­spir­acy the­o­rists up­date and im­pro­vise chunks of this book to ex­plain the mul­ti­ple plots be­ing hatched against Mus­lims by Zion­ists and their western al­lies, they leave out the bit about how the book was first writ­ten by a Rus­sian aris­to­crat, Mathieu Golovin­sky in 1890.

Golovin­sky got the idea from some con­ser­va­tive French authors and monar­chists who’d been writ­ing books blam­ing the Freema­sons and the elu­sive Il­lu­mi­nati cult for in­sti­gat­ing the 18th cen­tury French Rev­o­lu­tion that over­threw the French monar­chy and (for a while) abol­ished re­li­gion.

In 1890, Golovin­sky took these ideas, re­placed the Il­lu­mi­nati with the Jews and put them at the cen­tre of a world­wide con­spir­acy to con­quer the world with the help of Freema­sons.

Us­ing the French authors are ci­ta­tions — yes, till this day, con­spir­acy the­o­rists love cit­ing each other’s works as sources — Golovin­sky de­scribes a meet­ing be­tween Jews and Freema­sons in which they plot to con­trol the press, banks and the ju­di­ciary so they could im­pose rev­o­lu­tion­ary/athe­is­tic ideas (so­cial­ism, lib­er­al­ism, democ­racy) to dam­age Chris­tian­ity in Europe.

Till the 1920s, the Pro­to­cols… was a book be­ing waved by groups of Chris­tian fun­da­men­tal­ists and monar­chists alarmed by the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial out­come of epochs like the Age of Rea­son, rise of sci­ence, sec­u­lar democ­racy and Com­mu­nism.

In other words, it was be­ing quoted by those groups that were ide­o­log­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally dis­placed by the grad­ual col­lapse of monar­chism and the de­clin­ing influence of the Church in Europe from the 19th cen­tury on­wards.

In­stead of em­pir­i­cally study­ing and un­der­stand­ing the changes that took shape in Europe and trig­gered a se­ries of po­lit­i­cal, sci­en­tific and eco­nomic rev­o­lu­tions from the 18th Cen­tury on­wards, the dis­placed lot con­ve­niently claimed that all this was the hand­i­work of the Jews and their Freema­son agents.

But just when it seemed the cred­i­bil­ity of the book had suf­fered se­ri­ous blows, a pow­er­ful, con­ser­va­tive Amer­i­can in­dus­tri­al­ist de­cided to ex­press his ha­tred of the large num­ber of im­mi­grants pour­ing into the United States by res­ur­rect­ing the Pro­to­cols…

In 1922, US car man­u­fac­turer, Henry Ford, se­ri­alised the book in one of the news­pa­pers that he owned as a way to sug­gest that the Jews were us­ing im­mi­grant work­ers who were so­cial­ists and com­mu­nists in fac­to­ries to un­der­mine Amer­ica’s Protes­tant Chris­tian work ethic.

Funny thing is that Ford was a Freema­son him­self, so he clev­erly edited out por­tions in the book about the Freema­sons.

The serialisation of the book was then pub­lished as The In­ter­na­tional Jew that be­came a big seller in places like Ger­many — a coun­try whose econ­omy had hit rock-bot­tom af­ter it badly lost the First World War (WW-1).

It was The In­ter­na­tional Jew that also be­came the ba­sis of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi phi­los­o­phy. He used it to jus­tify his regime’s anti-Jew poli­cies that even­tu­ally led to the Holo­caust.

To him it wasn’t Ger­many’s mil­i­tary ad­ven­tur­ism that caused its eco­nomic col­lapse and hu­mil­i­a­tion af­ter WW-1. It was the Jews and their agents i.e. the bankers, the democrats and the com­mu­nists. Af­ter Nazi Ger­many’s de­feat in the Sec­ond World War, the Pro­to­cols… and its mod­ern ver­sion, The In­ter­na­tional Jew, found a brand new au­di­ence in Mus­lim coun­tries, es­pe­cially those be­ing ruled by Arab mon­archs and dic­ta­tors.Con­fronted by their pop­u­la­tions on the ques­tion of the cre­ation of the Jew state of Is­rael (1948) on Pales­tinian land, many Arab rulers re­sponded by al­low­ing the pro­lif­er­a­tion of the trans­lated ver­sions of The In­ter­na­tional Jew in book stores, mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers and even schools.

In­stead of re­flect­ing upon their own deca­dent dy­nas­tic pol­i­tics, most Mus­lim gov­ern­ments sim­ply ex­plained their fail­ures as an out­come of a com­plex and di­a­bolic plot hatched against the Mus­lims of the world by pow­er­ful Zion­ists/Jews.

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