The Conspiracy Merry-go-round

Sunday’s attacks at Rafah and Kerem Shalom should be blamed on Israel, says Ismail Haniya  (leader of Hamas in the Gaza strip). Fifteen Egyptian soldiers died in the ruthless ambush by a militant raiding party from Sinai and Gaza.

Haniya’s fabrication might be accepted by the tragically brainwashed (think of the Mossad shark, or hokum like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion), but it is no more than an attempt to divert attention away from souring relations with Egypt.

A counter-conspiracy in this game of geo-political chess could argue that the attack was orchestrated to sanction Egyptian re-militarisation of Sinai!

Hanlon’s Razor is a useful device in dealing with conspiracy theorists’ logic:

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

The attack was grotesque, injudicious and inhumane. Bogus assertions of Mossad involvement are risible.

President Mohamed Morsi referred to the attackers as infidels, closed the Rafah crossing and vowed an increased military presence. His challenge is that security along the Gaza border and lawlessness in Sinai are being exploited to destabilise Egypt’s domestic and foreign relations.

In light of Haniya’s allegations, the BBC may wish to revisit its 2006 profile which states that:

He is considered a pragmatist in the movement’s (Hamas) ranks who is more open to dialogue with Israel.

Pragmatists provide leadership with integrity and creativity. Jumping on a conspiracy merry-go-round in a calculated attempt to shift attention from an overabundance of failure, is the antithesis of pragmatism.

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Steve Nimmons is a technology entrepreneur and writer with interests in Innovation and Digital Transformation in Defence, Security and Policing.