'Is Mark Zuckerberg a Spy?'
The paranoid delusions of Middle-East dictators
"Is Mark Zuckerberg a Spy?"
This was the Google search carried out several days ago by an anonymous reader of this web site.
First, to avoid any misunderstandings, cases of mistaken identity, or accusations of libel, the answer is no.
Mark Zuckerberg is a Jewish kid from Dobbs Ferry, New York who founded the social networking site Facebook out of his dorm room at Harvard College, and became fabulously wealthy and famous as a result.
But that's not what the Iranian government thinks. On December 31, Iranian state television reported that the Internet is part of an American plot to take over the world.
And key to this plot, says the Iranian government, is the "Zionist Mark Zuckerberg, who offered a prize for Israelis who kill Palestinians."
And while this sounds like crazy-talk, there are apparently those who take it seriously enough to search for "Is Mark Zuckerberg a Spy?" on Google.
Who can these people be? Perhaps they are frightened Middle-Eastern dictators (Qaddafi? Assad?) holed up in their compounds as masses of demonstrators crowd outside calling for their ouster?
After Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was deposed, activist Wael Ghonim told CNN:
So even though it's so banal and sound-bitish to talk about the "revolutionary" nature of social media, in the case of the Middle East, it is literally true.
So, as a thought experiment, if you were a Middle East dictator holed up in your palace as the revolutionaries pressed in, desperately hacking away at the Internet looking for clues, what would you find?
Evidence that Zuckerberg is a Zionist agent:
Evidence that Zuckerberg is not a Zionist agent:
In any case, if you are a Middle Eastern dictator, and looking for fodder for your anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic paranoia, please don't search for it on this site.