Proof that a smart man can also be an idiot

Posted by: Phineas on November 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I’ve always been a great fan of History and it’s handmaiden, Archeology. And, like so many History buffs, I have a strong interest in Ancient Egypt, whose civilization was old while my European ancestors were still living in crude villages.

So, it’s with some distress -though, sadly, with little surprise- that I learn that someone whose work I’ve admired, Dr. Zahi Hawass, a renowned archaeologist and an Egyptian vice-minister of culture, is a flaming antisemite. Just listen to his own words:


Anyone else get a “Peter Lorre” vibe from that weaselly host? The guy probably hangs around schoolyards.

Of course, it’s neither uncommon nor unique to Islam for intelligent, well-educated people to hold hateful, false beliefs. Many devout Nazis and Communists also held advanced degrees, and to this day one can find advocates of “Jewish conspiracy” theories in American academia.

But Islam takes antisemitism to whole new levels of respectability, hardwired as it is throughout the religion, including the Qur’an, itself. Dr. Hawass is just repeating what “everyone knows,” including from non-Islamic hate-tracts such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which was even displayed in an Egyptian museum alongside a Torah as a genuine work. What makes this even more disgusting, however, is that his position as an internationally respected scholar lends credence to these poisonous beliefs within the Islamic world.

In the clip, Dr. Hawass and his interviewer wonder how it is the Muslim world can exert less influence than a small Jewish nation. I suggest to the gentlemen that they begin their investigations with their own sick beliefs.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Proof that a smart man can also be an idiot”


  1. Severian says:

    Something I’ve wondered for a while now, watching him on various Egyptology shows, is just how sharp and educated he really is as opposed to whether he’s just an Egyptian talking head/egotist who got his position based on who he knows or such. Such types rising to the top is common in Middle Eastern cultures/governments. I honestly don’t know if he is as sharp as he’s made out to be or if he really is a knowledgeable expert. :-? Anyway, this shouldn’t surprise anyone, this attitude and amazingly anti-semitic, nutcase conspiracy beliefs are extremely common over in the Arab and Muslim world. I mean, something’s got to explain why their cultures are mired in poverty and ignorance, so it has to be the Jooooos!

  2. Lorica says:

    If we just got rid of all the Jews in the world… Well Islam would still me mired in poverty and fascism. Egypt is only doing so well due to the billions we have paid them over the years. Otherwise they would still be a 3rd world country with a 1st world history.

    It really is expected, and no real surpise. I hate to be repeatative, but it these attitudes continue to confirm the Word of God. – Lorica