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Starbucks: A Jewish Conspiracy!

The invaluable MEMRI has posted a video from Egyptian satellite television in which a cleric insists that Muslims boycott Starbucks coffee.  Sadly, the cleric’s outrage has nothing to do with Starbucks’ preposterous prices, nor is he trying to protect domestic mom-and-pop coffee shops. Rather, the cleric is claiming that the woman on Starbucks’s logo is Queen Esther, and that the prevalence of the ancient Persian-Jewish queen’s image within the Muslim world is an insult to Islam.

You can’t blame the cleric for not knowing that the Starbucks woman is actually a mermaid. But you can blame him for being an idiot — and apparently he’s not alone.  According to a friend of mine spending the year in Syria, another common belief holds that Kentucky Fried Chicken is also a front for a vast Jewish conspiracy.  You see, Colonel Sanders is supposedly a legendary soldier in the IDF, while Kentucky contains a disproportionately large Jewish population!  Who knew?

Ultimately, I find it hard to decide whether these conspiracy theories are sad, dangerous, or hysterically funny.  Either way, anyone considering opening a Long John Silver’s restaurant in Cairo might want to think twice.  Indeed, with a last name like Silver, detection is inevitable!



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