These are the Arab media conspiracy theories about ISIL

Not everyone in the Arab media thinks the Islamic State (ISIL) is part of a larger Western-backed conspiracy, but the view is depressingly widespread—even by those who in the same breadth demand retaliation against these apparently fabricated terrorists and their atrocities.

In many ISIL-related conspiracy theories, two reasonable points—that ISIL is in some sense a creation of regional and international powers, its rise a consequence of their terrible policies; and that what they do is “un-Islamic,” or horrifying to most Muslims—have been quickly pushed into the territory of non-thinking absurdity.

A few examples…