The Sunday Express is not a newspaper I'd ever choose to read. But today's edition caught my eye when I popped into Tesco's for some teabags this morning. It has a real gee-whizz of a conspiracy story about Princess Diana. Princess Diana, it says, was murdered by the secret services of Britain and France because she was planning to commit herself to open support of the Palestinian cause. Unfortunately, there isn't an online version of the story.
This theory is put forward by one Nicholas Davies, supposedly a close friend of Princess Diana. I can't say I've ever heard of him. Ah, but he is about to bring out a book. In fact, he already wrote a conspiracy-behind-Diana's death book in 2003. And his evidence? Supposedly a conversation with a senior officer of MI5. Well, that proves everything, doesn't it?
Let's think about this story.
It asks us to believe that the France of Jacques Chirac, well known supporter of Yasser Arafat was so worried about Princess Diana coming out in favour of the Palestinians that they agreed to her murder. Just two weeks ago, we had the first episode of Elusive Dreams showing clearly how Chirac's intervention wrecked the negotiations between Barak and Arafat so as to support Arafat.
Then of course there's the British government, with Tony Blair at its head ordering Princess Diana to be murdered when the British government itself holds meetings with Yasser Arafat and supports the pumping of money into the Palestinian Authority. Or perhaps Prince Phillip found a way to override him?
Let's imagine that it really was Princess Diana's intention to come out in support of the Palestinian cause. She had already announced her virtual withdrawal from public life, so what impact would it have had? Would the sort of people who were Diana fans have gone and signed up for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign? Is it possible to imagine her espousal of this cause making any significant difference to the existing politics of support for the Palestinians already underpinned by the BBC, the Guardian and the Independent?
Perhaps, like Sue Blackwell, she would have started draping herself with shawls with the Al Aqsa Mosque printed on them. Or perhaps one of her favourite designers could have incorporated something appropriate into one of her designer outfits?
That this unevidenced speculative farrago should appear on the front page of a supposedly reputable non-redtop national newspaper is amazing.
A web search reveals the obvious implications of Princess Diana's murder supposedly being a response to her support of the Palestinians. Of course! She must have been murdered by Mossad! You don't need evidence, it's just obvious, isn't it?
There's an obviously grossly anti-semitic conspiracy web site called the National Journal. I won't give a URL for it. If you want to read the stuff, use a search engine. But sure enough, it cites Nicholas Davies' book and links it to a page of unevidenced assertion that Mossad must have done it. It gets positively feverish about its dreams of what Princess Diana could have done for the cause of Palestinian liberation:
But what would be a motive for the MOSSAD to murder Princess Diana? Well, Israel would have been in trouble if Diana had married Dodi Fayed. Think about it. What if Diana would have visited Palestine as a mother to a half Arabic child and as a wife to an Arab man. Imagine the masses cheering Diana, embracing her as one of their's. What if the Princess had then hugged a palestinian child in front of hundreds of TV-cameras? Perhaps a child whose parents were murdered by Israeli killing squads! A child whose father might have been shaken to death as a method of Israeli interrogation procedures - shaken until his artery was bursting open. A child whose pregnant mother was beaten to death because a family member of her's was an alleged "terrorist" against Israel. The truth about the Israeli terror regime would have been revealed to the world - thanks to Diana.
Last but not least, the powerful Israel lobby surrounding the British Royals could not tolerate an Arabic influence inside the British Establishment
So interesting to know the "powerful Israel lobby" surrounds the British Royals. That must come as quite a surprise to Prince Charles, famous for dressing up in silly hats and Islamic dress on his visits to Saudi Arabia and similarly zionist-controlled countries.