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fun with rumors
2003-04-25 - 2:19 p.m.
"To ignore conspiracies is to compromise your search for the truth." --
Jackson Thoreau, co-author of We Will Not Get Over It: Restoring
a Legitimate White House.
I have wondered at times why people can believe that thousands of
people can work together for some great enterprise of a positive
nature, such as sending a man to the moon, yet they cannot believe
that even a handful of men can work together for their own personal
profit at the expense of others. The anti-conspiracy nuts have, at
best, an excessively naive view of human nature. That said, there
are rumors and conspiracy theories that make the rounds without much, if
any, seeming merit except that they're just plain evil fun.
Some current rumors drifting about...
"Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and
they make you king." -- Bob Dylan
Remember the big explosions and earth-moving sounds coming from
under Dick Cheney's house last autumn? Remember how the Cheneys refused
to explain any of this noise or activity to the neighborhood
association, much less the press? Whisper has it that some of
the billions of dollars worth of antiquities looted from Baghdad -- a
job now proven to have been committed by professionals who had
keys to the vaults -- have appeared in the Cheneys' underground
blast-proof art gallery. And I thought all he cared about was
Now that it has become embarrassing that Saddam didn't have
any weapons of mass destruction that anyone can find, then
people have begun to ask: Just what the heck
was this war all about? After all, if it was just to steal the oil,
we should have gone after Saudi Arabia, an extremist fundamentalist
regime which denies freedom to all and makes a point of oppressing women,
has documented ties to funding the 9-11 attacks -- and, most importantly,
has even more oil than Iraq.
The Russian and South Asia
press have their own theory about this matter. It is not a war
for oil, but a war to force nations to continue to prefer the
dollar to the euro. Naughty Iraq apparently
switched to accepting the euro in 1999.
Venezuela, the victim of a recent U.S. backed coup that failed in a
few days, hasn't gone that far, but is bartering oil instead of always
demanding the almighty dollar in payment, which is almost as outrageous.
In that case, the war is not over yet, as rumor has it that Indonesia
is threatening to switch to the euro unless the U.S. stops the
crusade against Islam. If the Muslim nations do switch to the euro, and foreign
investment largely moves from the U.S. markets to the European markets, then
the U.S. could sink into a depression from which it would not
recover in my lifetime. Or so say the rumors.
- When it comes to wild speculation, the American media doesn't
want to be left out of the fun.
ABCNews has its own idea of why we fought this war, the old
Twilight's Last Gleaming theory.
Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen this Burt Lancaster/
Richard Widmark flick...
...in which we learn that the war in Vietnam was fought, not
because we seriously believed all that domino nonsense, but to convince
the Soviet Union that our leaders were so fucking crazy that they
were capable of anything and should be humored and kowtowed to rather
than confronted and challenged.
Reporter John Cochran
phrases it a little more diplomatically:
"W A S H I N G T O N, April 25:
To build its case for war with Iraq, the Bush administration
argued that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but
some officials now privately acknowledge the White House had another reason
for war -- a global show of American power...
the Bush administration decided it must flex muscle to show it
would fight terrorism, not just here at home and not just in
Afghanistan against the Taliban, but in the Middle East, where it was thriving."
In other words, we couldn't get the real bad guys, but we had to get
somebody to prove that we would fight back, so we just decided
to attack another group of guys who happened to be Arabs (albeit
secular rather than extremist fundy Arabs) and this is somehow going
to encourage Arabs to stop being terrorists because now they know
the U.S. leaders are so fucking crazy they'll do anything.
The sad thing is, as silly as this particular conspiracy theory
sounds, it has a fairly decent chance of being if not the whole story, then
certainly part of the story.
But I, personally, would never discount the simple financial motive.
Former Halliburton CEO Dick
Cheney receives $1 million a year from Halliburton and in return they
have received the lucrative contract to clean up the mess we've made
in Iraq. Cheney is probably worth that pricey paycheck, considering
that he seems to have single-handedly kept Halliburton out of
bankruptcy court, thus preserving everyone's stock options. And
if he picked up a few gold-crusted art works along the way, well, let's
throw one artwork stealing Fox engineer to the dogs and pretend we've
done something about the looting, shall we?
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