Oh no, not another one!
It does seem to be the season for it though, doesn’t it? Ten years after the attack on the world trade centre and all the old theories have come back out of the woodwork, if they ever really went in, for a fresh airing.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you that the twin towers were brought down by a controlled demolition, a missile hit the Pentagon or the whole kit and caboodle was a false flag operation to gain a good excuse for invading sovereign foreign nations. You’ve heard all that before, I just want to talk about the phenomenon of the conspiracy in general.
Why do they happen? What kind of people start them off and what kind of people believe in them whole heartedly?
It’s always the extremely high profile events, and with the exception of the moon landings, those that shock people and take them out of their comfort zone.
No one starts a conspiracy theory about a minor news event. It’s always the big hitters. I’m of the opinion that some people cannot fathom that a huge event that forces them to question their personal safety of their world view can just happen without unseen forces at work behind the scenes.
Can a lone gunman with a rifle kill the president of the United States, just like that?
Can a ragtag bunch of terrorists take out three thousand human lives in an instant, just like that?
Is it possible that a much loved and respected British princess can be killed in a car crash because her driver had had one scoop too many?
Can these things be so simple? Of course not, because that would make us vulnerable. That would cause us to question our core beliefs, something that it is almost impossible to make most people do.
Have you ever tried to convince a religious person that God does not exist? Don’t bother. Don’t even get involved in the conversation. Core beliefs are sacrosanct to most people. Changing them is just as likely as being struck by lightening on your way to collect on your winning lottery ticket.
The internet also plays it’s part. It was months before the conspiracy theories about the assassination of JFK began to be aired. When the twin towers were attacked, the theories were on the internet the same day.
I’m somewhat of a conspiracy theory buff myself. I don’t believe them, I just like to analyse them. The Quiet Man asked a question the other day about the moon landing conspiracy. Apparently a NASA ship had taken photographs of the moons surface showing all the crap left behind from the Apollo missions, putting that particular conspiracy to bed once and for all.
I listened to it back in 1969 with most of the rest of the world and was thrilled by it as much as I expect any American was too. Why some people had to try and spoil it I don’t know
Well I have a theory. The moon landings were the crowning scientific achievement of all time. They made three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the other one, famous the world over. It wasn’t just about the astronauts though. There were three quarters of a million people involved in the Apollo program, from the astronauts right down to the various contractors who made the bits of technology.
That’s a lot of people who can say they were involved in the moon landings. Even if all you did was clean the bathroom that Neil Armstrong used before he left, you can say you were involved and you have a talking point at parties that will have everyone stood listening to you with rapt attention.
Of course the people involved were at the top of their particular field. For an achievement like this, the US government would have only used the best.
What if you were not quite the best? If you were a scientist who wanted to be involved in the project for the fame, but didn’t quite make the grade, there’s no other possible way you could achieve that kind of stardom on any other project ever.
Unless. If you were the chap who proved that the moon landings never happened, if you could prove the whole thing was faked by the government, that gets you your fame.
Being the one that spotted and exposed the deception would get your picture on the cover of Time Magazine, wouldn’t it?
Trouble is, the moon landings were not faked and all those attention seekers just ended up joining the ranks of all the other conspiracy theorists throughout history.
Be it a quest to re-affirm your own illusions about life or to seek unearned fame, there will always be people with a vested interest in creating and believing the conspiracy.
And as Longrider points out, whenever a disaster happens, there will always be unanswered questions. It’s these questions that are used to create the theory. It’s an attempt to fill in blanks with conjecture.
There will always be unanswered questions that can’t be answered. That’s normal.
9/11, the topic of the day is the example he uses. The theory goes that the twin towers and building seven were brought down by controlled demolitions. If you watch the video footage, that’s exactly what it looks like.
Longrider thinks that theory has been thoroughly debunked. It hasn’t.
The pancake theory says that the trusses holding up each floor, having inadequate fireproofing to deal with the temperatures involved, melted causing one floor to collapse straight down onto the next, then the next and so on.
That theory has also been debunked by those that believe in the controlled demolition story.
That’s the problem with unanswered questions. When one group makes up a story to fill in the blanks, another group come up with another story that fits their reasoning. At the end of the day it all comes back down to your core beliefs.
We are told that it wasn’t a plane that hit the Pentagon but a cruise missile, because a plane would never have fit through the small hole in the building.
Are we supposed to believe that the US government killed all the passengers, somehow disposed of the plane and replaced it with a missile, rather than just using the plane itself? Come on.
But what do TPTB tell us? The wings and tail of the plane folded inwards and followed the body of the jet through the hole. Yeah, and if my Grandmother had balls…
The pictures on The Quiet Mans blog, of the junk left behind from the Apollo missions should do away with the moon landing conspiracy once and for all, but those with a vested interest in believing the landings were faked, will also be able to ‘prove’ that these pictures were faked. We can’t know. Any more than we can’t know the moon isn’t made of cheese because we never went there.
For reasons that baffle, the US government will not release the video footage of the plane that hit the Pentagon. You would think they would in order to shut the theorists up, but it wouldn’t work anyway.
Reading all this chatter about conspiracies on a blog site about Liberty, one might well ask where this fits in.
Well the ultimate loss of liberty is having your life taken away. If it’s at all possible that a government would do such a thing then it needs to be talked about.
The invasions of Afganistan and Iraq, coupled with the terrible loss of liberty we have suffered since 9/11 could well be reason enough for a government to kill three thousand of it’s citizens, if they thought they could get away with it. It has provided an excuse for western governments to take more control of it’s people than any ‘democratic’ government in history, while still maintaining the illusion of freedom.
The space race between America and the USSR was a large part of the cold war. The first to reach the moon would ultimately be the winners of the cold war. Would a government fake the biggest scientific achievement of mankind to win a war?
If the answers to these questions are yes then we are in trouble. If no, we can carry on with the knowledge that things are bad but at least they aren’t that bad.
I know what I believe…
(When I went to publish this on Orphans, I realised I had lost my password. Dark forces must be at work…)