“It would be nice to live in a world where there’s no such thing as random tragedy and where every terrible event could be linked back to a villainous puppet master via a chain of subtle but obvious clues. We don’t, though. Luckily, there is a fiercely insane contingent of people who are convinced that everything is a conspiracy, and reading their hilariously daffy theories about the exhausting web of deceit hiding behind recent events can occasionally make our indiscriminately destructive existence more bearable.”
When asked about the veracity of a conspiracy, believers will often point to historic precedents — examples of similar events/plots from the annals of history — as proof that the events they’re proposing are within the realms of possibility.
Take 9/11, for example. As a way of demonstrating their theory — that the government carried out the attacks as justification for war — truthers will refer to Operation Northwoods, a 1962 proposal by the Department of Defense to commit terrorist attacks against citizens with the intention of blaming Cuba and providing a pretext for war. However, note the word ‘plan’; the scheme was personally rejected by John F Kennedy for being totally insane. (more…)