March 29, 2010

The Big Lie

As I was just about to leave for work this morning, my wife pointed to the computer screen to show me the headline to a breaking news story: Suspected Suicide Bombers Hit Moscow Metro Stations.

Here we go again. I left for work, and haven't even read the news in the meantime. I know what to expect. Don't you? Oh come now! It's so predictable. All information will be controlled by the authorities, since they will seal off the stations and commit all officials to secrecy. The news media will parrot and paraphrase and rehash and over analyze the paltry tidbits of disinformation the Russian government spoon feeds them.

Public opinion will be manipulated by emotional interviews with eyewitnesses and friends and relatives of the victims.

The "investigation" will conclude that it was done by Chechen "terrorists". Or, if there is another Russian republic in need of suppressing, it will be Islamic terrorists from that republic, and the whole thing will justify the Russian government: 1. weeding out whatever democracy and freedom had managed to sprout in Russian society 2. sending troops to kick some provincial butts, and 3. increasing the military budget and military influence. Same old story.

Coincidence that this happens days after the US and Russia announce a new arms treaty? That gives the White House cover for not shouting too loud about whatever the Russian government does in response. Wouldn't want to spoil the treaty before it's signed, would we?

I used to scoff at the conspiracy theories concerning 911. Especially because some of the things people said were so absurd. One of the favorites among Hungarian anti-Semites was that no Jews showed up to work in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th, because they had been warned by Israeli contacts. Sure.

But then came the bombing of the London Metro. When I read that on the very morning of the bombing a consulting firm was conducting terrorist scenario exercises in the Metro, rehearsing incidents alarmingly similar to the ones that actually occurred, my suspicions were raised. And the more I read and learn, the suspicions just won't go away.

Don't believe what the news media tell you! Take it all with a huge grain of salt! Also consider that the majority of conspiracy theories are a bunch of bullshit. That doesn't mean that some of them aren't true.

I don't think 7 World Trade Center fell without a little well-planned help.

What does one do with these suspicions? How does one act in this context? That's a puzzle this pansophist philosopher is still working on.

Don't believe me! Think for yourself!


Vero said...

"One of the favorites among Hungarian anti-Semites was that no Jews showed up to work in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th, because they had been warned by Israeli contacts."

Actually, it wasn't a Hungarian Anti-Semite idea (although it could have been).

Check the poem:
Amiri Baraka: Somebody blew up America /blew.html

"Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers
To stay home that day "

But it's not only source for this non-sense. ;)

The Scribbler said...

I never meant to suggest they invented that lie. But they repeated it often enough.

And look at the false equivalence in that so-called poem: I doubt there were actually 4,000 citizens of the state of Israel working at the World Trade Center. He means Jews. All Jews are not Israelis.

Vero said...

I just wanted to opint out that it wasn't only a popular idea among Hungarian whatevers (anti-Semites, Jobbik fans, conspiracy theory believers, etc.) but among many people from everywhere the world. Maybe I should'nt have said "invented" but: it wasn't only popular here in Hungary, but everywhere.

Of course he meant Jews.
He's a really strange person (poet ?) changing ideology like other people change socks. He even married a Jewish woman and had kids, so that makes him a father of two Jews. But whatever...

But I agree with all the rest, the older I am, the less I believe. It's sad too, I miss the times when I thought People were honest. Now it's: some people are honest. I hope it doesn't come to: a few people are honest and never comes to: everybody lies.
Let's hope so. :)

Rufus Opus said...

Vero, I aim for "I'm honest." Everyone else can do what they like and live with the consequences.

I thought all Jews were granted dual citizenship by the State of Israel, and that if you could prove you were a Jew by birth, you were legally an Israeli citizen, carte blanc? Is that just a myth?

And it was the Angel of the Lord who told them not to go to the WTC that day. Duh. Don't these people read Exodus?

Rufus Opus said...


After many years in the conspiracy movement, I realized that even if the people behind the scenes were really playing at ruling the world for some nefarious purpose, they were still only human and sooner or later the inherent stupidity of man would ruin their plots. People just always fuck up even the simplest of plans. Anything that complicated that required the intimate coordination and single-mindedness would eventually fail, regardless of the redundancy and levels of safeguards they tried to put in place.

And things just don't ever work out according to plan in real life.

Vero said...

No, it's not granted, Jews can have it IF they want to. ;)
But it's more complicated than that (what is a Jew?) eg, somebody parents are both Jews but he/she practises other religion...
But one can get it by marrying a Jew, and then applying for c-ship. AND many (ok, some) Arabs are Isreali citizens as well.
So Israeli, not equal Jewish.

"The Law of Return defines that all Jews possessing an Oleh's certificate shall become Israel nationals and allowed to immigrate to Israel. Such a certificate would almost automatically turn into Israeli citizenship upon arrival in Israel if so desired. In the 1970s the Law of Return was further expanded, and it was defined that the spouse of a Jew, the children of a Jew and their spouses, and the grandchildren of a Jew and their spouses would also be covered under the Law of Return and thus be eligible for an Oleh's certificate provided that the Jew on behalf of whom they request the certificate did not practice a religion other than Judaism willingly (he or she may, however, be a non-observant Jew). In 1999, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that Jews or the descendants of Jews that actively practice a religion other than Judaism would not be allowed to immigrate to Israel as they would no longer be considered Jews under the provisions of the Law of Return."

Rufus Opus said...

Vero, what about the ex-spouse of a non-practicing Jew? Could he be an Israeli?

vero said...

I have no idea :DDD