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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Postcard from London: Conspiracy Theories and Tony Blair


After the initial dozen emails from acquaintances and family who wanted tomake sure that I was still alive, I got a string of notes from friends whowanted to know if I thought the bombs were real or just a government hoax.

I doubt that there¹s a need to look for the same governmental conspiraciesin Britain. Londoners my age and older still vividly remember the IRA bombings, so much worse, so much closer to home, lasting so much longer.

I don¹t doubt that it¹s interesting to speculate about when a terror strike might be useful a government and when not. But so long as we¹reentertaining conspiracy theories, we need to ask, when is a terror strike useful to business and when not? American corporations may well profit from installing port security projects across the world and paving the roads of Iraq. London consultancies and financiers (more profitable than theirversions in New York) don¹t want to leave London with the rest of the elite in a panic.

Michael Moore¹s thesis (the most colorful and widespread of conspiracy theories) was that Bush steered the war on terror in order to distract the American people from political trouble at home by taking away civil liberties, with the added benefit of enriching corporations to which the Bushes had a personal tie. From the beginningit¹s been easy here to imagine Blair acting alongside Bush to insure his personal political success -- which works only for lack of a political rivalstrong enough to take away power.

Blair *is* the top Labour politician, and Labour is ascendant here -- its views towards the European Union and busines=being clearer and more pertinent to contemporary feeling than the Tories. So who knows, maybe I¹m just surrounded by Blair-haters, but I think Britain¹s involvement in our war has been a sad, old-fashionedbalance-of-power game, and understood as such, rather than anything asdriven by propaganda and faux-idealism as ours.

Link: "Blair Is Unfit to Be Prime Minister" By John Pilger, The New Statesman, UK, 25 July 2005. The British people, who do not take the bombings seriously, do take Iraq quite seriously.

2 Comments:

Blogger owlindaylight said...

Conspiracy theory gets its bad reputation from those who would superimpose their preconceived worldview onto a set of questionable or mysterious circumstances.

I have no theory at this point, just questions.

Like, the ones raised by this story:

http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi%2Dbin/conspiracy%5Ftheory/fullstory.asp?id=247

Why is it that multiple simultaneous terror attacks have a habit of coinciding with multiple simultaneous security drills, as with the (little-known, but officially acknowledged) simulated-hijacking wargames on 9-11?

This latest one is so bizarre, I can scarcely believe what I read. Al-Jazeera, of course, is no impartial source, either ... but supposedly these statements were made over BBC radio.

Also, the latest bombings occurred the same day our government was debating extending the Patriot Act. (As you may recall, while its enactment was first being debated, anthrax letters were being delivered to certain of its main detractors.)

Curiouser and curiouser.

Motives, means, opportunity -- there is too little information to speculate on those. But the sad fact about false-flag terror attacks by governments against their own citizens is, they happen.

(The P2 conspiracy in Italy, Operation Northwoods by the USA are two I know of.)

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