April 24, 2013 Leave a comment
Conspiracy theories and extremism go hand in hand because the theories are generally invented to advance a political objective. Muslims have been whipped into a rage countless times by firebrand clerics lying about some supposed offense or threat to Islam. It shouldn’t come as a great surprise that Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s brother in law recently reported that Tamerlan was enamored of conspiracy theories.
Frontpage.com reports that: Boston Bombers Were Angry Because People Thought Islam was a Violent Religion
“He was looking for connections between the wars in the Middle East and oppression of Muslim population around the globe”
There’s a big difference between, suspicion and curiosity, and unquestioning belief in unsubstantiated theories that defy mountains of facts to the contrary. After you have taken the time to debunk a particular conspiracy theory, take a few minutes to consider who would benefit from inventing such a theory and you will be on track to discover the real conspiracy.
Here are a few of the more popular and resoundingly disproved conspiracy theories (every one of these is absolute total bunk).
Israel intentionally attacked the USS Liberty in 1967.
The Jews control the mainstream media.
The US or Israeli governments either allowed or orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.
Muslims only attack us because of our foreign policy.
The US never landed on the moon.
Someone is spraying chemicals (chemtrails) into the clouds.
The Illuminati (Jewish Bankers) cause all of the wars in the world just to profit from loans.
There are or were aliens living here.
There is something evil in the Bermuda triangle.
The government has aliens or alien spacecraft in Roswell NM.
AIDS is a government created virus intended to.
Hitler was a Christian.
Mohamed and Islam were and are peaceful.
The holocaust is a hoax.
The country of Israel has no claim to the land it sits on.
Guns not people cause violence.
Muslims fought against Hitler in WWII.
You don’t have to pay taxes because the 16th amendment was never ratified.
The US government is actually federal corporation.
The US government is operating under admiralty law.
The US government is at war with Islam.
Islam isn’t at war with the rest of the world.
Unborn babies aren’t human.
The US government will never go bankrupt.
The government can do whatever it collectively decides to do.
The Tea Party is a bunch of simple minded racists.
The polar icecaps are going to melt in the next 2 years and the entire world will be underwater.
The KKK was not part of the Democrat party.
It’s exactly these types of inflammatory conspiracy theories (thoroughly debunked countless times) that cause people to take irrational actions. Consider the irrational action likely to be provoked and who would want such a thing to happen and you will be well on your way to discovering the real conspiracy behind conspiracy theories.
Failing to challenge conspiracy theorists is exactly the kind of failure that allowed two Muslim men from Boston to believe they needed to attack their unsuspecting and infinitely more sane neighbors.