Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Conspiracy Theory

Before I begin, I want to qualify two things.

1: I am not a politician. I’m a scientist.

2: The term Conspiracy Theory has really been given a bad name in the recent past. We now live in a world where, if a rumor or suspicion is labeled a “conspiracy theory” there is the implication / connotation that is not right. That it is simply a ludicrous story, too impossible to be true. With that in mind let me remind you of a ‘conspiracy theory’ from the not too distant past.

If I were to tell you of a conspiracy, by a political party, to eliminate several races of people from the existence, would you find it difficult to believe?

In WWII most people around the world did. Not the Jewish people as many of their family members had been killed by the Nazis. But the rest of the world simply couldn’t by into something so OUTRAGEOUS. NO WAY could a government EVER do anything like that. Now consider the word conspiracy. What is the definition of the word?

Conspiracy - a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act.

Now read this…

The Wannsee Conference
On January, 20, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich, Himmler's second in command of the SS, convened the Wannsee Conference in Berlin with 15 top Nazi bureaucrats to coordinate the Final Solution (Endlösung) in which the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe, an estimated 11 million persons.
"Europe would be combed of Jews from east to west," Heydrich stated.
The minutes of that meeting have been preserved but were edited by Heydrich substituting the coded language Nazis used when referring to lethal actions to be taken against Jews.
"Instead of emigration, there is now a further possible solution to which the Führer has already signified his consent - namely deportation to the east," Heydrich stated for example when referring to mass deportations of Jews to ghettos in occupied Poland and then on to the soon-opened death camps at Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka.
"...eliminated by natural causes," refers to death by a combination of hard labor and starvation.
"...treated accordingly," refers to execution by SS firing squads or death by gassing - also seen in other Nazi correspondence in a variety of connotations such as "special treatment" and "special actions" regarding the Jews.

1: A secret Meeting
2: 15 top government officials
3: extermination of the Jewish people.

Information about Nazi extermination of the Jewish people was out long before the war ended. Yet it was not until the American Soldiers saw concentration camps with their own eyes that they believed that “conspiracy theory.”

So… what is my point? Simply this: Conspiracy Theory can, in fact, be right.

Do not be so ready to dismiss them until the facts have been played out.

With this in mind. I have a few "conspiracy theories" I'd like to talk to you about.


Blogger X. Dell said...

Dead on. The Holocaust was a huge conspiracy, with far-reaching consequences, yet we simply say it's part of our history. The Bay of Pigs and Watergate were also conspiracies, stipulated so by their participants, yet many are trained not to think that these things can happen.

'Conspiracy theory' is one of those pejeorative terms that stifle legitimate questioning and dissent.

To paraphrase the late Gary Webb, I don't believe in conspiracy theories. I believe that conspiracies occur.

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2:36 PM  
Blogger Suki said...

The problem is that seeing conspiracy everywhere (and aliens too) is a symptom of paranoid schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

It gives people like us a bad name.

Of course, "They" want people who see conspiracies as mentally ill--it's a good cover-up.

2:40 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Psychosis is sometimes evidence that a conspiracy has taken place. Worse yet, even the strangest claim might not be evidence of schizophrenia or schizo effective disorder.

A woman once told me that the CIA was after her because she "knows too much." Did I believe it then? Absolutely not. My armchair psychoanalysis made a quick diagnosis of schizophrenia and depression, and I left it at that.

Do I believe it now?

Actually, I now have evidence that the CIA might have wanted her, but I still doubt it. What I no longer doubt is my friend's sanity, however.

There are reasons other than mental illness for some of the more tinfoil-hat explanations you read about in conspiracy theory. Sometimes, people are simply mistaken about an initial event or circumstance, at that first impression crystalizes due--not to psychosis-- to neurosis. Secondly, people sometimes lie and/or exaggerate for a whole host of reasons.

And, if you look through the Church Committee's Final Report and Supplements (for starters), you'll find out that some of the weirdest stuff, was actually true, verified, and documented.

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