I noticed a humorous headline in our local newspaper (something still thriving in Germany, like bakeries, breweries, and farmers’ markets...and taxes):
“Anti-spying Agreement with the United States Planned”
This made me wonder if similar discussions are taking place with the Chinese, Russians, and other major industrial nations. Of course, national elections are coming up in September and surveillance is an issue with voters, so the ruling party surely wants people to believe that they are able to effect American behavior. And, we all know how stupid the average voter in any country is....
Another example of All good deeds will be punished (although many would consider the deed stupid): the US Government paid this jerk millions (billions) over the years, only to deserve this, as reported by Salon (and many others)
Karzai suspends peace talks with Taliban
The Afghan president said dialogue will resume when the US exits negotiations
Conspiracy theorists, perhaps, recall that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld vetoed talks with the Taliban over a decade ago, leading to the current quagmire. Could he be advising the current Afghan “leader”?
I admit that I do not spend time studying or thinking about conspiracy theories or conspiracy theorists (other than to consider all to be a bit unhinged).
But, each time I notice a headline or hear a commentary, I cannot help but to notice that these people have little or no grasp of history. All references to Stalin, Mao, and Hitler (see below) are based upon historical facts, rather seem to be imagined or plucked from films. Perhaps, people writing screenplays also work on conspiracies...or vice versa. The problem is that too many uneducated or ignorant people are too easily persuaded.
The article below from Salon is simply one example to prove my point:
What is wrong with people?
First of all, who wants to see gruesome photos of a dead man, especially one that has been shot in the head? The guy was unattractive enough when he was alive.
Second, why not believe the government...just this one time? There is no upside to lying about this death. I know that my skepticism of government/politicians' truthfulness is well-known, but I feel safe in taking them at their word on this subject. They may make dumb decisions and do stupid things, but this is not an instance. Imagine how easy it would be for the dead guy to prove his non-demise on video and make the US government/Obama a laughingstock.
There will always be conspiracy theories, with or without the photos. Some will never believe the government, especially those that know Obama is Satan. And, there will always be those that use the gullibility of stupid people for their own benefit (it seems that most seem to have some connection to the Republican party) and are able to make a name for themselves by coming up with increasingly idiotic statements.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.