I started writing some quick thoughts about the bigger conspiracy theories in response to Cynical Dog’s blog. It started to get interesting, so I thought I’d repost it here with a few additions.
Pearl Harbor: The attack was a surprise, but something should have been expected. We were claiming we were isolationists, but all the while we were manufacturing ships and weapons for our european allies. It was only a matter of time until one of the Axis countries called our bluff.
Roswell: The government is obviously hiding something. That said, there’s no reason to assume the something is an alien spaceship. More likely it was something of ours that is classified and/or directly in violation of international treaties or something of the Soviets that could be diplomatically uncomfortable.
JFK: A lot of people probably wanted him dead. That’s the downside to being President. Lee Harvey Oswald was a former Marine and trained to handle a bolt action rifle. He was perfectly able to do all the necessary shooting on his own. Was someone directing his actions? Probably not. With all the scrutiny (official and private) given to the assassination over the last 40-some years, no credible evidence has turned up. None.
The Moon Landings were hoaxes: Examine these two pictures
The first is from 2001 A Space Odyssey filmed in 1968. The second is from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Note the lack of stars in the Apollo 11 picture. Conspiracy theorists claim this proves the photo is a fake. Actually, they don’t appear because the moon’s surface is so bright. The stars are so faint in comparison the film can’t pick them up. This photograpic effect actually lends credibility to the NASA photo. If the photo had been faked, why wouldn’t it look like the 2001 photo? Without an authentic picture to compare it to, who would have expected the stars to be invisible?
Princess Di(e): Participating in a high speed car chase is a good way to get yourself killed, even if the driver is sober. If you had a few martinis before getting behind the wheel…
George W. Bush stole the 2000 Presidential Election: Umm… Al Gore did win the popular vote. But in order to win the presidential election you have to get more electoral votes under the current laws. Even after all the recounts, including the selective and creative ones, Gore never did carry Florida. Gore refused to accept the results. Finally the liberal leaning US Supreme Court stepped in and called the election for Bush. The Supreme Court really had no other option. Should we get rid of the Electoral College? Probably. It made sense in 1800 because there were no TV’s, radios, internet, or airplanes. Now that the candidates are in our living rooms every night and can fly all around the country in a matter of hours, a popular vote makes more sense. But the law still has to be changed before the election.
9/11: Some pissed off Muslims highjacked some planes and smashed them into buildings. The buildings collapsed. Most of us watched it happen live on TV. End of story. The prep work required for a controlled implosion of the twin towers would have taken days or weeks. All the drilling and wiring necessary would have been obvious to anyone working in the building. The only way it could have been accomplished secretly overnight on 9/10 involves several hundred molemen burrowing in through the basement and working non-stop. And we all know that the Moleman Demolishers Union would never allow all those workers to go without their 15 minute breaks.