Tinfoil hat time.
Everyone is wondering why it took five months for the Islamic world to get upset about the Danish cartoons. “Why now?” they ask. Everyone is wondering why western media outlets, some big, some small, keep reprinting these things. Everyone is also wondering why, when the U.S. is finally not at the center of an international policy nightmare, Condoleezza Rice has decided to insert the U.S. into the center of the firestorm by blaming Iran and Syria for the ongoing violence. Several conservatives have also pointed out that the Danish flags being burned by the protesters must have come from “somewhere,” and they suggest that this somewhere is a government. They mean Iran and Syria, but…
Maybe, just maybe, we have another conspiracy theory candidate on our hands. After all, the U.S. is looking for a pretense for attacking and occupying Iran and Syria, especially in recent weeks. Well, if Rice & the rest of the neocons spend a few weeks putting the “Iran and Syria supports the riots” sound byte out there… and the cartoons just happen to keep getting reprinted, and the riots just happen to continue, and just happen turn into general uprisings that spill over national and international borders and infrastructure, maybe even taking down planes or ending up in repeated bombings… then the Bush administration will have found its reason to invade and occupy.
Think about it. Given what we all know about the Bush administration, Afghanistan, Iraq, 9/11, and even in some ways Katrina, just think about it. Would anyone be surprised if planes were downed, bombs blew up, and the “Iran and Syria-supported” violence spread and turned into a regional movement that led U.S. to invade these countries? And would anyone really be surprised if twenty years from now, we find out that the planes were hijacked by CIA agents, the bombs were set by the Pentagon’s special forces, the riots were sustained by State Department operatives, and the rebuilding of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and whoever else we decide to invade ultimately results in wildly orgasmic amounts of money for federal contractors and ownership of half the land in the Middle East (including umpteenzen oil fields) by a few familiar rich white Old Boys?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… Think about it. And if I’m not back in twenty minutes, don’t call the police, because then you’ll be missing, too.