Politically correct conspiracy theories
Posted by aogFriday, 09 January 2004 at 07:55 TrackBack Ping URL

Isn’t it just a bit odd that people who have no problem believing in a world wide Zionist conspiracy run by a cabal of neo-conservatives find the concept of just operational connections between Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations or rogue states implausible? This despite the fact that there’s far more evidence for the latter than the former?

I was reminded of this from recent editorials about the invasion of Iraq and whether it was helping in the fight against Al Qaeda. Well, probably not. But the idea that if we smashed just Al Qaeda, then we’d be safe, requires a belief in the lack of connections that’s quite astounding.

P.S. It might also be a bit of logo-realism in action. Since it was an organziation named “Al Qaeda” that attacked us, if we eliminate the organzation named “Al Qaeda”, then we won’t be attacked. The people, the infrastructure, the mindset - these don’t matter. Only the organization with that name. That’s what we should focus on. A classic example of mistaking the name for the thing.

P.P.S. Does anyone else remember complaints from the Left about the demonization of Saddam Hussein as the source of all evil in the world? Quite a legitimate complaint, which I shared at the time. Yet now we have the demonization of Osama Bin Laden, as if he were the source of all evil in the world. Sadly, as those of us who pay attention know, there’s no shortage of those who do evil.