July 08, 2005

And so it begins . . .

Well, that didn't take long. Only one day after a group of Islamist barbarians bombed four locations in London, the woo-woo crowd has already started formulating conspiracy theories. After all, it's an undeniable rule of life that there is no such thing as coincidence or accident, Western governments are infallible and omnipotent, nothing can possibly take them by surprise.

Here are a couple of the ideas I've heard tossed around on the radio so far today. Have a few grains of salt on hand:

  • Tony Blair did it. The Labour government masterminded the bombings to manufacture a crisis that will legitimize the implementation of national ID cards, currently considered a very unpopular idea.
  • The Joooooos did it. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in London, was warned not to leave his hotel early yesterday morning. (Remember the rumours that circulated after 9/11 about all the Jews who were supposedly warned not to go into work at the World Trade Center that day?)
  • Rudy Giuliani was there. In fact, Giuliani was about a block away from Liverpool Station when it blew up. No one has yet proposed a good reason why this should be suspicious. But there's no such thing as coincidence, remember?