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Or maybe just "reasonable conjectures"?

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Feb 5, 2013 at 14:08

I wonder who among us frankly believes that his own government is playing a fair and transparent game without lying,without double talk, without making false promises and without pursuing a hidden agenda or without working against its own people ? Given the sad experiences of the past in this respect doubting official statements and explanations and suspicions are quite reasonable reactions of the public and don't deserve immediately the label of "conspiracy theories" at all. Until the archives are freely accessible and all the relevant documents are published and open to everybody's inspection there is absolutely no reason to believe the official statements and explanations which may or may not be true. Yet since there is no way to verify them they should not be believed as such.

Now if the above applies to what is said and done by more peaceful governments, the more suspicions must be raised in respect of governments in such a notoriously non-transparent and conspiratorial region as the Near East. Who knows who is sleeping exactly in whose bed with whom tonight there ? Who can tell us who will betray whom in the morning or even tonight ? We know that Israel slept with Turkey and Turkey slept with Syria, even though Syria didn't sleep with Israel, did she? Now Turkey trains and sends terrorists to Syria and Israel also shows its muscles in Syria so why not suppose that maybe the interrupted Israeli-Turkish honeymoon has been resumed on this occasion at the expense of Syria ? Or why not suppose that maybe Syria is sleeping now with Israel who has fallen out of its unfaithful sweetheart Turkey and with so many love's labors lost takes revenge on her ? I wouldn't call all of that "conspiracy theories" in this most conspiratorial region in the world but rather reasonable conjectures in a very irrational and deficient information environment. The impossibility to see the real sources and deliberate disinformation and double talk of all give people a chance to arrive only at conjectures which will be confirmed or refuted if and only only when the relevant sources are published , i.e. maybe in a decade or a few decades or maybe never. Until then all is "a conspirational theory", even the negation of a conspiracy theory could be described as a way to cover up a conspiracy.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Plot habit in Turkey [155 words]
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Jakub KJul 9, 2013 10:33208023
Putin as idea [81 words]Jakub KJul 11, 2013 14:59208023
3maybe; maybe not [244 words]john w mcginleyFeb 5, 2013 16:54203215
3Conspiracies exist but? [90 words]AlexandrosFeb 6, 2013 08:57203215
5Or maybe just "reasonable conjectures"? [392 words]IanusFeb 5, 2013 14:08203210
7Turkish/Ottoamn responsiblity for the Armenian Genocide [36 words]EdwardFeb 5, 2013 10:52203197
5Lack of credibility [69 words]IanusFeb 6, 2013 02:07203197
2education [160 words]havasDec 21, 2013 13:57203197
2Indeed [57 words]MFranklinFeb 5, 2013 10:30203196
2Who's Makin' Love To My Old Lady? [91 words]DaveFeb 5, 2013 10:28203195
6US responsibility [45 words]AlexandrosFeb 5, 2013 09:57203194
3It's a requirement [35 words]VladTepes2Feb 5, 2013 06:36203188
4They would not survive being honest for a minute. [299 words]IanusFeb 7, 2013 08:19203188
Nothing Changed [104 words]Gurkan GurkasFeb 5, 2013 04:48203187

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