Sunday, January 16, 2005

Tsunami Conspiracy Theories

There are some crazy conspiracy theories going around in the Arab world about the cause of the tsunamis, as you might expect. One of the most popular Arab news services, Al-Jazeera, is reporting seriously on the following:

The U.S. government knew of the disaster ahead of time and failed to warn Asians in affected countries, as evidenced by the American Navy base situated on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia that was alerted and escaped unscathed from the effects of the tsunamis;

Indian and U.S. military testing of weapons using electromagnetic waves triggered the earthquake;

Aliens caused the disaster as a way to correct the planet's "wobbly" rotation;

The Australian and Thai governments deliberately failed to respond to warning of the impending earthquake.

Read the article here. Thanks to Out of Water for the link.


Blogger sygamel said...

I've always been quicker to defend Al-Jazeera than most Americans as they are the equivalent of a renegade even within the Arab world. But this kind of sh*t is ridiculous--continuously fomenting animosity.

8:07 AM, January 16, 2005  
Blogger Gindy said...

It would be hilarious if it wasn't so pitiful.

12:49 PM, January 16, 2005  
Blogger The Casual Observer said...

Don't forget this one! Its a _classic_

A classic what i'll not say... that sorta language is unbecoming.

11:13 PM, January 16, 2005  
Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Gee, what does Al-Jazeera and the BBC have in common? Anyone?

11:28 AM, January 18, 2005  

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