Few people dumb down our discourse worse than conspiracy theorists. For these constant internet trolls, there has never been a terrorist attack, a school or movie theater shooting or even a legitimate election. Ever. In their paranoid minds, every tragedy or human action is always a government-orchestrated plot to further the mind-controlling agenda of our global overlords, or something…
These types of conspiracy theorists are annoying, but that’s about it. Most of the damage they do is to themselves, their careers, reputations and their characteristic inability to have normal conservations with normal people.
But there have been conspiracy theorists of a different sort who’ve done real damage.
In 2003, a majority of Americans supported the United States invasion of Iraq, due in large part to a widely held belief that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. Why would they believe this?
Because our government led them to believe it.
Jack Hunter takes down the Bush league conspiracy theory that claimed Saddam Hussein was behind Al Qaeda’s 9/11 attack @
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