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Fear-Fuelling Conspiracies

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. --Aristotle

(MANAMA, Bahrain) - I don't believe in conspiracy theories. However I do believe in conspiracies.

All that's necessary is to have two or more conspirators conspiring to do something--anything--together.

This includes every imaginable conspiracy, from a couple of kids conspiring to tease other kids, to thieves planning a robbery, to countries creating coalitions against other countries.

Usually conspiracies come out of situations where the facts are known to few and the conspirators remain hidden.

Presently there's a conspiracy among those creating propaganda for bombing Iran. These war hawk politicians in both the U S and Israel use misinterpreted intelligence and incredulous rationales to argue that Iran should be bombed because they are working toward developing nuclear power.

It's not enough that Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons. According to Israeli hawks, Iran must not be allowed to work in the direction of developing nuclear weapons.

That argument is currently too weak to garner enough support from the American public to go into another costly war, primarily because it doesn't create enough fear.

A conspirator who wanted to see that ingredient added would find a way to create fear in the American public.

Old tricks like those employed to create fear leading to the Iraq war won't work. No one will easily buy the argument that another Islamic country has WMDs.

Even if fear for Israel is strong enough to make an argument for them, the stock of Israeli nuclear weapons convinces anyone with half a brain that they can defend themselves.

On the other hand, something going on in America can provide enough fear by Americans to support another war.

One only needs to follow closely the fear inspiring attacks on Islam picking up steam in America.

Combine the building fear of Islam in the US with the propaganda about Iran as a potential nuclear power and the conspiracy is almost complete.


Throughout his life as an educator, Dr. Paul J. Balles, a retired American university professor and freelance writer, has lived and worked in the Middle East for 40 years - first as an English professor (Universities of Kuwait and Bahrain), and for the past ten years as a writer, editor and editorial consultant.

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