Whoa, that’s a whole lot of conspiracy idiocy rolled into one meme!
For those of you who aren’t up on your conspiracy lingo, a “false flag” is a horrific event allegedly staged by a government but made to appear as if it is executed by somebody else, usually an enemy of that same government. If you find yourself involved in a conversation with a conspiracy theorist, you might hear him claim that 9/11 or the Sandy Hook massacre were false flags. Hardcore conspiracy theorists can assert that any disaster, even hurricanes and earthquakes, are false flags staged by nefarious government organizations. To the truly committed anti-government conspiracy theorist, there is no event so disastrous, no loss of life so horrendous, that he cannot trivialize it by attempting to distract the mourning public with his cry-for-attention batshit theories.
Have I given the impression that I don’t much care for conspiracy theorists?
Oh, let’s be clear. I’m not saying that false flag operations never happen. Governments are made of people, and people are notoriously crappy to each other. The American government has certainly been involved in more than its fair share of shady doings. For example, according to declassified documents, the United States considered launching an elaborate false flag operation in the 1960s to justify a military attack on Cuba. The plan would have involved:
- faking an attack on the United States naval base at Guantanamo,
- sinking an American military ship in Cuban waters, and
- blowing up unmanned military and civilian aircraft in or near Cuban airspace, then blaming the destruction of the planes on Cuban MiG fighter jets.
The desired outcome of these false flag operations was to foment anti-Cuban sentiment among the American public, thereby cementing our desire to wage war against the island nation. Pretty shady, right?
So far be it from me to say that false flags are always loony conspiracy theories. But at the same time, I try to embrace a position of healthy skepticism whenever somebody cries false flag. And that’s the problem (well, one of the problems) with career conspiracy theorists. Their dedication to labeling every tragedy as a false flag not only detracts from their credibility, but it also lessens their audience’s ability to critically evaluate the evidence surrounding a tragedy and make informed opinions. It becomes an instinct among the conspiracy-minded…a reflex, if you will.
And what about this meme, this steaming pile of bovine excrement? To me, if the author really has advance knowledge of an impending false flag attack, then he has a responsibility to divulge the location and time of said attack, so that his readers might protect themselves. The author’s inability or unwillingness to provide those critical details indicates that either:
- The author has no such knowledge, and this meme is merely a pre-emptive tactic to claim that the next national tragedy is a false flag and say “I told you so”, or
- The author is more interested in sowing fear and paranoia than in saving American lives, in which case, to hell with him.