Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Conspiracy theorists

These days I keep seeing parallels between the right-wing/Republicans and Pakistanis.  Pakistanis love conspiracy theories.  All the Musulmans who blow up fellow-Musalmans in their country are really CIA-Mossad-RAW.  Just as no "true" Muslim could ever commit such crimes, likewise the gun-lovers in the US think that "true" gun-lovers could never do something like the Newtown, CT. school massacre.  Therefore, the Newtown shooting must have been staged, by a government or other party that is seeking a pretext to separate Americans from their guns.  Therefore, anyone whose existence contradicts this conspiracy theory is to be attacked.

Hence the story of Gene Rosen.  He found six children in his driveway, who told him, they had fled from school, their teacher was dead.  
Rosen took the four girls and two boys—students of slain teacher Victoria Soto—into his home, gave them toys and comforted them while he tried to reach their parents. He spent the days following the massacre telling his story to the swarming media that invaded the small Connecticut town in the wake of the shootings. “I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children,” Rosen told Salon. “I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”
Now Rosen is receiving piles of nasty calls and emails, accusing him of lying or of being paid for acting.