Henry Kissinger & The Nature of Conspiracy Ryan Fairley (December 2, 2005)

People love to watch conspiracies on television and to watch movies about conspiracies; the silver screen and all of its children have long been the breeding ground for conspiracy theories both mundane and bizarre. Theories/stories like “who shot JFK’ have become legend and few except the very young could actually say they haven’t seen something on TV about the subject. Naturally humans are interested by a good mystery, but unfortunately most of the most famous conspiracies (some now mere urban legends) will never be solved. While most television producers and X-Files fans have little problem with this, there are many who seek to realistically shed some light on what could be a very real and very illegal criminal activity.

The word conspiracy comes from two Latin words which literally mean “to breath together”, which infers that two people who are about to partake on a conspiracy are doing a lot of close talking and whispering. Most legal systems define a conspiracy as simply two or more people deliberately and intelligently going out to commit a crime. While killing a president or head of state (i.e. JFK) is a crime, hiding aliens is not… but denying the public the truth (depending on the law of the nation in question) could therefore be thought of as a conspiracy. When it comes to things like this people usually expect the worst, but in the end aliens do not appear and we all go back to watching another channel.

Whenever I hear about a new conspiracy I think of the words of Henry Kissinger who said something along the lines of “don’t look for a conspiracy when simple incompetence will do”. Henry Kissinger is described by many as one of the most intelligent people on the planet and as far as I am concerned his “simple incompetence” quote is one of the smartest things he has ever said. Anyone who has crafted a good monster movie knows that a monster the audience CAN’T see is scarier that a monster that audience CAN see, and a good director will let his audience spend their time imagining all sorts of horrible things in their head and save his beastie-money-shot until later in the movie. Look closer and all you might find is nothing more than a disgruntled civil servant.

That being said, Henry Kissinger’s “simple incompetence” theory is more than mildly ironic considering that he did a lot of shifty things during his political career. For instance there is the secret bombing of Cambodia, the supposed assassination of Chilean Presedent Allende, and the slaughter in East Timour. Kissinger has a reputation for enjoying Cloke And Dagger politics and using his own brand of isdirection and shrewd calculation he became one of the most powerful men in the world. Since leaving office in
1976 he has been keeping a low profile. The 21st Century has seen Kissinger plauged with legal problems, with many countires around the world turning up the heat. Countries that have wanted to question or detain him include Chile, France, Brazil, and finally the USA. Kissinger’s public appearences
are often plauged with protesters, and people are starting to ask more questions about what their governments are capable of with such men running the country.

Of course Henry Kissinger did do many positive things, such as openeing up relations with China, negotiated the end to the Yom Kippur War, and Kissinger pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union. Despite this Kissinger admits himself that governments are duplicitous by nature and
that any thought to the contrary would be naïve; as one of the few people who came out of the Watergate scandal untouched, who knows how much “close talking” Kissinger had to do.

In the end when we talk of conspiracies one must separate fiction from fact. A person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and to randomly assign guilt or suspicion without proof is doing little more than spreading rumours. We all want to know if there are aliens, but in then end we might just have to wait for the truth to surface. It is important to know that you have the right to know what is going on is you feel that it might compromise your safety or liberty, but spreading panic isn’t very constructive.
Most conspiracies are solved after years of painstaking research. To illistare my point here is a good wikiquote: “Outside the realm of law, it is common for person(s) with some grievance to promote conspiracy theories—claims that some other group is involved in a conspiracy to promote some nefarious (and usually self-serving) end. Often times, the alleged conspirators are not identified with any specificity, and may include ethnic groups (e.g., Jews), or socioeconomic classes (e.g., the rich). Many such theories are advanced with scant evidence (or none at all); in many cases what evidence is advanced is circumstantial in nature. In extreme cases, evidence contrary to the conspiracy theory is assumed to have been planted by the conspirators.”


By: Ryan Fairley

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