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great ammo for the paranoid
on 2 October 2005
I found this book in the 'Mind Body and Spirit' section, of one large bookstore, next to 'UFOs are here!' and 'The World is an Orange' - which is one hell of a misplacing, as this guide isn't for lunatics but is about them and their nuttier ideas - your Zen or Qi won't be replenished so much as you might be left politically incensed.
Tudge and McConnachie have amassed a wide range of theories, historically and geographically, and go into detail on everything from theories about aliens living in your anus and was the Titanic simply a big insurance job, to the genocidal impact of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and who really blew up Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie. It's beyond the remit of the book to actually provide any concrete answers over some of the more famous theories, like who killed Kennedy (over 2,000 books on that subject anyway) and the death of Princess Di, but some of the alternative directions for 'truth' that the authors list do raise some startling questions. The Lockerbie bombing is a case in point, with the story of how the Libyans, who were eventually indited and jailed and a $2.4 billion fine being levied on the country, were the last to be suspected, with a Syrian-backed Palestinian group linked to taking western hostages in Beirut having been the chief suspects for the first two years after 1989. Somehow the CIA, drugs and millions in cash made their way onto the doomed aircraft, all tracing back to events in Beirut and an Iran-Contra type of guns-money-hostage trading scandal. But in 1991 Syria wisely backed the Gulf War - Libya opposed it. Nearly simaltaneously, the US and UK blamed Libya for the bombing, in the same week that their remaining Beirut hostages were released.
The rest, they say, is 'history'.
It's a by turn funny, fascinating and unsettling read which won't make you paranoid but might make you question a bit more.