Conspiracy theories have a long history, but the actual term “conspiracy theory” emerged much more recently. It was only a few decades ago that the term took on the derogatory connotations it has today, where to call someone a conspiracy theorist functions as an insult.
So, it may come as no surprise that there is even a conspiracy theory about the origins of the label. This conspiracy theory claims that the CIA invented the term in 1967 to disqualify those who questioned the official version of John F Kennedy’s assassination and doubted that his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, had acted alone.
Either way, whether the term has been weaponized by the CIA or not, the utilization of the term in modern times to dismiss dissenting voices and discredit them is real such as the recent article in the Guardian that accused Vanessa Beeley, Eva Bartlett and Aaron Mate of being conspiracy theorists.
However, what is labelled as conspiracy theory today may not be the same in the future and there are many examples of that but today, I would like to focus on Libya, where NATO launched an aerial bombing campaign and supported radical jihadists in 2011 to overthrow Qaddafi.
Back then, any sane person with functioning brain cells knew NATO destroyed Libya to take over its oil and gold reserves aimed at creating a unified African golden currency. This plot was proven later to be true in Sidney Blumenthal’s leaked E-mails to Hillary Clinton.
Now, nearly 11 years after the invasion, even Reuters which is biased towards NATO was forced to admit that every person it has spoken to in Libya “viewed the 2011 uprising as a foreign plot to destroy Libya”.
But who cares, right? We came, we saw, he died. Those were the words of Clinton when she heard about the news of killing Qaddafi which marked the beginning of endless chaos, civil war, loss of national resources and sovereignty, open-air slave markets and the emergence of ISIS.
You would think after this humanitarian misery that NATO would at least apologize and reconstruct Libya, but they are busy labelling anti-war activists and journalists covering the Syrian and Ukrainian wars conspiracy theorists.
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Kevork Almassian is an award-winning political commentator from Syria. He is the founder of Syriana Analysis and is known for his contribution to the literature on the Syrian war.