Feb 07 2008
Now that the total of cables cut or disabled in the Middle East has risen to five, there’s even more conspiracy theories coming out of the woodwork. And it’s no wonder; if 50 of these happen a year worldwide, to have five happen within a week in a geographically limited area is a statistical anomaly to say the least. I’m betting that this is just a what it appears to be on the surface, a series of unrelated failures that just happened in a short period of time. But it is fun to speculate and try assigning human interference to the problem rather than natural events.
If this is a conspiracy, then the target isn’t the cables that have been cut. Think about it, what conspiracy would do something as direct and overt as cutting these cables? No, the real target would be re-routing the traffic over cables and networks the conspirators already controlled before any of this started. Or they’re trying to distract all the conspiracy buffs from something even bigger happening elsewhere. Whatever they’re doing, the loss of these cables and the disruption to Internet traffic in the Middle East and India is a side effect, not the real target.
Conspiracy theory is attractive because it pulls in so many threads of truth and weaves them together in a believable story. It’s the sort of speculation and half understood facts that fuel the Internet and the Blogosphere to begin with, so events like this are going to bring out anyone and everyone with an ax to grind with a government agency or secret society. Even if, or maybe especially if, the official reports say that these were all natural occurrences, conspiracy theories are going to continue. After all, every once and a while a real conspiracy proves to exist.
If you think the Internet’s abuzz now, just wait until cable #6 goes.