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Post Conspiracy Theories about the USS Maine; from Gary Moore
Created by John Eipper on 05/06/15 2:47 PM

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Conspiracy Theories about the USS Maine; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 05/06/15 2:47 pm)

Gary Moore follows up on his post of 5 May:

In reply to John Eipper's interesting reference to the Wikipedia version of false flag theories on the sinking of the Maine before the Spanish American-War in 1898: Citing the Castro government on the Maine is like citing Ahmadinejad on 9/11: Get serious. The sedimentation of the present Cuban government atop the old Spanish- American War mysteries would seem to be a major factor that makes that field so blank, and so intriguing.

And as to Wikipedia, I liked the image offered a while back that it's half-full/half-empty, though I would give it much more credit: maybe 90 percent full (useful) or more. But unfortunately, one narrow vein where Wikipedia tends to buckle has to do with credulous enthusiasms, especially on emotional issues like human rights atrocities (the 1890s Cuban death camps), and a related track, our old friend casus belli (like the Maine). Anybody can get in there and put their pet theory or advocacy position in Wikipedia, and when the issue is emotional enough, crusaders seem to mistake cluelessness for righteousness.

Leaving aside the long Wikipedia reference to Castroite speculation, John has, again, very usefully steered us to a summary of all the various investigations of the Maine sinking over the years. Synopsis: Nobody really knows what blew it up, but sabotage is at least as credible a guess as a coal bunker fire--which was never more than a shrugging guess even from its most prominent advocate, Admiral Rickover. One thing that is shown by the various high-flown computer modelings, etc., is that the Maine mystery seems unlikely to be solved by flashy forensics. But will the opening of Cuba open a wealth of previously unconsidered archives/memoirs/clues leading to new insights from unexpected directions?

JE comments:  Wikipedia does not suggest one far-fetched but not entirely implausible theory:  that the insurrectionists themselves destroyed the Maine to ensure US intervention in the conflict.

Granted, conspiracy theories don't "work" unless they contain at least a grain of plausibility.

"Crusaders seem to mistake cluelessness for righteousness":  I'm going to remember that turn of phrase.  It applies to countless scenarios.


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