Conspiracy Theorists vs. Coincidence Theorists

Letter to the Editor:

I am responding to your recent newspaper column ridiculing conspiracy theories and “tin-hat conspiracy theorists”.  It is a common ploy of governments and the complicit mainstream media to label those who don’t buy the official story line as “conspiracy theorists”, i.e. as not telling the truth.   After all, what do these folks know about what really took place?  However, it is more difficult to dismiss a U.S. president, particularly one who died under suspicious circumstances: 

“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.  It is a system that has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations.”         

John F. Kennedy’s speech to the American Newspapers Publishing Association on April 27, 1961

If we define a conspiracy as two or more people planning/plotting in secret to do something (usually bad), then hundreds of prosecutors set out every day to prove conspiracies of people who have planned and executed crimes.  History and the Bible are full of conspiracies.  In the Old Testament, it was usually false prophets and rulers conspiring against God’s true prophets. 

“Then Hoshea the son of Elah led a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck and killed him; so he reigned in his place in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.”

II Kings 15:30

In the New Testament, it was the Pharisees and the Sadducees plotting against Christ and His apostles.  Given that Satan is lord over the world, and he is known as the great deceiver, we should be expect conspiracies and be surprised when there isn’t one.
 
There are many current examples of official story lines, supported by the mainstream media, that were later proven to be false.  Examples include U.S. government representative Susan Rice claiming that the attack in Benghazi was caused by a video, denials about IRS targeting certain organizations, and Operation Fast and Furious arming Mexican warlords. 

Those who dismiss conspiracy theories as being not valid are really “coincidence theorists”, who look at the myriad of events taking place, of multiple players with strong vested interests and no moral compunctions, and conclude that it is all a coincidence.  Stuff just happens – key leaders get killed just like anyone else, wars arise spontaneously, and rebel groups like ISIS are self-supporting with arms, food, and supplies.  Perhaps they have gardens, cottage gunsmiths, and bake sales to raise funds.

Best regards,