Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The latest U.S.-Latin America conspiracy theory

The latest, and strangest, rumor flying around is that President Bush has bought a very large plot of land in Paraguay. Just google "bush paraguay" and see for yourself. Adam Isacson has a list of all the recent U.S.-Paraguay connections, including a recent visit by Jenna Bush.

The rumor was picked and really spread by Prensa Latina, which is Cuban and therefore highly biased (as is anything about Cuba coming from the U.S. government). It credits an Argentine online publication, Misiones On Line, for the original story. The spread of bizarre information via the internet is really interesting:

Las informaciones sobre el tema son escuetas dado que ninguna fuente oficial quiso confirmarla, empero, una fuente oficiosa confirmó a NEIKE que efectivamente el jefe de Estado norteamericano compró las tierras y su hija Jenna recorrerá el campo durante la visita que está realizando a Paraguay desde el pasado fin de semana.

The conspiracy theorists are having a field day with this one. Maybe he is planning to flee the U.S. because otherwise he'll tried for war crimes (as if Paraguay would protect him better than the United States?). Maybe it is a plan to invade Bolivia. Maybe the U.S. has run out of space in New Mexico to communicate with aliens, and so is looking elsewhere? (OK, I just made that one up, but I like it).


Anonymous,  6:13 PM  

I like the "water reserves theory".

--- Argentinean Adolfo Perez Esquivel warned that the real war will be fought not for oil, but for water, and recalled that Acuifero Guaraní is one of the largest underground water reserves in South America, running beneath Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (larger than Texas and California together). - SOURCE

Greg Weeks 8:14 AM  

OK, so he buys land, pumps all the water from under it, and then ships it thousands of miles to the U.S. to solve water shortages. As conspiracy theories go, I think we need something better.

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