Conspiracy Chronicles series, no. 6
Is the search-and-rescue ship Ocean Alert hunting for the victims of the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash, or is it prospecting for gold?
So asks this article in al-Akhbar, no doubt prompted by the atmosphere of suspicion that has enveloped the post-crash drama. My sources tell me that everyone has a pet conspiracy theory. Here are some of the more outlandish ones:
(a) The plane was carrying 50 of the richest Lebanese Shiite businessmen and was blown up by some kind of salafist terror group.
(b) The plane was brought down by the Mossad in order to take out a wealthy Hezbollah financier.
(c) The plane was carrying some huge amount of gold, which is now being stolen by professional foreign prospectors on the ocean floor.
We apparently still don’t know the cause of the crash, but hopefully this bout of ridiculous conspiracy theorizing will come to an end soon. For those of you who would like to keep theorizing and are technically-inclined, check out the movement of the ship Ocean Alert during the past few weeks (thanks Toufoul).
Update: For even more conspiracy theories surrounding the crash, see this article in French Slate (thanks Tajaddod Youth).
Update 2: Michael Young joins in.