COMMENTARY | The continuing mystery of Malaysian Air Flight 370 has, by the nature of the fact that it is at once interesting and bereft of actual information, has caused just a little bit of craziness to insinuate itself into the media.
Boston.com relates some of the conspiracy theories that have cropped up. A UFO snatched the plane and its passengers. The plane is in Iran, or North Korea, or Vietnam, or Diego Garcia. There is one theory that there is an Edward Snowden connection. But my personal favorite involves a mini hydrogen bomb, an iPhone app, and a black hole. A variant of this has south Asia’s own version of the Bermuda Triangle, which places the plane and its passengers in the future, the past, or an alternate universe.
Why is the plane, presuming that it went into the Indian Ocean, so hard to find? Mother Jones is pretty sure global warming has something to do with it, changing ocean currents among other things.
In the spirit of the times, let me offer my own conspiracy theory. Let me caution that there is no proof or evidence that the following is the case.
The plane was diverted by an organized crime organization to a island air field. The passengers are being held for ransom, as is the plane. Relatives of the captives as well as certain governments have been contacted and secret negotiations are ongoing. The search taking place is not to find the plane’s debris but to find the hidden island so that U.S. Navy SEALS can be deployed. This is the same syndicate that killed the Kennedys, faked the moon landing, and perpetrated 9/11.
An alternate theory is that a secret project along the lines of the Philadelphia Experiment sent the plane and its passengers into an unknown dimension. Scientists at NASA and the CERN accelerator are furiously working to find a way to bring the plane back before it’s too late.
And, of course, if the plane is found at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, it will just serve as proof of the power of the conspiracy. That is how these theories work.