Just Plain Crazy: Russia’s New Generation of Moronic “Students”

Yevgeny Bazhanov, vice chancellor of research and international relations at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, writing in the Moscow Times:

I have noticed a disturbing new trend among my students: In the past 10 years, the number of them who sincerely believe ridiculous conspiracy theories about U.S. aggression and global domination is increasing. This is particularly disturbing considering that many of these students may very well rise to become members of the country’s elite and represent the new faces of Russia.

One of their favorite conspiracy theories is that former U.S. President George W. Bush and his cronies were behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Al-Qaida, it would seem, had nothing to do with Sept. 11, although it has claimed responsibility repeatedly. And when asked why Bush would commit such an unthinkable crime, they always respond, “So that he would have a pretext for attacking Iraq.”

But, of course, Bush already had a pretext for invading Iraq: former President Saddam Hussein’s secret program for developing weapons of mass destruction based on reliable intelligence data — or what seemed objective and reliable at the time. Any corrupt policeman knows how to plant drugs on somebody he wants to arrest. Using this basic tactic, the CIA, had it wanted to do so, could have planted uranium in a mountain cave or could have found secret agents at a Baghdad scientific institute to plant evidence of Iraq’s intention to develop nuclear weapons. They might also have seized one of Hussein’s palaces and “discovered” a directive for a nuclear strike against Israel and the United States hidden neatly under his bedroom pillow. Staging any one of these shams would have been simple and inexpensive. More important, they would not have resulted in the deaths of the thousands of U.S. citizens who were killed in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

It doesn’t take much thinking to realize that my students’ theory is crazy. Bush would have had to get hundreds of senior military commanders and intelligence officials involved. They then would have had to select reliable pilots and secret agents to carry out the mission and make sure that none of these conspirators at any point in their lives spilled the beans or left compromising evidence to friends or relatives.

It is interesting to compare this ludicrous theory with the real Watergate conspiracy. Operatives loyal to former President Richard Nixon broke into Democratic Party headquarters in Washington’s Watergate Hotel in June 1972 to gain valuable information about Nixon’s opponents in the presidential election to be held several months later. The whole noise around Watergate must seem very strange to Russia’s leaders, who think nothing of eavesdropping on their political opponents and even throwing a few of them in prison.

But in the United States, Congress, an independent prosecutor, the media and the Supreme Court played a key role in digging up the truth and revealing the crimes committed by the Nixon administration. As a result, some of Nixon’s closest aides were sent to prison. And, of course, Nixon was forced to resign in August 1974 to avoid an impeachment process that was guaranteed to result in his removal from office. Nixon escaped a prison term only because his successor, Gerald Ford, pardoned him.

But let’s suppose for a moment that Bush and his military leaders and secret service chiefs ordered the Sept. 11 attacks. This raises a question: Why then does Russia fear the United States? Why should the Kremlin count every missile and warhead to be sure Russia’s arsenal doesn’t lag behind that of the United States? After all, according to the conspiracy theory, U.S. leaders are willing to destroy their own economy and infrastructure themselves. As it turns out, we don’t need nuclear weapons after all.

It is not only Russia’s students and future diplomats who believe in this nonsense. There are plenty of analysts in their 50s and 60s — many of whom are highly influential public figures — who also propagandize these conspiracy theories on television and in the print media. One seasoned military analyst even tried to convince me that the United States was behind the recent Moscow metro bombings. “Where is the proof?” I asked.

“The explosions took place right after Russia made the summer transition to daylight savings time,” he said.

With these brains, how will Russia ever modernize?

50 responses to “Just Plain Crazy: Russia’s New Generation of Moronic “Students”

  1. Voice of Reason

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11_conspiracy_theories
    9/11 conspiracy theories

    9/11 conspiracy theories allege that the September 11 attacks in 2001 were either intentionally allowed to happen or were a false flag operation orchestrated by an organization with elements inside the United States government.[1] A poll taken in 2006 by Scripps Howard and Ohio University showed that, “More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East.”[2] The most prominent theory is that the collapse of the World Trade Center and 7 World Trade Center were the result of a controlled demolition rather than structural weakening due to fire.[3][4] Another prominent belief is that the Pentagon was hit by a missile launched by elements from inside the U.S. government[5] or that a commercial airliner was allowed to do so via an effective standdown of the American military.[6][7] The commonly claimed motives are to justify the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, to expand U.S. control of the Middle East’s oil resources, to facilitate increased military spending; and to restrict domestic civil liberties.

  2. Voice of Reason

    Yevgeny Bazhanov wrote: “ But, of course, Bush already had a pretext for invading Iraq: former President Saddam Hussein’s secret program for developing weapons of mass destruction based on reliable intelligence data — or what seemed objective and reliable at the time.

    No, this “reliable intelligence data” was a fabrication.

    Any corrupt policeman knows how to plant drugs on somebody he wants to arrest. Using this basic tactic, the CIA, had it wanted to do so, could have planted uranium in a mountain cave or could have found secret agents at a Baghdad scientific institute to plant evidence of Iraq’s intention to develop nuclear weapons.

    We can apply the same logic to the allegations that Putin was behind the Russian apartment bombings in 1999 in order to find a pretext to start a new war against Chechnya:

    Any corrupt policeman knows how to plant drugs on somebody he wants to arrest. Using this basic tactic, the FSB, had it wanted to do so, could have planted uranium in a mountain cave or could have found secret agents at a Grozny scientific institute to plant evidence of Chechnya’s intention to develop nuclear weapons.

  3. Obama did 9/11 >:(

  4. I remember a few years ago when the European Union made some declaration concerning Russia. My Russian friends said that it was the US behind the declaration by the EU because the “US controls Europe”. My follow up question was “If that is they case, then why couldn’t the US get Europe on board in the war in Iraq?”. There was no answer. This couple has an annual income of about $100,000 US and they both have advanced degrees so they are in the upper income level in Russia. It’s just truly bizarre listening to conspiracy theories from them. Ironically, they can rail against the war in Iraq but support the war in Chechnia or the war against Georgia.

  5. Oy Yoy! Here we go again!
    La Russophobe exposes some truths about what’s wrong in Russia, and the automaton-propaganda mouths,…(their tiresome monichers are listed here) deny the facts.
    Of course, the whole world is full of conspiracy-believers, not just in Russia. Here in America, especially from the mouths of leftist-oriented youths, they also firmly believe ANY and all such deranged nonsence. One ( a heavy pot user), told me some years back: ” You know, the earth is hallow, and inside it there is a whole other world, people,cities, oceans, sky, trees, etc., and they enter and exit there, from the north and south poles!”. When I asked, ‘But, Kyle, how do you know this?’ He proudly and defiantly responded, ‘I…have a photograph!”. When I viewed this, all it showed was a satellite shot from outer space, of the cloud formations over the North Pole, with a normal break in those clouds,…..nothing more.
    To my studied view of the many and bizarre conspiracy theories going around, sure their have been and there are now, SOME varied conspiracies, here and there. BUT!., most of what is actually happening in the world, is more or less as it appears. Most current events ARE explainable, for normal reasons…i.e. Fallen Human Nature, etc.
    So, what do we have to ascertain the truth of such matters?-COMMON SENCE and rational thinking, and always seeking the truth. Using the brains that the Good Lord gave us all! But, unfortunately, present day Russia, is not the only place for luny conspiratational slants on world events. In fact, this utter baloney that ‘Bush blew up the Trade towers’, seems to have started here, by our native wacky perennial leftist air-heads.
    My response: SHOW US YOUR PROOF! I want to see, ‘the photograph’!

  6. And also: regarding all of these fantastic anti-American (inspired) conspiracy theories, coming from Russian sources- Could it possibly be, that because, since the lying/thieving bolshies took over Russia by their many conspiracies and plots and mass murders, etc., and that that wicked perpetually lying crew has continued over all these years, acting in the same, underhanded/crooked & ALWAYS conspiratorial manner, including whatever provocative engineered political-motivated catastrophies (can we even count them all, up till now?) that THEY manufacture, that….and then blame on others, they assume that every other nation does the same?
    And, if many common Russians in the RF also believe such outrageous/illogical conspiracies about America, could it be because that is normal for their life? And , all that they hear or read from their controlled news media-?
    At least in America, we have the national traditon of…questioning those in authority, and of self-criticism. Is that true for the average Russian in the RF? Well, if any of them do, ..then best for them to either shut up, or get out of Russia…..
    Our native American wacko conspiratorial freaks, under our freedoms of speech and expression, are permitted to say and print and express otherwise, all of their (oft, insane) theories.
    By the way, I have a photo of Pres. Bush, sinking the Titanic! And, another one, of Queen Elizabeth, loosening the bolts, before that crash, on the death-car of Princess Dianne!
    Abraham Lincoln, deliberately! allowed the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbour, thus giving him a pretext for declaring war on the South!
    And, yes, the world IS flat! I got a photo!
    (I almost fell off the edge, once).

  7. Bush is a dumb boy. He never was able to make 9/11. The zionists from Israel helped him to make the bombing buildings.

    • Dear ‘Nuclear war’-

      Hurray! for George W. Bush!
      Hurray for Israel!
      Hurray for the U.S.A.!
      And, hurray for those intelligent and honorable Russians who tell the truth!, the heroic dissidents, journalists, and the religious rebels.
      May the present KGB/FSB gangsters that run Russia, get booted out, so that Russia can be free and prosperous and no longer a threat to the whole world.
      And, PLEASE stop blowing up your own citizens, and then blaming it on, ‘The Jew-Masons’, or America, or….whomever! (you know better than I your long list of world-controling conspiracies)-
      All of us over here, really have no time or energy to do such things. GET REAL!
      Only total idiots, could believe your preposterous fantasies, about…whatever.
      Lay off the vodka and drugs.
      And, YES, America DID land on the moon!
      (I know, because as I was headed for this planet, in my own private UFO, I saw the humanoid moonlanding.
      Now, my flying saucer is broken and I can’t find the parts to repair it locally, so I’m stuck here, untill the Mother Ship comes to rescue me..)-

  8. BOGDAN OF EUNUCHALIA

    Its really funny. Every minute of Sarah Palin’s life, even the moments that she wasn’t able to remember herself , has been scrutinised and discovered by the tools of leftist propaganda (mass-media) and somehow they cannot find a single proof to back up their crazy conspiracy theory about 9/11.

    Considering that it would take a huge team of army specialist to mount such an operation it would be impossible to hide that from the public.

    If it was the case, Bush would be now awaiting the electric chair and the GOP a permanent ban.

    I remember still how Bush was incapable of getting to a toillet without journos spaying on him and here he is allegadly capable of concealling the operation of such a magnitude.

    The same concerns a Moon landing.

  9. Really VOR you think that 550 tons of yellow cake is not real. Not 10 tons. Not 25 tons, but 550 tons???? You cannot go through life denying everything you know.

    Even without the yellowcake Bush had a motive. We were attacked and a response was important. Undermining Islam with “freedom” will have long term implications. You cannot deny that Iraq is doing well as a democracy.

    Yes, Obama, the two bit muslim, is trying to undo freedom. He will not be successful. Iraq has good chances of long term freedom thanks to: Bush the great.

  10. Voice of Reason

    Yes, Ron. The notorious yellowcake frogery:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowcake_forgery

    Niger uranium forgeries

    The Niger uranium forgeries are forged documents initially revealed by Italian Military intelligence. These documents purport to depict an attempt by the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to purchase “yellowcake” uranium powder from Niger during the Iraq disarmament crisis.

    On the basis of these documents and other indicators, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom asserted that Iraq had attempted to procure nuclear material for the purpose of creating what they called weapons of mass destruction, referred to as WMD, in defiance of the United Nations Iraq sanctions.

    Origin – who forged the documents?

    No one has been convicted of forging the documents. Various theories have been reported on how they were produced, distributed, and where pressure was applied to keep their fraudulent nature a secret.

    The Los Angeles Times reported on December 3, 2005, that the FBI reopened the inquiry into “how the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.” According to the Times, “a senior FBI official said the bureau’s initial investigation found no evidence of foreign government involvement in the forgeries, but the FBI did not interview Martino, a central figure in a parallel drama unfolding in Rome.”
    [edit] Removal of known yellowcake

    In 2008, the United States facilitated shipping yellowcake (refined uranium ore) out of Iraq. This yellowcake had been stockpiled prior to the first Gulf War, and was declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency and under IAEA safeguards. [48] More than 550 tons of yellowcake was removed from Iraq and eventually shipped to Canada. [49]

  11. Who would believe the LA Times??

    The American media is sinking into the mire of financial failure because of their dishonast attitude toward Bush.

    The one news source that claims to be “fair and balanced” has had some success. They have their “niche” market of 50% of the American viewers.

  12. Voice of Reason

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/03/07/sprj.irq.un.transcript.elbaradei/

    Transcript of ElBaradei’s U.N. presentation

    Friday, March 7, 2003

    (CNN) — Following is a transcript of International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei’s March 7 presentation to the U.N. Security Council on the progress of the inspection effort in Iraq.

    With regard to uranium acquisition, the IAEA has made progress in its investigation into reports that Iraq sought to buy uranium from Niger in recent years. The investigation was centered on documents provided by a number of states that pointed to an agreement between Niger and Iraq for the sale of uranium between 1999 and 2001.

    The IAEA has discussed these reports with the governments of Iraq and Israel, both of which have denied that any such activity took place.

    For its part, Iraq has provided the IAEA with a comprehensive explanation of its relations with Niger and has described a visit by an Iraqi official to a number of African countries, including Niger in February 1999, which Iraq thought might have given rise to the reports.

    The IAEA was able to review correspondence coming from various bodies of the government of Niger and to compare the form, format, contents and signature of that correspondence with those of the alleged procurement-related documentation.

    Based on thorough analysis, the IAEA has concluded with the concurrence of outside experts that these documents which formed the basis for the report of recent uranium transaction between Iraq and Niger are in fact not authentic. We have therefore concluded that these specific allegations are unfounded.

  13. Who would believe anything out of the UN??

    Bush hid things and never bragged about what he was doing. Bush was a 100% class act.

    Iraq was an attack on Islam itself. Freedom planted grows.

    Islam was already in trouble as the modern world’s impact was just too much. This is the source of the terrorists trying to fight back. The old Islam had 37 rituals just to go to the bathroom. All of this was falling away.

    Bush let them have it right between the eyes.

  14. BOGDAN OF ENUCHALIA

    Voice of cretinism, certainly Sarah Palin is at least million times more intelligent than yourself…

    • Voice of Reason

      BOGDAN the EUNUCH:

      Don’t you think that Sarah Palin should stay in her native Alaska? Her talents will be much better utilised there, and without any nasty side-effects.

  15. BOGDAN OF ENUCHALIA

    In fact, despite his poor performance as a speaker, Bush was regarded as a best read of all the US Prseidents.

    I remember how the German Chancellor Angela Merkel was surprised when Bush showed her the epic book by Jung Chang “Mao The Unknkown Story” he had just finished to read urging her to read it as well.

    It is the very book I’m reading right now. The barbarism and beastiality of Mao and his cohorts are just beyond comprehension.

    This is a book that is comparable with Solzenitzyn’s “Gulag Archipelago”.

    Everyone should read it.

    I’m sure that the idiot that is calling himself Voice of Reason has never bothered himself to have even a look at it.

    Perhaps he doesn’t even know about its existence.

  16. Voice of Reason

    Ron wrote: “Who would believe the LA Times??”

    Ron wrote: “Who would believe anything out of the UN?? Bush hid things and never bragged about what he was doing. Bush was a 100% class act. Iraq was an attack on Islam itself. Freedom planted grows. ”

    Sure. Whatever you say. Nice talking to ya. Have a nice lobotomy.

  17. mirabile visu

    I don’t think it’s even a slight mystery that 9/11 was indeed carried out by the same pyschopathic serial killers (Bush, Cheney, et. al.) who carried out the mass murder in Iraq.

  18. mirabile visu

    There is so much evidence pointing in the direction of 9/11 being an inside job that only a fanatic worshiper of the US like LaRussophobe is not able to see it.

  19. mirabile visu

    Just take a look at Dick Cheney’s face and then juxtapose it next to the face of any American serial killer — they are nearly identical.

  20. When a competent military plans in advance for a certain kind of operation, they practice it over and over again. Even then they get it wrong more often than not.

    The idea that anyone could plan and execute a 9-11 operation is just absurd.

    • mirabile visu

      No, there is nothing absurd about it.

      Here is some evidence:

      Pay close attention starting at 0:48.

      Also, the Boeing 747 doesn’t fit into the blasted hole in the Pentagon, among other many anomalies.

  21. A much more believable conspiracy is the Russian special forces helping Iraq move their chemical and nuclear materials to Syria before the U.S. invasion. Russia’s finger prints were all over their covert programs.

    It’s no wonder the students believe such idiotic conspiracies, that’s all they hear or read about, thanks to the state controlled press and lack of freedoms in Putin’s Russia.

    • mirabile visu

      I have a theory — Yanks can’t get enough of killing and bloodletting because they know that their nation’s existence is temporary and they compensate their short time on this planet by creating an artificial history by attacking and threatening every nation on the planet.

      It should be no wonder that Yanks make up 4% of the world’s population but account for 80-85% of the world’s known serial killers.

      They just can’t get enough of killing and mass murder.

      I’ve seen enough of the empty, blank Yank faces in my lifetime to be convinced that either they lack a soul or they are simply psychopaths who have never heard of the word “conscience.”

      • BOGDAN OF ENUCHALIA

        Judging after his name and his insane rants, this moron Mirabile Visu must be out of the wedlock litter of some unemplyed and disgruntled Romanian SECURITATE operative.

        Those animals are still spewing their venom so many years after having lost their privileges that they have enjoyed under the equally barbaric as insane regime of their idol Caucesku (or whatever was the name of that sub-human…)

    • BOGDAN OF ENUCHALIA

      You are righ Obamaoymama.

      In fact the soviets have worked out a specjal evacuation plan called SARINDARIN (exit – in Arabic, I think) that has envisaged the rapid withrawal of the means and tools of production of WMD in the case of Iraq’s invasion by the UN sponsored forces.

      Romanian dissident General Micheil Jon Pacepa, the highest ranking escapee to the West from the communist block has widely spoken on that subject in his numerous interviews that can be found on an excelent conservative blog http://www.frontpagemag.com

      Equally, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Air Forces, gen Georges Sada confirmed that the operation of transfering the basics WMD tools to Syria took place shortly before the invasion.

      The large convoi of tracks moving towards Syria was spotted and recorded by the satelites.

      • Bogdan,

        If you are Ukrainian, I’m sure you would not try and justify the violent death of your fellow countryman, Taras Protsyuk, who was killed by the US goons in Iraq in 2003.

        Would you tell his family that his death is acceptable because Russia dared to hide WMDs in Syria?

        Moreover, the Russian transfer of weapons to Syria is a patent lie.

        • Really?

          Actually it is just the sort of thing that Russia would do.

          • You are most likely either an American or a Brit — focus on the crimes of your respective country.

            Russia does not venture to Suriname to launch tank shells at hotels housing journalists.

  22. La Russophobe I ask you to check THIS->>

    http://olegpanfilov2.livejournal.com/?skip=20

    The original link with many pictures of Russian Bidloids was already taken down.

  23. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    Only in these pages could George Bush be resurrected as a clever and perceptive leader, a “100 % class act”. Openly contemptuous of learning and anyone who appeared too intellectual, he’s part of the reason American students are falling behind internationally.

    If Russian students choose to believe crazy conspiracy theories, it doesn’t make them “morons”, unless the 20% or so of Americans who still believe Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction – and that they were found in Iraq – are morons also, or the percentage that still believe President Obama has no birth certificate and was actually born in Kenya.

    • I believe the topic is the state of education in Russia. We certainly have enough morons in this country. How does that make Russian educational system better?

  24. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    With nearly a 100% literacy rate despite spending about half what the U.S. does on eucation, I’d have thought it was one of the few things russophobes would have to agree Russia is doing right. Doubtless it could be improved, but since Russian students already regularly beat American students in international testing, whose education system needs bettering with greater urgency?

    I’d also submit the education system is not responsible for students’ belief in conspiracy theories, if in fact such a phenomenon exists (and I’d point out here that a flourishing conspiracy-theory industry exists in America as well, apparently without making its devotees “morons”). Were that the case, Mr. Bazhanov would surely point out schools as the source, considering his own role in the education system. In fact, he doesn’t offer much of anything by way of explanation.

  25. bush was a mistake for usa people. Bush and other suspected criminals are responsible for 9.11 civilians deaths. Bush is responsible for iraq civilians deaths.

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