The earthquake of January 12th 2010 that stuck Port-Au-Prince of Haiti has resulted in massive destruction of both life and property in Haiti. As the disaster-hit country tries to come to grips with the reality of what it went through in the form of more than 150,000 deaths, the region itself is in an upheaval. Nearly all of the capital of Port-Au-Prince is damaged; the destruction caused by the earthquake is extremely widespread and the country is struggling to cope with the massive damage.
The pledges to help Haiti started accumulating from all over the world immediately. United States’ President Barack Obama led the pledges by declaring that the people of Haiti will have the “full” support of the US. The offer of support and subsequent take-over by the US forces of the capital and its airport has been seen as an invasion rather than humanitarian by some critics. An estimated nine to ten thousand troops with an addition of 2000 marines are to be sent to Haiti, according to an American Forces Press Service released on January 14th 2010. The lack of a functioning government in Haiti was used by the United States as grounds for taking over de-facto control of the country.
This unilateral decision by the US has given ground to an abundance of conspiracy theories. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, always a vocal critic of the United States heavy handed measures, is leading the dissenters. Speaking on his weekly TV show, the Venezuelan president is blaming the United States of using HAARP in Haiti, which caused widespread destruction all over the country.
HAARP or High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, according to its website is to further and advance ‘knowledge of physical and electrical properties of the Earth’s ionosphere’. It sounds very straight and to the point, but the hush-hush status of the ‘project’ has led to the birth of many theories – not all of them entertaining. Even the inventor himself, Bernard Eastlund who designed the project during the height of the Cold War, left it when the military became interested in it for purposes other than peaceful.
The first thing you notice when you check the Frequently Asked Questions on the HAARP site is how it categorically states that HAARP(High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is not a classified project and that there are no classified documents as far as HAARP is concerned. It further goes on to state that whatever documents there are, are and have been a ‘matter of public record’. One might ask why a facility which deals with unclassified, public knowledge needs to be barricaded from general public.
Jesse Ventura’s ‘Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura’ which aired on 2nd December 2009, raises a lot of questions which are at the same time both intriguing and slightly scary. While filming, Jesse an ex-SEAL himself, was denied access to the facility without any reason and was asked to return when the facility opens for a public ‘Open House’ once every two years.
Staunch Conspiracy theorists have always hinted that the United States is conducting tests to manipulate and control the weather and to use it as a weapon of mass destruction. President Chavez’s accusations, in the light of all the startling discoveries, are not that far away from the purported truth. According to him, the earthquake which led to more than a 150,000 deaths was a test gone ‘horribly wrong’ as it was meant for Iran rather than Haiti. The Georgians have previously, in 2002, blamed the Russians for the earthquake that struck Georgia in the same year. The Russians blame the Americans for the Afghan Earthquake of 2002, which resulted in the destruction of Nahrin. The web was also rife with speculation over the earthquake of 2008 in the city of Sichuan in China and reports that it is also a link from the same chain keep coming through.
Conspiracy theories have always been a part of politics – from assassinations to destruction that come under the heading of ‘collateral damage’, conspiracy theories, largely have their basis in fact. Man has always had dreams of ruling nature and it is the competitive streak and the idea to rule the world as it is, that keeps pushing him forward. However true, false, ridiculous or interesting conspiracy theories might sound, their basis in practical everyday fact is what makes them so bizarre, so much so that they’re almost believable.