A day hasn’t passed and already there is a grand conspiracy theory about the meteor that exploded over the Ural Mountains of Russia. Over 1,000 people were injured in the explosion that broke windows with a tremendous boom. Most people have the common sense to piece together the event as a natural catastrophe, especially with an asteroid passing within just 17,000 miles of Earth.
The shock wave from the explosion caused the damage to buildings as windows and doors were blown apart. For some people, it must have seemed like a terrorist attack. However, the Russians have their own version of birthers and truthers. The most prominent one to step forward thus far is nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who has already decided where to point the blame: at The United States.
“Those aren’t meteors falling; it’s the Americans testing new weapons,” Zhirinovsky said.
Zhirinovsky even went onto theorize that Secretary of State John Kerry had unsuccessfully tried to contact his counterpart days earlier to warn of the “provocation.”
It doesn’t take a lot of brain cells to figure out that if the United States was going to test a new weapon it would do it over its own remote territory, not that of another nuclear power. Besides, why test a weapon so that another country can analyze the results?
Zhirinovsky was not going to have any of that sensible talk, though. For him, it is unimaginable that an object from space would pick on Mother Russia.
“Nothing will ever fall out there. If [something] falls, it’s people doing that. People are the instigators of wars, the provocateurs,” deduced Zhirinovsky.
Zhirinovsky shouldn’t stop there. He may as well jump fully on board the same train as the birthers and truthers. Where was Vladimir Putin really born, anyway? And wasn’t the revolution that brought an end to the Soviet Union really planned by Bush and Cheney?
There is a bit of comfort knowing that the rest of the world has its nuts too, except people like Zhirinovsky are dangerous nuts.