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Cartoon conspiracy

I've been at it before. Conspiracy-theories are a beautiful thing when it comes to arousing interest. But seen from a rhetorical viewpoint they are hard to deal with.

Here a guy called Dr. Walid Phares speculates that the reason why it took so long from the Danish cartoons were published to the reactions in the streets were a question of the "Jihadi elites" waiting for the right time to unleash the anger.

In one way this is somewhat reasonable. Seen from the view-point of propaganda theories this would be a perfect example of the condensation of public sentiment by a focused, organised effort from a group. On the other hand it is nigh impossible to demonstrate that it really happened this way, was orchestrated and this leaves us with a shadowy threat that can't be verified.


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