....thinking they wanted to kill people off by blowing up the levees is so ludicrous that it's beyond tinfoil hattism.
Farrakhan is definitely in need of a tinfoil hat. I saw him interviewed on Fox, where the reporter asked him about a "vision" he reportedly had in the mid-80's in Mexico. Farrakhan happily told the story of climbing a mountain and then having a vision of being taken aboard a spacecraft, which zoomed up to the mother ship. There, he heard the voice of Elijah Muhammed warning him that Reagan was going to start a war. The vision was true, he said, because Reagan went after Qaddafy.
Now here's the sad part: there are people who do listen to Farrakhan. And because some remarks by one idiot official to the effect that it's a great thing that nature cleaned out the 9th Ward have been widely spread, that kind of nuttiness primes some folks to believe Farrakhan's nuttiness. Also, there have been some fears in NO that because the 9th Ward is close to Downtown, the rebuilding might focus on high-income townhouses and such, housing that would effectively outprice the 9th Ward for its former residents. What truth there is to that, I don't know, but I know that I saw an interview with a NO City Councilwoman who expressed that concern. Those kinds of fears and concerns are already floating around, so naturally Farrakhan, hatemonger that he is, will add a perfectly loony conspiracy theory to the mix. But, again, because of those concerns, what Farrakhan says is more plausible to some people than we'd like to admit. In fact, a couple of my students were discussing it after class today.
Edited by Spectacles, 14 October 2005 - 02:20 PM.