Attribution Error

As American Thinker reports, people are working hard to bring “the Middle East’s stultifying culture of conspiracy theories to America.” Munir Akash, a sometime visiting professor to Suffolk University recently asserted in a speech that Kissinger urged upon President Ford the following theory:

“We can’t annihilate Communism, but we can annihilate the Communists. How? The more people there are in the world, the more Communists there are. So let us tackle the roots of the problem — if we kill the poor, there will be no Communists.”

I cannot find any evidence that such a theory was articulated prior to this speech (at least in like wording), and Mr. Akash is clearly not a credible source. Moreover, I think we can be reasonably certain that no agency of the United States or Israel is currently executing a plan, as this Arab intellectual later claims, to sterilize “the women of the 13 countries.” The plan, such as it is, involves implantation of a microchip under the skin. Insofar as the goal seems to be regulation of fertility rather than wholesale sterilization, there might be an indication here that conspiracy theorists have evolved, as it were, since the halcyon days of saltpeter in fried chicken.

But irrespective of this, and whether or not Kissinger ever said anything of the sort, one has to admit the comforting syllogism of the scheme’s underlying logic.

No person of sound judgment will deny that “the more people there are in the world, the more Communists there are.” This is as much as a fundamental truth as the sentiment, apocryphally attributed to Stalin, that “Death solves all problems–no man, no problem.”


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