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Cut Cable Conspiracy
By: Michael Lowry
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    Cut Cable Conspiracy - The Conspiracy

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    As of the time of my writing this article, only one of five cut cables have had their causes confirmed. It was the one I mentioned earlier off the coast of the UAE and Oman that concerned an abandoned ship's anchor. Despite claims to the contrary, Egypt has already excluded a ship's anchor as the cause of either of the two cut cables near Alexandria because there was no ship traffic in the area when the traffic occurred. Thus, it must be a conspiracy.

    The most debated theory at the time had to do with Iran and their plan for the Iranian Oil Bourse, which would establish another oil market denominated by the "euro." Some saw this as an attempt by Iran to reduce the amount of oil traded in "dollars," which would cause more damage to the already deflated U.S. dollar. This conspiracy theory alleges that the U.S. sabotaged the Internet cables linking to Iran because Internet disruptions would thereby thwart the newly formed oil bourse's ability to execute trades (mwahahahaha). So obviously, the U.S. is the culprit, case closed, no need for further investigation.

    Not so fast my friend. As it turns out, Iran suffered almost no effects from the blackout. In fact, the countries it did affect (UAE, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia) are all U.S. allies. But I want a conspiracy, waaa! Too bad. In reality, these cuts happen more often than you'd think. According to this article, Stephen Becket of TeleGeography claims, "Cable cuts happen on average once every three days." He adds that there are around 25 large ships that do nothing but fix damaged cables and that most cuts are the result of the cables rubbing against rocks on the sea floor.

    So please, come out of the closet; the world isn't coming to an end, at least not because of this. I'd say it's much more likely that Key West will freeze over than any of the conspiracy theories related to these damaged cables come to fruition. It's that low. But hey, thanks for reading this article. Just think how much better informed you are now. I'll just leave you with two words of wisdom: you're welcome.

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