Conspiracy theories are usually bogus theories dreamt up by wide-eyed madmen in order to explain the unexplainable, make possible the impossible and dupe the dupes.
The most widespread conspiracy theory - so far - of the early part of the 21-st century was the one concerning the existence or non-existence of WMD
(Weapons of Mass Destruction
) in Iraq
and the dread intent of Iraq to use these weapons to launch a devastating attack on Israel , the UK and possibly Cyprus.
This theory was first floated in Washington
by a group of cranks calling themselves neo-conservatives
and quickly spread like a contagion throughout most of the UK and the US.
However , most other countries of the world were immune to this contagion and treated it with skepticism.
Driven on by belief in their theory the devotees of it in the UK and US went on to attack and occupy Iraq in an attempt to eradicate these WMD
However these weapons turned out to be nothing more than a brain-fever which had no more credibility or basis in fact than a Donald Rumsfeld
The idea that the invasion of Iraq was about oil is no more than a conspiracy-theory. (Still said by some even after 8.8 billion dollars of post-invasion Iraqi oil revenues were
reported missing in a report by US General Stuart Bowen to the US congress in January 2005. )