I posted this as a comment on Zachary’s post, but have decided to make it into a new post so that this topic can be discussed further:
The conspiracy community is fully activated about the Malala story by now
This was an email on a Pakistani doctors group (prior origin not known to me):
> Why did the authorities not take MALALA and her father into custody for taking part in a propaganda film? How did he keep an Israeli in his home for 6 months to record a doc?
> This family is all drama the father and the daughter, she repeated the words her father taught her she is not brave? What did she do other then be in this Prop doc?
> The Americans gave her an award of bravery in return for her role and Zardari had to give one too, the operation in Swat started as a result. Can anyone tell me what the people of Waziristan have to do with Malala or her attackers….
> Why is the army being pressurised to do an operation?
> The Video is worth watching
Facebook is full of discussions of “hidden hand behind malala episode” and “yes, we know who is pulling the strings”.
Just a few minutes in that atmosphere can leave one disoriented for hours. To live there must be an interesting pschological experiment. One that our middle class is now conducting for the benefit of humanity and future researchers.
more reporting here on this phenomenon http://www.dw.de/pakistanis-love-conspiracy-theories/a-16307473
h/t @sharabikababi: HARVARD grad: https://www.facebook.com/hasan.aamir (yes, I know, i am falling into the trap of thinking Harvard grads are not dumb).
quote: Malala’s sudden absconding from Pakistan for the UK is conclusive and damning evidence that the whole event was an elaborate drama/stunt staged by our rulers and their foreign backers in order to justify drone attacks and other atrocities against the defenceless people of our tribal areas and to further their nefarious designs on Pakistan! It is akin to the dumping of OBL’s body into the sea and the obliteration of evidence!