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Only Who Can Prevent Forest Fires?

Sections of the Amalfi Coast have burned brightly over the last decade, leading to the vigorous practice of what Italians call dietrologia — the study of the true story of what lies behind (dietro) real events. A conspiracy of some sort is always involved:

Maiori Forest Fires.jpg

The huge burnt-out ravine behind Maiori blazed for about ten days in the early part of the summer, leading to endless speculation:

Canadair Firefighter Plane.jpg

  • The fire was set by the companies that own the big Canadair firefighting airplanes that dump water on the conflagrations.

  • The companies that are paid to reforest the burned areas set the fires now to drum up work for themselves.

  • Landowners set the fires in order to cash in on the insurance payouts.

Not once have I heard that simple arson was involved, nor has there ever been any reference to natural causes.

Keep in mind that these theories were recounted to me by two different medical doctors, the head of an accounting firm, a senior salesperson from IBM, and various other university graduates.

Who says that fake news and unsupported speculation are the province of modern-day America. Methinks that we are just catching up.

Addendum: A wag once explained that there are a great many conspiracy theories in Italy because there are a great many conspiracies.


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