The Middle Eastern internet cable cut is eliciting a series of theories, which are interesting to examine. They reveal a spectrum of political fears, with some flavoring of the fearsome internet.
Reports claim a variety of sources that might have incapacitated the cables, from the U.S. Secret Service, to Islamic fundamentalists, or other military exercises. Others maintain the damage signifies retribution for the impending opening of the Iranian Oil Bourse, which will allow trading in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, potentially diminishing the value of the dollar.
Other theories touch on America preparing for a strike on Iran through information warfare. Some name al Qaeda directly. Wired finds more:
Professional terrorist fear monger Annie Jacobsen says Middle Eastern governments are lying about the real reason for the cuts. 9/11 truthers suggested the cuts came in preparation for a U.S. government-faked terrorist attack on the Super Bowl. Bloggers have suggested that the cuts are cover for the NSA installing taps on the lines using the U.S.S. Jimmy Carter.
Previously on this topic: John Robb considers the cuts as if they were a probe.