Reality Must Take Precedence in
the Search for Truth
Martha: Truth and illusion George; you don't know the difference.
George: No; butwe mustcarry on as though we did. Martha: Amen.
—Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
WITHIN HOURS OF THE TRAGIC DEATH of Princess Diana, theories aboutwhat really happened to her began to proliferate via the Internet. One posting admonished readers: “Anyone who doesn't know that the order to murder Diana came from the Hanover/Windsor power structure is lacking an understanding of world affairs.” Another explained: “A car wreck can very easily be engineered.” The conspirators, it seems, were “acting on papal orders and financed by Du Pont.” Within days the BBC reported that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi told his followers in a televised speech that the “accident” was a combined French and British conspiracy “because they were annoyed that an Arab man mightmarry a British princess.”
By the time of the funeral, dozens of theories were ripe for the picking, including: Diana was murdered, but Dodi was an innocent victim; the driver was a “Manchurian Candidate” programmed to self-destruct at the right moment; Trevor Rees-Jones was in on the murder as a secret service agent; either M.I.5, the British Domestic Intelligence Agency, or M.I.6, the British Secret Service, orchestrated the murder; Diana's murder came about because of her