Take a few thousand half-truths, misunderstandings, amateur analysis, hunches, suspicions, mistakes, historical quotes, incompetencies, guesses, and a lot of extra time; add a dash of Bush hatred and a pinch of ignorance of Islamic fundamentalism and world affairs; stir in the blogosphere for a couple of years and what you get is the “9-11 truth movement”.
The only thing that outrivals a feminist zealot is a 9/11 truther. Crusaders for mistaken causes out to convince the world of the enlightened truth that has opened their eyes and made them the most dangerous of converts.
Conclub has looked into the arguments of the blame the victim crowd and has (wisely) concluded that an administration that has waged the war in Iraq as incompetently as it has and was apparently unable to manufacture a few small piles of ‘WMD’s’ to placate the home grown opposition cannot be expected to have managed to plan and execute what would have been one of the most elaborate, difficult and malicious conspiracies in the history of mankind.
And if you attempt to lose your sanity by wading into the google blackhole of “9-11 conspiracy”, the one thing you’ll find is that the 9-11 truthers basically cannot agree on any one theory at all. It is a strange amalgamation of hundreds of pet theories, rumors, suppositions and self-important revelations. The only thing they can agree on is that it somehow, someway, must be Bush’s fault and absolutely not the followers of the Religion of Peace seeking to blacken the eye of the Great Satan and usher in the age of a new worldwide caliphate.
I suppose that would be too much of a ‘conspiracy’ for even them to swallow.
In the end the ’9-11 truth movement’ earns only a ‘nice try’. It simply fails the smell test. The facts don’t support it and blind hatred of a president should not spawn the origin of entire political ideologies. Bush will soon be gone and one has to wonder what will become of the fervent foot-soldiers of the latest conspiracy theory. Perhaps they can take up coin collecting to pass the time.
In the end, we were able to debunk each of these assertions with hard evidence and a healthy dose of common sense. We learned that a few theories are based on something as innocent as a reporting error on that chaotic day. Others are the byproducts of cynical imaginations that aim to inject suspicion and animosity into public debate. Only by confronting such poisonous claims with irrefutable facts can we understand what really happened on a day that is forever seared into world history.–the editors of PM