Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 Conspiracy Article Misses The Point

Matt Eagan's Tribune article "9/11 myths still linger" misses a major point about the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. Putting aside the crackpot theories about remote control airplanes and cruise missiles (and the anti-conspiracy crowd always trots out those extreme examples to discredit their opponents), look at the political objectives pursued by Bush/Cheney nationally (PATRIOT Act) and worldwide ("war on terror," "axis of evil") after 9/11. If Bush didn't lean on 9/11 to justify the Iraq War and virtually every other failure of his presidency, then maybe Americans wouldn't be so willing to consider 9/11 conspiracy theories. As it stands, many people are suspicious of the government's account because the events of 9/11 were just a little too convenient for the Bush administration. When the scene is too perfect, you can't blame people for thinking it was staged.

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

Did you read the commentary Six Years Later?

And is six a magic number? It seems like people are making a bigger deal than usual this year.

David Johnsen said...

I think it's probably because the number of Americans who realize how badly Bush screwed up has reached a critical mass over the past year. More than ever, people are upset at the direction our nation took after that fateful day. He had a chance to set our nation straight, but instead he played right into the hands of our attackers. I think there also is added attention because Rudy Giuliani is running for president, and 9/11 is the only wobbly plank he has to stand on.