My heartfelt appreciation for providing a forum to discuss the events surrounding 9/11. For too long, too many have been afraid to confront the glaring holes in the official account, and I for one am happy that in a place with so many thoughtful and intelligent people, we might begin to have an honest and open discussion about this vitally important topic.
“Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don’t practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us — and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.” ~ Carl Sagan
Personally, I’ve always been puzzled by so many who unquestioningly believe in the official story. After all of the lies we have been told and all of the other depths we already know the Administration has plumbed, refusing to even consider placing 9/11 in the list of Bushist crimes simply doesn’t make sense.
Interestingly enough, many of the same folks who vehemently deny and ridicule any deviation from the official story of 9/11 will invariably rip to shreds the most trifling inaccuracy in any other government or media report. Yet when it comes the topic of 9/11, many of these same proud skeptics mimic the brainwashed soldiers in Manchurian Candidate, repeating the same unthinking ‘extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’ mantra over and over while absolutely (and often aggressively) defying any attempts to suggest a different narrative.
Extraordinary claims do not require extraordinary evidence. They require the same evidence as any other claim. What’s more, who is to say what an extraordinary claim really is – that 19 poorly
educated trained and barely armed men were able to wholly compromise to devastating effect the security and intelligence apparatus of the most powerful nation on earth, and that they did so without the complicity of someone inside that apparatus? Now that is what I call extraordinary.
“We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.”~ Tad Williams
In truth, I believe the stubborn reticence in considering alternative explanations for 9/11 is due in large part to emotional rather than intellectual reasons: many people just don’t want to go there, because they are scared to death of confirming what they may already suspect. Namely, that the Leaders of our government are willing to indiscriminately murder us to achieve their political objectives.
This idea is just too mind boggling for some people to ever even begin to consider, so they instead defend the official fairy tale as if its gospel truth – because they know that to question the sacred story is to open the door to questioning the very foundations of our faith in America, its government, and our democratic system.
“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world. “~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Yet what use are democratic principles if we unflinchingly accept that our leaders can remain wholly unaccountable for even the most heinous crimes committed against us? Moreover, without that accountability, what’s to stop that same Leadership from committing even worse atrocities against us in the future?
Is that to say we know for a fact that Cheney and his cabalists premeditatedly planned and carried out the attacks on 9/11? No. But if there is even the slightest chance that they did so, or knowingly let it happen (which is just as bad), it is imperative that we fully investigate those facts, because there is simply too much at stake for our country and our democracy to bury our heads in the sand in the vain hope this will all just go away with the next President.
So thank you again, buhdydharma, for your courage in helping to learn the truth.