WHY THE 9/11 CONSPIRACY THEORIES WONT GO AWAY

WHY THE 9/11 CONSPIRACY THEORIES WONT GO AWAY

Your blogger is just back from the Middle East, where he was surprised by the prevelance of 9/11 conspiracy theories, and a general lack of belief that 9/11 happened as reported. Here’s a Time article from September 2006 on the subject. It concentrates on US conspiracists rather than conspiracists from the Arab world.
This is a site giving official rebuttals: http://www.america.gov/st/pubs-english/2006/September/20060828133846esnamfuaK0.2676355.html
and a huge qarticle from “popular Mechanics”
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html

For once, conspiracists can even point at something I wrote in 1999 to demonstrate that “we” knew something was going to happen…”The time of a supranational European FBI has not yet come. But many aspects of a federal law-enforcement system are now in place. It just requires a major cause celebre to complete the picture. Perhaps a major simultaneous terrorist atrocity in more than one capital city would do the trick.” [Policing in Europe: Uniform in Diversity, Intellect 1999 p103] Certainly my graduate students have enjoyed throwing my words back to me.
The point is, though, that politics involves making plans and then reacting to events. Policy papers are always about in the files. Politicians don’t have to manufacture events. They just have to wait for one to come along to justify what they wanted to do anyway. That doesnt mean they actually plan the events. In Madrid, the metro bombings led to the defeat of Aznar’s government. In London the Underground bombings had surprisingly little political impact. In fact the measures that Blair’s government tried to bring in were resisted by parliament.
Ah well…there are still people who don’t believe the Americans went to the moon and that Elvis is alive somewhere. But 9/11 is a little bigger than that. We need to understand beliefs in the Middle East, and cover them better in our own media. I remain surprised by the challenge to my world-view.



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