Saturday, May 07, 2005


Irrational 9/11 Denial

Why is it that many people generally considered to be on the “left” vehemently debunk any notion that 9/11 was an inside job? Noam Chomsky, an icon of the left for decades, has consistently pooh-poohed the idea that the Bush regime orchestrated the tragedy. The Nation writer David Corn makes light of the very thought. And Ward Churchill, who has recently benefited from the strong support of those on the left for his freedom of speech, makes the stunning claim that saying 9/11 was actually perpetrated by the Bush regime is tantamount to saying that people of color are too stupid to have planned and executed such a complex operation. And just listen to “liberal” talk radio! You won’t find much in the way of opinion that would not have been approved by Democratic Party headquarters.

One writer correctly observes that such denial has become downright irrational, leading one to question either the mental faculties or the political agendas of these debunkers.

I for one supported Churchill’s right to state his views. And basically, I think his “roosting chickens” thesis is correct. Trouble is, the man has invested so much in this thesis that he can’t see straight any more. He’s dug a hole for himself, and can’t climb out. If he admits that 9/11 was an inside job, that would be seen by many people as undermining his view of 9/11 as blowback. And since it’s such a good example —maybe the all-time best example — of chickens coming home to roost, he can’t afford to give it up. It’s clouded his judgment and is making him say irrational things to defend himself.

After a lot of hard work by many investigators, the case for 9/11 being an inside job is now very strong. Once you’ve read over the evidence and given the matter a little thought, the denials and debunking of these left gatekeepers sound more and more like preposterous absurdities. What are these people so afraid of? If they want to believe Bush’s flimsy, contradiction-ridden story of 9/11, that’s fine. But one naturally wonders why they are so intent on debunking and ridiculing the inside-job theory, that they are now making fools of themselves by spouting irrationalities.

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