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Conspiracy Becomes Mainstream

Posted on 18 September 2006 by Ed Z

A few years ago, someone sent me a link to a 9/11 conspiracy website. I can’t
remember which one, but it concerned itself mostly with the Pentagon. In line
with most of today’s conspiracy theorists, it claimed a missile hit the
Pentagon, not a hijacked commercial jet.  I dismissed it.

Now, all this time later, these theories are picking up major steam. 
What concerns me though, is not the theorists themselves (they’re going to be
around forever), but the increasing belief in these theories. It is now becoming
mainstream to believe 9/11 was an "inside job" cooked up mainly as an
excuse to go to war in the Middle East.

A recent Scripps survey reveals the following:

More than a third of the
American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the
9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them…

Thirty-six percent of
respondents overall said it is "very likely" or
"somewhat likely" that federal officials either
participated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon or took no action to stop them "because they wanted
the United States to go to war in the Middle East."

Source: http://newspolls.org/story.php?story_id=55

The enthusiasm that Americans have in embracing these theories finally struck
me when I ran into an old friend shortly after the foiled airline terror plot
this summer. She mentioned having to take a flight in the near future and though
she had some worries, she felt the plot was fiction.

Here she was, feeling quite comfortable admitting to buying into some sort of
conspiracy theory in spite of the dangers. It was then I realized conspiracy had
gone mainstream.

So I’ve been trying to figure out why. Why are people so willing to believe
these theories? And I’ve concluded it is the unwillingness to admit to an enemy
whose devotion to killing us goes far beyond what my generation has ever
known.  It is a belief out of convenience.

It’s easier to believe your government did this because you can vote them out
of power, they can be held accountable, you can scream, spit venom, and call for
impeachments without fear of retribution. It is easier to sleep at night when
there really aren’t fanatics waiting to blow your morning flight out of the sky.

Fighting radical Islam is a daunting task that in even the best estimations
will take decades and cost many lives. This is hard to grasp, hard to live with;
it takes will. A will few Americans have anymore.  And fortunately for
them, if it is real, they can still blame the government for not doing enough to
protect them.

 

11 Comments For This Post

  1. Colin Says:

    What is wrong with this country when we continue to believe in the boogyman and the boogyman is the US Government?

  2. Ed Z Says:

    It is easier to believe for some people. In their minds, if they just get rid of Bush and the administration they’ve solved the problem.

  3. JR Says:

    If we allow ourselves to beleive the conspiracy ‘theorists’ then we are putting ourselves at risk by letting our guard down. The bottom line is this: Wether or not this was an “inside job” there is and always will be groups of people wanting to harm Americans because of our beleifs. We need to protect ourselves and not feel the need to push our way of thinking on other countries. America has an open door policy, if you don’t like it where you are, come stay with us…

  4. Ed Z Says:

    I agree with you JR, with one caveat, if foreign leaders help or encourage the successful killing of Americans then I’m all for pushing our way of thinking on them.

  5. Fawkes Says:

    The Bogeyman is real, gentlemen, and its name is “Big Government”. You would have to be monumentally naive to believe otherwise. One just has to look to the past for precedents, for a government to galvanize a divided nation to support war.
    For examples,
    1) Nero burned Rome, blamed Christians,
    2) Remember the Maine! (1898),
    3) Reichstag Fire (1933) [http://www.prop1.org/park/reichsta.htm],
    4) Pearl Harbor (1941). As described in the infamous McCollum Memo. On October 7, 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum of the Office of Naval Intelligence submitted a memo to Navy Captains Walter Anderson and Dudley Knox. Captains Anderson and Knox were two of President Roosevelt’s most trusted military advisors.
    The memo, detailed an 8 step plan to provoke Japan into attacking the United States. President Roosevelt, over the course of 1941, implemented all 8 of the recommendations contained in the McCollum memo. Following the eighth provocation, Japan attacked. The public was told that it was a complete surprise, an “intelligence failure”, and America entered World War Two.
    5) Operation Northwoods (1962) [http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf]
    6) Gulf of Tonkin (1964) [http://www.nsa.gov/vietnam/index.cfm]

  6. Ed Z Says:

    So then Fawkes, you believe 9/11 was an inside job?

  7. Fawkes Says:

    I did not say that. I merely pointed out that it has been done in the past. I try to keep an open mind and wait to view the evidence. Looking at how long it took the McCollum Memo (62 yrs) and Operation Northwoods documents (~40 yrs), it may be awhile before hard evidence surfaces, if it exists at all.

  8. Fawkes Says:

    Do you find it inconceivable that your government would be willing to sacrifice 3000+ citizens in order to launch a “popular” war?

  9. Ed Z Says:

    Possible? Yes, anything is possible. Probable? I don’t think it is.
    And aside from probabilities and likelihoods, personally, I don’t believe it was an inside job.

  10. The Broken Chair Says:

    Celebrity September 11 Conspiracy Club

    Rubber Chickens abound!

  11. Chris Says:

    If it was an inside job that would be the worst decision ever made in the history of the entire world.

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