Saturday, March 13, 2010
"I think the basic facts here indicate that these attacks occurred as a consequence of a conspiracy," Bob Kerrey, the former Democratic senator from Nebraska who was a member of the commission, told me. "Unlike the Kennedy assassination, we're not asking, 'Was there a conspiracy?' In the case of the attack on the United States you begin with the presumption that there was a conspiracy. The 'conspiracy theorists' are presenting an alternative conspiracy."
Whether you take the official view or the conspiracy theorists' view, the 9/11 attacks were not only spectacularly horrific, they were also spectacularly strange and complex. Ultimately, for many of us who aren't experts, choosing what to believe about 9/11 is something like a leap of faith. If you trust members of the 9/11 Commission and the government's structural engineers you'll put your money on the official explanation; in a larger sense, if you trust your government you'll find it truly difficult to comprehend the possibility that anyone on the inside could have been behind something like this.
And it's on the key point of motive -- why would the government do this?
Bob Kerrey, the former Democratic senator from Nebraska who was a member of the
"Unlike the Kennedy assassination, In the case of the attack on the United States you
begin with the presumption that there was a conspiracy.
Whether you take the official view or the conspiracy theorists' view, the 9/11
attacks were spectacularly strange and complex
Choosing what to believe about 9/11 is a leap of faith
That means no matter what you believe about 911. It is a leap of faith. No matter
where you leap, there are consequences.
If you choose to leap into the arms of Cheney/Rove/Zelikow/Bush that means more of the same and a serious acceleration of that "same". This year alone that amounted to a minimum of an unsustainable $1 Trillion military budget and global war.
If you choose to leap the other way and enough people take that leap, then the
logical conclusion of that leap is revolution
There are no decent leaps to choose from.