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How Can Demanding Truth Be More Dangerous Than Demanding War?

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Darryl Mason
Thursday, February 18th, 2010

A good question, not asked often enough :

I have one simple question though for anyone free-thinking enough not to immediately follow whatever the voice on the radio tells them. What “conspiracy theorists” are more dangerous and deserve to be shunned by public opinion?

The ones trumpeted by people like Alex Jones whose goal is to have the 9/11 attack investigations to be reopened?

Or the ones feverishly hawked by the likes of Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh that call for the American military to begin attacking Iran?

I don’t believe, or subscribe, to everything I read or hear on alleged ‘conspiracy sites’ like the ones run by Alex Jones or Mike Rivero’s WhatReallyHappened.com, nor does anyone there demand I do so.

I don’t see columnists or commenters, anyone in fact, at those sites demanding my country go to war against people on the other side of the planet who have never done me or my family harm, based on the flimsiest of evidence, or flat-out fearmongery.

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But when I go to The Washington Post, or the New York Times, I see columnists demanding Iran be bombed, now. Again and again. It’s no coincidence of course that is it usually the exact same people who in 2002 filled column after column in those newspapers demanding Iraq be bombed, then invaded.

I often think of the extremely brave men I met and spent time talking to in bars and coffee shops around Ground Zero, back in December 2001. While I went back to my hotel room, or to do more sight-seeing, they went back into the ruins of the World Trade Centre to keep digging for the bits and pieces of their missing friends and former colleagues in the police and fire departments they hoped were still there, so they could give them a proper burial and help their families move on.

Those rescue workers I met, who were near the Twin Towers on 9/11, and were still working at Ground Zero months later, didn’t talk about grand plots or conspiracy theories. They didn’t blame Bush or Cheney or Israelis or Haliburton or the Project For The New American Century.
They just wanted to know why they saw those buildings exploding before, and as, they fell down.

They just wanted to know the truth about what they saw that day, and why their friends died, and why the only pieces of flesh and bone they usually found could fit into a coffee cup. Or a matchbox.

Soon it will be a decade on from 9/11, and those rescue workers (the ones who haven’t died from the effects of 9/11 dust) still don’t know the answers to the questions they asked all those years ago.

The truth. That’s all.

They just want to know the truth.

And that, according to Fox News, makes them “dangerous people”?

The truth, then, must be a whole lot more spectacular and shocking than the Bush administration official story would have us believe.

What other explanation can be there for such hatred and venom directed at those who seek answers to their questions?

This article was posted: Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:03 am

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