Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:34 AM
Any event which shocks, awes, angers, etc. the American public, particularily acts of war or when many deaths are involved, automatically inspire conspiracy theories.
Famous people that "die before their time", things that have a simple explanation but the public just can't wrap their brain about a perfect confluence of bad dominoes, these seem to require an explanation as difficult to imagine as the original incident.
I can't help comparing 9-11 to Pearl Harbor. There was no way those "little yellow men" could have pulled that off. Go back and read the stuff that was reported immediately after that attack. All the misinformation. All the rumors. It HAD to have been the Germans. FDR HAD to have known about it and allowed it to happen. The west coast is next. We need to round up all the Japanese Americans and put them in camps....whoops, we did do that. Anyway...
All kinds of stuff that was so convoluted and contrived it had to make more sense than the reality.
An enemy, in that case, pulled off a brilliant sneak attack that many thought wasn't even possible. Well, it was possible, by a determined enemy and a bit of luck.
And the simple explanation, in that case a good plan executed well, resulted in a temporary defeat of our forces stationed in Hawaii. They moved there, BTW, from the West Coast because people KNEW that Japan was an emerging threat, as well as knowing that war was imminent.....which gave rise to all the conspiracy theories.
What wasn't known was exactly where, exactly when, and exactly how.
Well, Billy Mitchell knew, but he was blacklisted for his transgressions.
Fast forward now. We have been "at war" with radical Islam for a VERY long time. Long before 9-11. Heck, it wasn't even the first time that these guys tried to take out those very same buildings.
What wasn't known was again, exactly when and exactly how. Though some did speculate about the use of an aircraft as a "bomb", still most thought of hijackings in the conventional sense.
Again...a determined enemy, not afraid to die, with a good plan and almost flawless execution caught us with our pants down. It happens, even to the biggest guy on the block.
Did GWB use this attack as an excuse to further his agenda? Yes. Ditto FDR.
Did he make excellent use of the incident for political gain? Yes. Ditto FDR.
But as time has shown, he (GWB) bungled many of the follow-up stuff to the point of being almost laughable. As did his administration.
So, I guess I am to believe that this same admin. which was by all accounts very inept at the same time was capable of pulling off an amazingly well coordinated and grandiose secret plan to destroy massive US assets, strike a crippling blow to our economy, kill thousands of our citizens AND keep it secret to all but the most "enlightened" of our citizenry?
So which is it? The bunglers or the masterminds? You can't have it both ways.
Sometimes the simplest explanations, as difficult as they are to accept, are indeed the correct explanations.