09/11/2001: We Will Never Know?

I’ve always had an issue with those “We will always remember” bumper stickers that I see on buildings and vehicles.  I’m curious: What exactly is it that we’re supposed to remember?  Certainly, it was a horrible event, but there’s so much rhetoric about this date, that it becomes difficult to determine what exactly happened.  In fact, it seems that there’s little public outrage over the fact that we really don’t know what happened on that day.

Recently, a video called The Ultimate Con was posted.  It includes a wide variety of media clips related to interviews shortly after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.  Overall, I find the music to be overly dramatic and silly, but the content is good.  Some points made in the movie:

  • There has been no credible explanation for the buildings that were destroyed.  For example, no plane wreckage or debris was found from the Pentagon crash, and experts are quoted as saying that there’s no way the damage was caused by aircraft.
  • There’s no credible explanation for the explosions that were heard in the WTC buildings after the plane crashes.  Very little investigation has been done.

Whether or not you believe there was a conspiracy, it seems hard to oppose the investigation and discovery of more information.  Some interesting theories are related to Operation Northwoods (Wikipedia) – a plan that involves our government staging attacks to help change public sentiment.  Certainly, the U.S. wasted no time in framing Iraq for the attack, and today a large proportion of the population still believes the lie. 

What bothers me the most is that people don’t seem to respect scientific evidence and studies.  While experts are available (and are trying to show their points), screaming religious zealots seem to get far more air-time.  For a specific example, see timepoint 01:20:00.  If you can stomach hearing his voice, see 01:30:00 for some quotes from President Bush.  Suppose the conspiracy theories are true, the question must become, why were the America people so ready to believe this without any request for facts or investigation?

Most Americans are probably used to this, but it seems unlikely that we’ll ever get any reasonable explanation for the attacks.  Once recent story, Airlines sue FBI, CIA over Sept. 11, does indicate that there’s some potential for change.  Still, with an abandonment of logic and reason and a migration towards listening to media sound bites, it seems that everyone will be left to speculate for themselves.

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1 Comment

  1. August 22, 2008 at 8:10 am

    […] August 22, 2008 at 8:10 am (Political, Social) Despite all of the “We will always remember” bumper stickers, it seems that Americans have largely forgotten that three buildings were destroyed on September 11th, 2001.  World Trade Center Building 7 mysteriously collapsed many hours after buildings 1 and 2 fell.  It’s understandable that the Bush Administration would fail to investigate this – secrecy and cover-ups are daily operating procedures for them.  But shouldn’t people be asking for an explanation?  I posted about this topic a little over a year ago (see 09/11/2001: We Will Never Know?). […]


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