Of the many, many things there are to know about 9/11, here are three that I hang on to. Other suggestions are welcome. What is not fact about 9/11 is voluminous: the Jews did it, the government did it, they hate our freedoms, etc., etc. But here are three (proposed) facts:
(1) The horror could have been prevented. Every indication is that the government knew about Muslim men being trained to fly planes. It is common knowledge (as a college student repeated to me even today) that the Muslims weren’t interested in learning how to land. The government’s own 9/11 report notes that the Bush administration was so focused on making war in Iraq that no news of bin Laden’s threat was going to be taken seriously, especially since he didn’t say when and where. He was always threatening us.
Oh, that’s SUCH a load of bullshit.
I don’t buy the “hindsight is 20/20″ argument. We are paying our intelligence community for FOREsight. We are paying them to know when and where. How could something this big have gone down unnoticed? It was the same group that totally misjudged the strength of the USSR. When our intelligence community blows it, they blow it big.
I do not trust the government to fulfill its most basic function, which is to protect the country. The FBI was indeed aware of the early planning stages of the attacks. It was a massive, unconscionable failure. Here's more evidence: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/291-144/13411-focus-more-ev... .
(2) Once again the awful destructive power of religion is on display. The main reason Osama staged 9/11 was to get the US off sacred Saudi soil. That’s right; 3,000 people died because of their stupid fucking sacred soil. That’s really what it was about. A few years later, while making expensive and bloody war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we quietly withdrew from Saudi Arabia, which no doubt made Osama happy.
(3) This is not a matter of a great, wonderful religion, with a small group of bad guys. Muslims are involved in many armed conflicts around the world. I gag when I read about how a small group of fanatics has “hijacked” Islam, which is truly a religion of peace. Well, they’re reading from the same crazy holy book! It is or it is not a religion of peace, depending on what you decide to make of this ridiculous, self-contradictory, mess of a holy text. And to think people waste their lives memorizing it.
Why care about these medieval ravings? Why do people let dead barbarians tell them how to behave? Peace is better than war. Killing is not better than not killing. How basic do we have to get?
I also gag when I read about how moderate Muslims are trying to build bridges to their fellow Americans, to show how peaceloving they are. Well, great. People should make peaceful gestures to each other. But the reason non-Muslims feel threatened is that they know that the Muslims, however nice they are, are reading from the same holy book, which can be taken to mean befriend the infidel or attack the infidel. Non-Muslims don’t know which.
It’s just a bunch of crazy, medieval scribblings that should have nothing to do with modern life. And yet we have ongoing sectarian Muslim violence ON EACH OTHER because of differences in opinion about what happened hundreds of years ago. It is truly insane.
So those are the few underpinning facts that I cling to in the maelstrom of information and disinformation about 9/11. Readers are welcome to correct me or to add their own. I seek only the truth.