Tuesday, 24 April 2007

9/11 Nonsense

Is there nowhere on the Internet these days where you can get away from '9/11 Truthers' making stupid claims about George Bush blowing up the World Trade Center with nuclear bombs and lasers? I'm getting sick of them infesting every forum on the Web regardless of what the subject of the forum is supposed to be.

Their 'evidence' is laughable, often destroyed in seconds by someone who understands physics and engineering, yet no matter how many times they're debunked, they'll either come back with yet another stupid claim to be debunked, or simply repeat the same claim louder. They've never seriously studied physics or engineering, haven't even bothered to read the NIST reports which explain in detail how and why the WTC buildings collapsed, yet believe themselves to be experts because they've watched a few videos.

Just to give one example, they repeatedly talk about how the towers fell 'at free fall speed'. Yet as someone who does understand physics, two seconds of the collapse video was enough for me to think 'hang on'... and ten seconds enough to demonstrate the assertion was simply absurd. The videos clearly show debris from the towers falling faster than the towers themselves; so how can the towers be 'falling at free fall speed'? How can anyone with any degree of intelligence fail to notice this?

They claim that the buildings were brought down by explosives, yet photographs show the walls around the impact sites bending before the collapse and photographs and videos clearly show that the tops of the towers were tilting several degrees before they fell. Videos and photos also show that the collapse began around the impact point. Are we supposed to believe that the government put explosives into the buildings that none of the thousands of people working there happened to notice, merely in order to make the buildings collapse just as though they'd been brought down by terrorists flying airliners into them? It's crazy.

As with so many conspiracy theorists, the 'theory' isn't supported by any real evidence, it's just a collection of 'inconsistencies' which they don't understand. They're like cockroaches, destroy one 'inconsistency' and there'll be another one along a few minutes later. None of them actually prove anything, and no serious investigator would give them more than a few seconds thought, but the '9/11 Truthers' can spend years passing the same nonsense around as though it's received wisdom from Bob.

Now, I'm not surprised that so many people are ignorant and easily-led, but I am surprised that so many people are happy to advertise their ignorance so blatantly.

If 'inconsistencies' make an argument, then think for a moment about a couple of inconsistencies with the '9/11 Truth' world-view:

If George Bush is so evil that he would arrange a plot to kill thousands of Americans so he can invade Iraq, and the '9/11 Truthers' have proof of this... why hasn't he had them killed too? Who's going to miss a couple of dozen dead wackos?

Why hasn't Bush planted WMDs in Iraq? It would be trivial to do, it would make him a hero... yet he hasn't. I myself am amazed that the US government didn't simply plant some, yet they've clearly not even been willing or able to sink to that level. And we're supposed to believe they'd blow up the WTC and kill thousands?

Now, I'm willing to accept that some people in the government may have had information that might have allowed them to stop the attack and failed to act; note that I'm not saying they did so deliberately, they might have missed the significance of the information they had, or they might just have been overworked and considered it a lower priority than other potential attacks. Regardless of the reasons, a serious investigation into why the US government didn't stop the attack despite vast billions of dollars going into 'intelligence' seems essential.

But the idea that a government that can't even fake some WMDs could create a plot that would require the involvement of thousands of people to murder thousands of Americans and destroy two iconic buildings and keep it secret to anyone other than a few wackos is just absurd.

Worse than that, if anyone in the government did have advance warning of the 9/11 attacks and deliberately sat on it to allow the attacks to go ahead, the '9/11 Truthers' are distracting from any investigation into such events by making those who might question the government's actions look like fruitcakes.

Or is that the point? Is Bush paying these people to distract from the real unanswered questions about 9/11?

Now there's a conspiracy for you.

6 comments:

Brian said...

My medico-biological definition of the human brain is: "That organ which is responsible for devising means and justifications for doing what we feel like doing."

So if the 'spiratorialists want to believe W set up 9/11, they will. And their little crania will bubble with justifications and fantasy-plots to keep the thrill alive. Unless you can offer them some way of feeling even better with some other project, of course.

Alien Anthropologist said...

That's not a bad idea; maybe we should make up some more glamorous conspiracy theory to distract them from 9/11.

mal said...

There are many engineers and architects who find the official account difficult to accept and who want a new enquiry.Why not do so?
Secondly the term 'conspiracy theory' is silly. Even though there are many wackos out there, it shouldn't be forgotten that the official theory is also a conspiracy theory which involves 19 terrorists who are often still alive.

incredulous

mal said...

There are many engineers and architects who find the official account difficult to accept and who want a new enquiry.Why not do so?
Secondly the term 'conspiracy theory' is silly. Even though there are many wackos out there, it shouldn't be forgotten that the official theory is also a conspiracy theory which involves 19 terrorists who are often still alive.

incredulous

mal said...

There are many engineers and architects who find the official account difficult to accept and who want a new enquiry.Why not do so?
Secondly the term 'conspiracy theory' is silly. Even though there are many wackos out there, it shouldn't be forgotten that the official theory is also a conspiracy theory which involves 19 terrorists who are often still alive.

incredulous

mal said...

There are many engineers and architects who find the official account difficult to accept and who want a new enquiry.Why not do so?
Secondly the term 'conspiracy theory' is silly. Even though there are many wackos out there, it shouldn't be forgotten that the official theory is also a conspiracy theory which involves 19 terrorists who are often still alive.

incredulous