- I've actually seen and read interviews where Noam Chomsky
comes right out and says, "It's not important who is behind 9/11,
there are so many other things these people are guilty of...other things
are more important." or "it's just an Internet thing".
Sorry Noami - I believe it is THE most important thing. - Peter Zaza
- Not sure if that's a clue for a cryptic crossword, or
I'm about to tell you a story.
- I went to see Naomi
Klein a few nights ago here in Victoria BC Canada. She was finishing up
a book tour for her recently released "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise
of Disaster Capitalism" before heading abroad for the next stage
of her promotional tour. In this excellent book Klein exposes how catastrophic
events become extremely profitable for corporations while enabling governments
to further an agenda of "disaster capitalism". As a speaker
she brings together an aspect that at once encompasses her excellent research
abilities while showing a personal warmth that enhances the impact of
her arguments. I found her to be both very informative and engaging with
the audience. She took a few questions afterwards and it was then I found
myself questioning some of her views. The second speaker up to the microphone
was a gentleman here in Victoria whom I happen to know named Hal Sisson.
- Let me tell you something about Hal Sisson. This man
is a noted author with 10 books published, he is a life-long social activist,
spent 40 years as a lawyer, he's been a stand-up comic, and a few other
vestments and layers I've yet to delve into. He's also 86 years old and
a rare sort of individual who retains a sharp mental faculty despite their
age. Most times I'm with him I forget that this icon is almost twice as
old as myself. I'm heartened to think that it is possible for some of
us to keep it so together despite the ravages of time, but usually it's
about then I lose my thought and start looking for my keys only to find
them in my own pocket. Hal is also a prominent member of the Victoria
9/11 Truth organization - amongst my friends in this group we share a
quiet reverence for this man, as well as an appreciation for being able
to benefit from his wisdom and experience.
- Hal Sisson's question was, "In view of your remarks
relating to events which create economic emergencies and subsequent capitalistic
opportunities and predations - disaster capitalism - do you have any comment
or opinion in regard to the fact that many of them may well be covert
false-flag operations by rogue elements of western government or intelligence
agencies - events such as 9/11, the Gulf of Tonkin or the Madrid and British
bombings?" This was exactly what I kept thinking about all evening
while she described events like Katrina, the tsunami that devastated the
coasts of Southeast Asia, or the fires in Greece. In many instances governments
will clearly manipulate people's misfortune to push through repressive
laws and gross examples of economic opportunism after such events, but
I was also interested in her thoughts on how some of these events are
purposely created within the Hegelian dialectic. Although she is clearly
willing to unveil post 9/11 misdeeds such as the out-sourcing of war operations
to Halliburton and Blackwater, it is the event itself and the forces behind
it to which Hal Sisson's interrogative bespeaks. Her answer started out
all right - she said, "First of all, I'm not so sure I would put
anything past these people. It's just that with these conspiracy theories
I feel that we're taking away all this energy that could be going toward
other issues that are so important right now". Alarm bells started
ringing in my head, I immediately thought to myself "female Chomsky".
I've actually seen and read interviews where Noam Chomsky comes right
out and says, "It's not important who is behind 9/11, there are so
many other things these people are guilty of...other things are more important."
or "it's just an Internet thing". Sorry Noam - I believe it
is THE most important thing. My blood boils every day when I read a news
piece about the War of Terror or anything to do with the Department of
Homeland Criminals, or especially the frequent reports about another one
or two hundred Iraqis dead or wounded.
- You have the unmitigated gall to insinuate that it is
not important when our own soldiers are giving their lives away based
on this horrible lie? I'm sickened to think that some people can be so
callously indifferent or morally bankrupt not to connect the obvious
dots in this situation. Moreover, why should it be such a mental stretch
for anyone to even imagine that the US government was complicit in 9/11
when we have so much declassified material showing their guilt in perpetrating
such acts. That's why Hal Sisson's question is so relevant - because we
know as a matter of historical fact that the Gulf of Tonkin and many others
were false- flag operations, self-inflicted wounds - we know they are more
than capable of it and it is a technique used by military powers since
ancient times. This is not some ludicrous idea, and to pull out the old
utility-knife catch phrase "conspiracy theory" and smear anybody
who questions the official doctrine is not only offensive - it represents
the shoddiest form of logic I can imagine.
- "Condemnation without investigation is the height
of ignorance" - Einstein
- You should have heard the crowd at that precise moment.
As soon as she said "conspiracy theories" there was a murmur
of disapproval toward the questioner, it was like a bunch of trained monkeys
who stand up all at once when the buzzer goes off - and when she wrapped
all of us independently thinking individuals into a neat ball and drop-kicked
us in the gonads with the following summation, "It's just that with
these conspiracy theories I feel that we're taking away all this energy
that could be going toward other issues that are so important right now"
- the audience burst into applause. The mood was something like, "There,
that should put to rest you 9/11 truth idiots, way to go Naomi - we are
cognitively dissonant en masse" . I was crestfallen at that moment
when I saw first hand the results of some studies that show greater than
80% of the public are too apathetic and will just as soon swallow up
the government's propaganda as think for themselves. Sure, we've got our
Naomi Kleins and Noam Chomskys to stand just a little on one side of the
gate while many followers believe they lead the vanguard against the controllers
- but no way will they go that extra step and take a peek over that wall.
I'm not saying she is employed by them or even necessarily conscious of
it - perhaps within her own paradigm she resembles many who just can't
imagine our leaders murdering some of us on purpose to further their
agenda, and yet that's what war is all about. That's the part that is
puzzling - she has no trouble expounding on the methodologies of torture
and crisis manipulation by these people, but her natural curiosity and
professional assiduousness stop short at the root causes of 9/11. Maybe
she feels that if she touches that truth her days flying about doing book
tours are over.
- Naomi's worried about how much energy I've got. Little
does she know I'm a seething mass of thermo-nuclear potential. I've got
enough in me to listen to her build her arguments, present her thorough
research, and draw together elements for her theories. And whoa - look
at that, I've still got plenty left over to examine the various aspects
of 9/11 - who da thunk? As well, since when is it up to you to decide
what subject is deserving of my energy? How would you feel if someone
just wrote off your entire theory by smearing it with a brush and saying,
"it's just not important"?
- Sorry Naomi, I'm disappointed - I still think you are
great author with important, well presented information that everyone
should be made aware of, but your inability to step over that line and
deal with 9/11 is problematic to myself and others - this is precisely
the difficulty we face when it comes to the wider population's suspension
of disbelief regarding this issue. The reaction of that audience demonstrates
so poignantly the struggle we face in bringing forth the truth about 9/11.
Thanks for not tasing Hal.