Friday, November 18, 2005

They'd Rather Pay the Devil Than Move? 

Tucker Carlson takes a hard look at the worldview of 9/11 conspiracy theorists:

In other words, a lot of people seem to think it's possible that the U.S. government had a hand in bringing down the World Trade Center buildings.

Ponder that for a second: The U.S. government killed more than 3,000 of its own citizens. For no obvious reason. Then lied about it. Then invaded two other countries, killing thousands of their citizens as punishment for a crime they didn't commit.

If you really thought this - or even considered it a possibility - how could you continue to live here? You couldn't. You'd leave the United States on the next available flight and not come back. You'd have no choice. Continuing to pay taxes to a government capable of something so evil would make you complicit in the crime.

So of course most of the people who wrote to say they think the government might have been behind 9-11 don't really think the government might have been behind 9-11. For whatever reason, they just like to say so. Which as far as I'm concerned makes them phony and irresponsible.
Don't have much to say except I wish I'd written it.

I'm not sure even this fine-edged argument is sharp enough to cut through the irrational fog shrouding people who'd rather hide in the mist than face a disquieting reality. But it's still good for the rest of us to hear the truth once in awhile, lest we forget, as it is so easy to do as time passes and the job's difficulties don't.

If you really, really liked this -- or even really, really hated it -- there's lots more: