My son Luke posted this a couple of years ago and I think about it when I read posts on 9/11 conspiracies.
I am a proud parent and I think he did a good job on critical thinking. Critical thinking is hard to do when you are filled with emotion...
Luke's Blog--- Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Current mood: annoyed
First off, as impactful as the events of that day were on all our lives, this date is inherently more relevant to the citizens of the big apple. That said, being in NYC on September 11th has a bit of a different feel than being in a remote city. I'm sure it's analogous to being in New Orleans around the end of August...it's just a bit more "real". I work down the street from Ground Zero, so this year I have naturally been compelled to watch more documentaries, read more articles, and consider different points of view.
So this may be a day late and $3.50 short, but I gotta rant about 9/11 conspiracy theories...
I really don't know shit about science. I don't know shit about physics; I don't know shit about engineering; and I don't know shit about the explosive properties of jet fuel. Lot's of people do know shit about science, and a lot of those people have used their knowledge of science to analyze the unprecedented events that took place that day.
The problem is a lot of different, yet equally viable theories arose from the ashes. A lot of smart, knowledgeable, credible people said what you saw was what you got: some big planes hit some big buildings and caused some big damage. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html)
Some equally smart, knowledgeable, and credible folk said that there was more than meets the eye; that big planes hitting big buildings did not account for big disaster. (http://www.physics911.net/closerlook)
Whatever. I'm not smart enough or schooled enough to pick apart a physicist's arguments regarding physics. A world renowned proponent OR opponent of 9/11 conspiracy theories could sit me down, bust out a Bunsen burner, and convince me through the magic of science that they have a 4 foot dick.
But everybody's dick looks big on a 60-inch TV, my sister's dick look big on TV! I digress...
My point is that from a scientific perspective, to the untrained eye (me), the conspiracy theories seem just as feasible as the putative truth. So I have to examine the issue from a different perspective. The subjective Luke perspective! :-p
You may have figured out by now that I do not buy into the conspiracy theories. If you didn't figure it out, I'm telling you now.
It really comes down to Occum's razor... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_Razor
"All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the right one"
What is more likely? That things happened exactly the way they appeared, or...
That the U.S. government (specifically this administration) concocted a diabolical plan to attack it's own people in order to gain the support needed to start a war, so that they could seize a region chalk full of L.A.'s most valuable natural resource, oil, and in turn become slightly richer (I say slightly richer because 99% of politicians are filthy rich to being with).
They follow through with this plan with the foresight that if they are exposed, they will certainly be tried for treason, and at best spend the rest of their lives incarcerated. But their plan is air-freakin' tight. It must be. How else could they manage to execute it without getting caught?
I mean, shit, it's six years later and the only people who have sniffed them out are some left wing commies. It's amazing to me that out of all the people that must have been involved in the cover up, no one has spilled the beans, or come clean.
I mean, A LOT of people must have been in on it in order to pull it off. An endeavor of this scale must be incredibly complicated to execute. Right? How the hell do you blow up the countries financial Mecca, partially blow up the headquarters for the Department of Defense, and make 2,500+ people disappear in the process...without a boatload of human resources???
How could the same people who pulled off this impossibly difficult scheme be so inept at everything else they do? It's mind-blowing...
Come on...I mean....come....on.
Some of these beliefs are not only ridiculous, they're reprehensible. Many people who believe that this was an inside job also believe that the families of the "supposed" victims, or the victims themselves, were in on it. I'm not exactly a sensitive guy, but wow, that's just incredibly insensitive to everyone who lost a loved one on that day. Fuuuuuuck huuuggghhhhh!
I will entertain some conspiracy theories. Some argue that while the government did not execute the attack, they were aware of it. While I find this highly improbable, I find it infinitely more probable than the drivel I mocked earlier. I find it highly improbable because A) I think the truth would have leaked out by now, B) It doesn't make much sense to me that we would foil similar terrorist plots before and after 9/11...but we knowingly let this one slip through, and C) Even though I believe the majority of politicians and government leaders are corrupt or corruptible....I don't believe they are sociopaths. Only a sociopath would allow this to happen for personal gain.
George W. Bush isn't evil...he's just retarded...recognize.