Thursday, June 21, 2007

Islamists and Truthers

Here is a rather typical Islamofascist video that seems to find its way onto YouTube all too easily these days.

The other genre of video lunacy proliferating on YouTube is the 9/11 Truther rant. This comes up in many forms, the most famous of which is the Loose Change series.

I love this clip of two utterly unhinged LC Truthers confronted by dispassionate geeks from Popular Mechanics who debunk claims that the World Trade Center was a controlled demolition rather than a suicide attack by the religious fanatics idolized in video lunacy genre #1 above.

What to make of this disconnect with reality? Why are there Truthers at all when there are plenty of people falling all over them selves to claim responsibility for the 9/11 attacks? Do they really think Mohammad Atta was working for Controlled Demolition Corporation rather than Al Qaeda?

My theory on this is pretty simple.

The people who believe that the Bush Administration planned and executed a vast conspiratorial program to stage what would look like an attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are clinging to what they know is untrue because the truth itself is too disturbing for them to bear.

That truth is that there is a fascist political movement fueled by religious intolerance and petrodollars that poses a very real threat to the United States and every other liberal society. Perhaps the most disturbing element is that George W. Bush has pinned his legacy on countering this political movement with violence if necessary.

To accept that Al Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon as part of a virulently illiberal political agenda would be to concede that on some fundamental level Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and all the neo-cons of legend are correct in their estimation of the threat.

To many people – including the 35% of Democrats who believe 9/11 was orchestrated by the Bush Administration – that truth is simply too hard to swallow.

It's far more comforting to believe that thousands of government employees secretly worked on "Operation Reichstag" for months if not years to bring about the 9/11 attacks in order to justify a war of conquest against the peaceful people of the Middle East.

That fits a bit more reassuringly into their pre-existing ideological beliefs.

I'm still waiting for the GS-9 whistleblower to come forward with a thousand slide PowerPoint deck explaining the program and reams of memos about confidentiality, diversity training, Hatch Act restrictions, T&E policy, and a baseball cap with the "Op Reichstag" logo that was handed out at the annual family picnic back in 2001.

In the meantime, the actual fascists are being trapped and slaughtered in Baqubah right now in Operation Arrowhead Ripper.

As Michael Yon reports, our guys are not dropping leaflets asking for the "insurgents" to surrender. They're searching for them and killing them, one by one.

A disturbing reality. But real nonetheless.

And finally, here's a sign of hope. Watch a bunch of jihadis break the cycle of violence by surrendering to an aircraft as it flies menacingly over their heads.

Jihad is over. If you want it.

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