Thursday, November 05, 2009

Boing Boing On the "Truthers"

Nice, sensible article here:

I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but Yeats's words in "The Second Coming" seem strangely apt when it comes to 9/11 Truth: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity." Which isn't to say that 9/11 Truthers are all "bad." Many of them -- Daniel Edd Bland III, for one -- are absolutely sincere and well-intentioned. Part of the reason I try to avoid getting into arguments with them is because I don't want to seem to be impugning their intelligence or their characters. What's "worst" in them is their critical methodology-their emotionally-colored, conspiratorial, often magically deterministic view of the world.

As usual, the real hilarity comes in the comments. One particularly dense Troofer starts yammering about "and my personal favourite: How many of you here have ever read or heard or seen any kind of stories from the Arab world where a father or mother was interviewed about their missing hijacker son? Not one of those 19 hijackers families ever came forward to claim that, "yes it was my son, he did it". When links to a couple of such interviews are posted, he does the usual jump to another topic. Never mind that this was supposedly his "favourite" piece of evidence.

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