Truthers and Truth

The fact that big budget hit pieces against 9/11 truth are still being rolled out proves that the establishment is upset that the population is waking up to false flag terror.

These are actor Charlie Sheen’s words.

* He has claimed that the U.S. government was behind the September 11 terror attacks.
* He has said that 'the official 9/11 story is a fraud' and the commission set up to investigate was a whitewash.
* He has appealed to President Barack Obama to hold a new investigation into the attacks on the World Trade Centre towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC.
* He claims the attacks simply served "as the pretext for the systematic dismantling of our Constitution and Bill of Rights".
* He says the administration of former president George Bush was behind the attacks, which they were then able to use to justify an invasion of Iraq.
* He even hints that Osama Bin Laden was working with the CIA up until 9/11.
* He voices doubts over whether the planes really were passenger jets and questions how passports identifying the hijackers survived the infernos.

In 2006, he had said: "It seems to me like 19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75 per cent of their targets, that feels like a conspiracy theory. It raises a lot of questions."

The supporters of the conspiracy theories are called Truthers. I would have preferred if those theories were not seen as conspiracies, because the term conspiracy denotes something illegal and secretive. Scepticism is not conspiratorial. It is a valid way in which to further an argument and to reach the truth. Truth, as has been wisely observed, is relative. Its 'relativity' does not invalidate it if the crux to be reached is facts. Facts can, however, be tampered with. So, how true is the truth?

Is it the death of 3000 Americans that has caused such resultant havoc or is it, as Sheen observes, a political agenda? It is to the credit of independent voices that raise these queries. The fact that they feel the need to ask these questions itself is cause to sit up and think.

Many more Americans, soldiers, died fighting for a ’cause’. They are still being sent off on flimsy grounds.

And the citizens will have to replay the “where were you on that day” scenario. It does not matter that even in countries far away people have to think about it.

I have a list, too, that I have brought our earlier:

1. Where were you when the Partition of India happened?
2. Where were you during the Bangladesh War?
3. Where were you when Indira Gandhi was assassinated?
4. Where were you when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was executed?
5. Where were you when the anti-Sikh pogrom took place?
6. Where were you when Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber?
7. Where were you when parts of Eastern Europe were being spliced?
8. Where were you when the Gujarat earthquake happened?
9. Where were you when the Bombay riots of 1992-93 took place? Where were you when the Bombay blasts happened soon after?
10. Where were you when Godhra happened? Where were you when the Gujarat riots were taking place?
11. Where were you when Iraq and Iran went to war and stayed that way for eight years?
12. Where were you when the Gulf War happened?
13. Where were you during Operation Desert Storm?
14. Where were you when the US started bombing Afghan civilians to look for a man in a cave?
15. Where were you when America attacked Iraq to look for weapons that they have not yet found?
16. Where were you when Kargil happened?
17. Where were you when Swat was taken over?
18. Where were you when blasts keep occurring?
19. Where are you when hundreds die each day because of lack of food, hygiene, shelter?

There are so many reasons to know where we were…and these queries are not posed to you. For, even I do not know where I was when most of these disasters/calamities took place. So I do not know where I was when 9/11 happened.

But we are supposed to know. The media in our subcontinent will remind us because they cannot feel left out. People who do not want to think about other societies would also find this important enough to recall.

I can understand those who live in the US having vivid memories; or those who have relatives there being worried, but I do not see why that date should become a part of our local psyche. To be concerned about the new world order, terrorism, religion and politics is of course important, but to deify a date? But then we also remember when Princess Diana met with that fateful accident.

Therefore, I wonder if expats could check with the Americans and other Westerners if they recall any of the incidents I have mentioned. Do they know where they were when these events took place?

If we wish to talk about a world where equality must reign, then knowledge of other societies is a great equaliser.

And that is more effective than any version of truth or ‘truthers’.

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