For 9/11 conspiricists, it’s been a profitable six years
September 11, 2007 by William K. Wolfrum
Six years ago, an industry arose when the Twin Towers fell. In less time than it took George W. Bush to react, conspiracy theorists had the attacks of 9/11 all figured out.
And that means the rest of us have had to listen to six years of conspiricists screaming at the world to “open your eyes!”
But while Alex Jones and his ilk spread their own flavor of fear to the masses, plenty of others have done the work necessary to make 9/11 conspiracies look like the flimsy nonsense that they are at their heart.
A perfect place to start is at Popular Mechanics, where they recently updated their debunking of all things 9/11 conspiracy. The Journal of Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories also appears to have plenty of info for those looking to educate themselves on the lies and half-truths spread by “9/11 Truthers.” In fact, a quick Google search shows that there are more than a million sites out there dedicated to debunking the conspiracy nonsense.
More than anything, the conspiricists occupied with 9/11 are an extremely trite bunch. Their fusion of rumors, lies, winks and nods are used in the exact same way as those that believe in Intelligent Design. Or that space aliens exist in New Mexico. Or that HIV is a lie. All use the exact same techniques, and all eventually collapse under the sheer weight of their own ridiculousness. At their very heart, conspiracy theories like the ones for 9/11 are little more than logical fallacy parades.
Not that this will change the mind of a true believer, mind you. Because for them, if you don’t believe, you are part of the conspiracy. And, as most of you are very well aware, any time you confront conspiricists with real facts, they just keep throwing the same questions and arguments at you, over and over and over again, in some strange belief that truth can be overcome by persistence or pure force of will.
We will be hearing these 9/11 conspiracies for eons and eons to come. But that won’t make them any more true. It will just make a few more money, while making many others more paranoid.
Don’t believe the conspiracies.