Thursday, July 19, 2007

A response to the 9-11 truthers

Political consultant Karol Sheinin will be attempting to set the record straight about what happened on 9-11 to make sure that the truthers wacky view doesn't become part of our memory of 9-11:

Polls have indicated that perhaps as many as a quarter of Americans think that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an inside job, or at least that there is more to the story than the official version. In a “South Park” episode that dealt with the 9/11 “truth” movement, probably the most high profile takedown of the 9/11 conspiracy theorists to date, Kyle Broflovski summarizes the “truther” movement simply: any one who believes it is retarded. Political consultant Karol Sheinin will go one further, arguing instead that the government is retarded and could never get its act together to pull off such a grand scheme unnoticed. “I know enough about the government to know that they are generally incompetent, that they can’t keep a secret” said Sheinin. “All these things are way too complicated, there’s no way our government is that powerful.”

But Sheinin worries that the 9/11 “truth” movement might pick up steam and could eventually become part of our national memory. So in September, on the anniversary of the attacks, Sheinin and others will stand at Ground Zero and hand out pamphlets, titled “The Truth About 9/11.” The inside will not be filled with the rants of crazed pseudo-scientists about the inability of fire to melt steel (then why do we fireproof steel?) or the claim that Donald Rumsfeld tipped his hand regarding the impending attacks in Parade magazine. No, Sheinin’s pamphlets will contain actual truths about 9/11, especially the truth that so many “truthers” cannot seem to grasp: that 19 Muslim men of Middle Eastern descent hijacked four planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
How do you handle a truther? Mock them:
Sheinin thinks the real way to handle “truthers” is to mock them: If you take them seriously you give them legitimacy. When it comes to laughable conspiracies, laughing in the face of the conspiracy theorist is totally appropriate.

“Arguing with them is pretty pointless,” said Sheinin. “You have to mock them, you have to show how stupid they really are.”
I think that's the only way to handle anyone on the left (just kidding! Well, sort of :-)


Read the rest of the article, it's pretty funny.