I have not written about 9/11 on the run-up to yesterday’s anniversary, neither did I comment on any blog posts on the subject. It seemed to me it would be superfluous.
But what I was glad not to see was too much being made of the conspiracy theories that blame the Bush administration for either Letting it Happen or Making it Happen On Purpose.
I did enjoy the 9/11 Conspiracy Road Trip programme that saw Irish comedian, Andrew Maxwell, take five British ‘truthers’ from New York to Washington to see if he could persuade them that perhaps their opinions were misguided.
It was interesting to see how people can hang on to their beliefs in the face of evidence to the contrary, never questioning the holes in their own arguments.
For example, it is claimed that the phone calls from Flight 93 were faked and the prima facie evidence was the call of one passenger to his mother in which he introduced himself as, ‘Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham.’
Surely no-one calls his mum and gives his full name? Perhaps not in normal circumstances, which these weren’t, but the alternative is to assume that government agents were smart enough to fake the call and dumb enough to get the script wrong.
The outcome of the programme was that one ‘truther’ completely changed his views, two wavered and had doubts while the other two staunchly stuck to their beliefs.
The programme that really exposed the reality of the day for me though was the accidental documentary produced by French filmmakers, Gedeon and Jules Naudet. Truly moving and here is a clip from YouTube.