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Betraying Our Trust
Firefightersfor911truth.org’s call to action is wrapped in phony patriotic blather and emotional rhetoric replete with a revelation referring to Mr. Lawyer’s recent “awakening.” I, for one, would prefer that he simply stayed asleep. When I read such sentences as “Now I am asking FOR YOUR HELP TO SAVE OUR BROTHERS, SISTERS, AND OUR COUNTRY!”, I begin to wonder about the motivation of such people, ten years after 9/11.
At the very least it is evidence of a wildly inflated ego (SAVE OUR COUNTRY!) and it also expresses a profound and cynical lack of faith in democracy and our ethical systems. It is especially pernicious in that it exhorts firefighters to expend our hard earned public trust to further propaganda that is poisonous and hurtful.
It is also emblematic of our 21st century fame-obsessed culture where everyone lusts for their moment in the spotlight. (Until you have a website with a YouTube video where you speak at a press conference you haven’t really made it.) In addition, the ubiquity of the World Wide Web and the ease with which a site can be constructed now allows those with nothing substantive to say to do so loudly and with fervor. Christopher Hitchens refers to this vacuous dialogue as the “exhaust fumes of modern society.”
The most damning aspect of what Lawyer and his conspiracist-truther-cronies are doing involves the children of 9/11. Adults like you and me, and yes, eventually the spouses and adult relations of those who died can ignore or tune out the poison and filth but children cannot. In a culture exemplified by the non-stop and all but inescapable barrage of (dis)information, these young children, thanks to 9/11 conspiracists are doomed to deal on a daily basis with the anxiety and fear posed by the lies they hear about the deaths of their parents and close relations. (Your parents were murdered and their killers are all around you: nice message for a ten-year-old.)
Yes, we should be outraged all right, but not at the supposed secret and nefarious forces controlling our country. Our anger should be directed instead at those who, in their destructive quest for self-worth and frenzied self gratification, will stop at nothing including the intentional infliction of pain on families who deserve the right to heal in peace. That’s a conspiracy worth fighting.
……………… Eric Lamar
9/11 Commission Report
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