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The Joy of Conspiracy Denial

2010/06/11

Carol Cleveland wrote a very perceptive article on OpEdNews.com, May 2009, called “The Joy of Conspiracy Denial“.  It should be noted that the official story is about a conspiracy as well, so the title is misleading.  But so thoroughly are we, collectively, in denial of conspiracies that we tend to forget or even deny that that story was about a conspiracy.

Quoting a couple of the most pertinent paragraphs:

“So the psychological comforts of the official story are several and real: you get a clearly defined enemy, a simple solution to a complex foreign policy problem, you get to feel morally superior to your enemy because you’re more civilized and don’t kill civilians, and finally, if you know something of the history of American policy in the Near East, you get to feel superior to those who don’t.”

“It’s entirely understandable that any American should believe the official 9-11 story. And, of course, to consider seriously for an instant that there could be something seriously wrong with that story, to imagine that as possible, really does change everything, just like 9-11 itself. If there’s a chance that Americans colluded in those horrors, then the entire mental structure of our sanity, which we’ve lived in all our lives, has a serious crack, a San Andreas Fault, right down the middle. If we think it possible that “We have met the enemy, and he is us,” then everything previously unthinkable is thinkable.”

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