We need a term like “9/11 Denial” to underscore the measure of our disgust with the propagators of these stories. 9/11 denial is the same thing as Holocaust denial, except it dismisses, writes off, or explains away two missing skyscrapers and four missing passenger aircraft instead of six million missing Jews and three million missing Poles.
It is a general characteristic of historical revisionism that a vicious crime is denied, explained away, or blamed on someone else– as exempliefied by the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984. This in turn encourages future dictators to commit genocides by teaching them that history forgets and erases, or can be made to forget and erase. Adolf Hitler cited the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as proof that he could get away with a Final Solution for Jews, Gypsies, and later Poles and other Slavic “Untermenschen.” Holocaust denial has in turn encouraged dictators like Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Slobodan Milosevic, and the butchers of Darfur to believe that “Never Again” is an empty slogan.
Another form of revisionism acknowledges the crime but blames it on someone else. After its invasion of Poland in 1939, the Soviet Union murdered thousands of Polish military officers in the Katyn Forest. They then “discovered” the bodies a year or two later, showed them to American reporters, and blamed the atrocity on the Nazis. It is hard to have much sympathy for the Nazis who were innocent of this particular crime only for want of opportunity (given their racial policies toward Poles) but it does illustrate the basic principle. The 9/11 deniers at MoveOn.org practice the same kind of thing by blaming the destruction of the Twin Towers on controlled demolition by the Bush Administration and/or Jewish real estate developers, while exonerating the true perpetrators: militant “Islamic” barbarian savages that are worthy not of negotiation or appeasement, but extermination like rabid animals.
One MoveOn.org posting, which garnered overwhelming approbation from the other participants, even said that some of the hijackers had been seen alive afterward. Others said that missiles and not airplanes had hit the Pentagon and the Twin Towers. The airplane passengers had families who doubtlessly find these statements worse than reprehensible. This puts MoveOn.org and the Jeff Rense Show at the same moral level as those who show up at our soldiers’ funerals, insult the families, and say they were glad the soldiers were killed.
There was a time in our country when anyone who behaved that way at a military funeral was likely to be beaten to a pulp or even lynched while the police looked the other way. While we do not take the law into our own hands in a civilized country, we would exercise our own First Amendment right to tell the funeral hecklers that we were sorry they were not burned to death in the Twin Towers on 9/11. Furthermore, if a member of the soldier’s family were to step forward and break the heckler’s jaw on the spot, we would vote to acquit him of assault on the grounds that the heckler had provoked the violence with “fighting words.” (”Hey, man, I see that your dad/ brother/ son got what he deserved for being an Zionaziimperialist pig–” [Sound of relative’s fist making contact with the heckler’s face] “You just got what you deserved for being subhuman gutter trash.”)
The English language unfortunately lacks a specific word for someone who is so despicable and reprehensible that he deserves to be regarded as less than human, and in fact unworthy of the respect a lady or gentleman accords a pet or domestic animal. If such a word existed, we would apply it to the funeral hecklers. MoveOn.org, Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, and the Jeff Rense Show. MoveOn.org must be exposed as the anti-Semitic, racist, anti-Christian, and 9/11 denial hate group that it is and the political career of every single candidate who accepts its support must be destroyed. For the record, here is a list of those who have accepted this reprehensible organization’s endorsement:
Ned Lamont (CT)
Patrick Murphy for U.S. Congress (PA-08)
Diane Farrell for U.S. Congress (CT-04)
Robert Byrd for U.S. Senate (WV)
Bob Casey for U.S. Senate (PA)
Nick Lampson for U.S. Congress (TX-22)
Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate (OH)
Francine Busby for U.S. Congress (CA-50)
Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate (FL)
Meanwhile, we have no problem with Jeff Rense and his friends talking about UFOs, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night but we have a big problem with making a circus of the mass murder of 3000 Americans by militant “Muslims.”