Just days after left-wing anti-war icon Howard Zinn told an audience
that he didn’t care if 9/11 was an inside job, he has repeated
the sentiment, stating that questions regarding the attacks have
"no practical political significance" and that 9/11
truth activists are "fanatics" who are wasting their
During a lecture at UQAM university in Montréal,
Zinn was once again asked if he would support a new 9/11 investigation.
"I have said that what happened on 9/11 deserves
to be investigated more than it has been because I don't accept
and believe official investigations and official reports.
But having said that, and I want to say that this
has really annoyed a lot of people, but why not, and I will
annoy more people by saying that I think there are many people
who have become fanatics about 9/11. By fanatics I
mean, they think we should drop everything and just concentrate
our energies on finding out what happened on 9/11.
I don't think the question of what really happened
on 9/11 is the most important question we can ask."
Zinn then took a direct swipe at the 9/11 truth
movement by stating:
"To tell a movement of citizens in the United
States that this is something that we really have to make an
issue of, I don't believe it because we don't need what happened
on 9/11, we don't need that to tell us about the crimes of the
I believe there are certain things that happen
in history and certainly questions that are asked that divert
us from the important things that we have to do at hand.
The truth is I don't think anyone will ever really
know what happened on 9/11 just as I don't think anyone will
really know who killed John F. Kennedy, and there are a lot
of people who wasted a huge amount of time working on something
that did not have any practical political significance."
Zinn then asserted that his previous comments at
a lecture in Colorado has been distorted and that he never said
he did not care about 9/11 or the fact that it was in the past.
Zinn's exact words that day were "I don't know
enough about it (the 9/11 conspiracy) and the truth is I don't
much care, that's past."
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In our previous
article we analysed how other leftist luminaries
such as Noam Chomsky have belittled the efforts of 9/11 truth
activists and attempted to dismiss the political significance
of asking questions and highlighting evidence of government complicity
in the attacks, while at the same time clearly acknowledging that
the truth remains covered up and withheld.
This cements commentators such as Zinn and Chomsky
as intellectual cowards and allows them to be used as leftist
gatekeepers by an establishment that even they admit has used
9/11 as a means to facilitate aggressive and monstrous foreign
and domestic agendas.
What really happened on 9/11 is not a distraction, it
is the key to everything:
Without 9/11 there would be no "war on terror".
Without 9/11 there would be no "clash of civilizations"
Without 9/11 there would be no war in Afghanistan.
Without 9/11 there would be no war in Iraq.
Without 9/11 there would be no war in Iran.
Without 9/11 there would be no war in... (insert
any country classified as part of the "axis of evil"
or defined as being "with the terrorists")
Without 9/11 thousands of U.S. troops would not
have been sent to their deaths.
Without 9/11 hundreds of thousands of citizens of
Iraq and Afghanistan would not have been sentenced to their deaths.
Without 9/11 there would be no inaction on the Israeli-Palestinian
Without 9/11 there would be no civilian contractors
in Iraq and the scandal that has followed them would have been
Without 9/11 there would be no false military reporting
(Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch), and no crack down on the freedom
of the press (banning photographing the returning coffins).
Without 9/11 there would be no Patriot Act.
Without 9/11 there would be no NSA warrantless wiretapping
Without 9/11 there would be no Camp Delta and no
Camp X-ray at Guantanamo Bay.
Without 9/11 there would be no Military Commissions
Act and no coordinated program of extraordinary rendition, indefinite
detention and torture of those defined as "enemy combatants".
Without 9/11 there would be no vast increase in
secrecy and complete militarization of intelligence under the
newly created office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Without 9/11 there would not be thousands of dead
and dying emergency workers who are suffering crippling and fatal
Without 9/11 there would be no vast increase in
military and security spending that goes arm in arm with huge
cutbacks in other key social programs (such as levees in New Orleans).
Without 9/11 there would have been no total abandonment
of fiscal restraint, which has contributed to plunging the nation
into an abyss of debt and looks likely to tip the world into a
deep recession if not a complete depression.
And on and on and on.
Perhaps most importantly, without 9/11 there would
be no "post 9/11 society/mentality".
The ongoing ignorance of official 9/11 lies will
continue to feed the fear and hostility that this post 9/11 environment
is founded upon. If it is "fanatical" to attempt to
pay attention to the man behind the curtain, so to speak, then
every member of the 9/11 truth movement should plead guilty.
The definition of a "fanatic" is, in this
writer's humble opinion, much closer to the actions of the fawning
audience at both of Howard Zinn's afore mentioned lectures, who
proceeded to inanely cheer their hero no matter what came out
of his mouth.
Much more fanatical are the kind of pocket radicals
who latch on to one way of thinking, stick steadfastly to one
political paradigm, completely close their minds to the wider
picture, proceeding to repeat adfinum to their friends in the
"coffee revolution" shops what Zinn, Chomsky, Vidal
and their ilk have said, in between conversations about the finer
points of Jack Kerouac's stream of consciousness prose, their
understanding of the term 'multiculturalism' and the origins of
Che Guevara's seminal manual on the theory and practice of guerrilla
Such people can groan all they like when questions
over 9/11 are raised, it doesn't change the fact that every single
significant action the Bush administration has taken over the
last seven years, every attack on freedom and crime against humanity
that they have committed stems from the events of 9/11.
Yes Mr Zinn, you have angered a great many politically
minded people with your comments, but what do you expect when
you state that you do not care about what really happened on the
most historically significant day in our recent history, and in
the lifetimes of many of us?
Indeed, this is the key to Zinn's comments. To him,
what really happened on 9/11 is not significant because it is
HE who represents the past, it is HE who is wasting his time and
it is HE who is politically insignificant.