Monday, August 28, 2006
Know Thine Enemy
Ace on the anti-victory left's desperate need for 9/11 conspiracy theories:
For the rest of us, the planes crashed into the WTC, the Pentagon, and a field in Shaksville, Pensylvania.
For the left, the planes crashed into their entire worldview, collapsing it as surely as the Twin Towers were collapsed.
And since then, they've made a determined and relentless effort to substitute in their own preferred narrative, in which the WTC was destroyed in a controlled demolition by the CIA, the Pentagon was simply blown up with an American missile or planted American bombs, and the first soldiers in the Greater War on Terror shouldn't even have bothered, because the Sidewinder missiles were on their way no matter what they did.
What links all these conspiracy theories? The unshakable belief that there is no enemy except the US Government (except, perhaps, for the Mossad), and that heroism, patriotism, and a physical defense of one's country and one's very own life is a doomed venture hardly worth the candle.
Admitting there is an external, implacable, and deadly threat to us strongly implies we need to fight it.
But they've decided a priori that fighting is never the correct response.
Ergo, somewhere the syllogism must be flawed. They focus their attention on the premise-- that there is in fact a deadly external threat. That must be demonstrated as incorrect if their preferred conclusion -- pacifism at any price -- is to remain viable.
In their own minds they've rebulit the Towers so they were never destroyed that day, but they now stand on a foundation of magical thinking and a childish retreat into dreamworlds and fantasies.
For some, the choice between adapting one's worldview to the real world or adapting the real world to one's worldview is a fairly easy call.