16 April 2008
While I concede people's right to question whether the 11 Sept. 2001 attacks were somehow "allowed" to happen (though not believing that myself) I think the skeptics should not be happy to have the Iranian president in their camp. I've cut him some slack in the past over his alleged Holocaust denial (because to my knowledge he has not denied that the Nazis killed Jews en masse), his latest comments on the New York attacks are singularly asinine in their ignorance. When he claims a debating point by asserting that the names of victims have never been printed, he only demonstrates how unlearned he is on the subject. Perhaps he goes beyond the passive-conspiracy theory and thinks the whole thing was a hoax, and that no one was killed. Maybe he thinks that all we saw was some combination of Jewish sorcery and Hollywood special effects -- or maybe he thinks those are one and the same. Please don't get me wrong: I'm as opposed to waging war on Iran as ever, but that doesn't mean I can't call a fool a fool. Otherwise I'd be engaged in an insurrection against my own government.