Wednesday, July 12, 2006

9-11 reality check

I may occasionally post on 9-11 denial. I am fascinated about how otherwise intelligent people are capable of such self delusion. Here's but a small example.

Kevin Barrett repeatedly says that the Project for a New American Century "called for a new Pearl Harbor." He said it on Jessica McBride's show and he said it in this post linked to by John McAdams and so on. It is a shibboleth of the 9-11 denial movement.

But "calling for" something means asking for it. This is the sentence that is said to have done that:

"Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor."

That isn't even close. If I say that entitlement reform is unlikely absent a major economic dislocation, I'm not advocating for bringing one about. If I say that an alcoholic friend or relative is unlikely to seek treatment until they hit rock bottom (i.e., a personal disaster), that is not to wish it upon him.

No comments: