Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I am a little late for marking the anniversary of New York's 9/11 but it is still 9/11 there I think.

A poll by researchers at the University of Ohio of a not insignificant number of 1010 Americans found that over a third thought that the US government promoted the attacks or intentionally did nothing to stop them. Sixteen per cent thought that explosives were used to bring down the WTC. Twelve per cent believed a cruise missile hit the Pentagon.

There are plenty of Americans who believe in a conspiracy. I do not, but no matter. Provoked perhaps.

I know there are some very intelligent people in Ohio and it pleases me to learn that there are plenty of people cynical enough to disbelieve what their government tells them.

Our media fed image of Americans is perhaps that they are all god loving, Bush voting, gun toting, overweight, anti Muslims. It is good for an example that they are clearly not all like this to be in our newspapers.

A healthy cynicism about those who govern you and those who report it has become one of the most important parts of your personal armour and an understanding of the way the world works.

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