From Douglas Rushkoff
I believe that 9-11 theorizing debilitates the counterculture. It robs us of some potentially creative thinkers. It replaces truly important questions with trivial ones. It marginalizes more constructive investigation of American participation in the development of Al Qaeda as well as its subsequent aggravation.
And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where I suspect all this theorizing really takes us: to the heart of a racist jingoism worse even than the triumphalism justifying our foreign policy to begin with. They canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bring themselves to accept that our big bad government can really be so swiftly outfoxed by a dozen relatively untrained Arab guys.
Which of course is exactly what 4th Generation Warfare is, a tiny opposition inflicting major damage on a much larger, vastly more powerful foe. Military theorists familiar with 4GW have no problem understanding how twelve people could do a 9/11 attack.
The 9/11 conspiracists take a few discrepancies in the accounts of the attacks then make a huge and unsupportable leap into saying a multitude of US government officials must have known and planned this in advance. Yet they offer zero proof of any actual complicity. Further, their assumption posits that the Bush Administration is highly competent, yet, as Rushkoff points out, the Bushies can’t even fire a few lawyers without tripping over their own feet.
By looking under the rug for what isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even there, we neglect the horror show that is in plain view. In the process, we make it even easier for the criminals running our government to perpetuate their illegal, unethical and un-American activities.