By Joel S Hirshhorn source: Blog Critics March 30, 2010
The failure to rebuild the World Trade Center site in Manhattan has received endless attention, but public anger about this failed reconstruction should not been seen as negatively as it is. After all, mental reconstruction also has not been successful and is surely more needed, with too many Americans still accepting the official government story about 9/11. This, despite a huge amount of compelling evidence that elements of the US government played some role, despite a very large, active 9/11 truth movement, and despite an impressive number of highly credible people demanding a new investigation, as documented at patriotsquestion911.com.
In the recent Angus Reid Public Opinion survey of a representative national sample of American adults, 62 per cent of respondents disagree with the view that the “Sept. 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.” But 26 per cent of respondents agree with this notion, with a far more impressive 45 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Independents agreeing, versus 20 percent of Republicans. And 12 per cent are undecided.
In sum, about 100 million Americans seem to question or find fault with the official story, far from a trivial number and far too many to dismiss as conspiracy nuts and part of the lunatic fringe. That the mainstream media refuses to acknowledge this kind of public sentiment reflects on their lack of courage to face the truth. This behavior does nothing to improve American democracy.
Consistent with this is that two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) agree with the government commission that investigated the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and which concluded that an attack was carried out by 19 hijackers who were members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, led by Osama bin Laden. Though 12 per cent of respondents reject the commission’s findings, one in five Americans (21 percent) are undecided. Here too, this means that about 100 million Americans have not accepted the official investigation explanation. In particular, 35 percent of Independents and 34 percent of Democrats do not accept the official version, compared to just 20 percent of Republicans.
Clearly, Republicans have blocked out the painful possibility that the Bush-Cheney administration played a role in 9/11. This may also explain why the large tea party movement that results from strong disillusionment with government does not embrace the 9/11 truth movement. True patriots must acknowledge that government through the terrible acts of some individuals can carry out hideous acts; there is a bipartisan history of this.
Here is my perspective: If far more Americans rejected the official government story and demanded a new investigation, we would get the mental reconstruction sorely needed to ensure that the government never again uses a false flag operation to advance a policy (i.e. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) which would not otherwise receive public support, especially one that kills thousands of Americans, both civilians and soldiers.
That the reconstruction at ground zero in Manhattan has still not succeeded symbolizes that the wounds of 9/11 are not healed, which means that we still have some chance of demanding and discovering the full truth, regardless of how painful it is. The cost of a first-rate new investigation might be $50 million, far less than the billions of dollars to reconstruct the Manhattan site.
In the end, truth is more important than new buildings. Worse than a hole in the ground is a hole in our national soul. We need Congress to authorize and fund a new 9/11 investigation. The highly fragmented 9/11 truth movement must unite behind a political strategy to make this happen. The only reason to fear a new investigation is the likely unsettling finding that, indeed, the US government was much more than incompetent and negligent.