Q&A Friday #10: Why Ridicule People Who Believe Bush MIHOP?

Question: “I know I shouldn’t ask this but here it goes? Where I live, near and on campus, and such, there’s a 9/11 Truth Movement. Great people too, I’ve met with them. I’m not going to say what I think happened or try to change someone’s mind. But I’m going to ask something that I was once asked: Why would even the mere question of asking whether or not that the feds MIHOP, concerning the attacks, constitute ridicule? There are some things that have made me question the Commission Report. But is there one shred of evidence that can refute the very thought that such and such would be a possibility?” — bob1577

Answer: You’re hanging out with these people? Well, let’s hope the “crazies” aren’t catching because if these people believe the President “made (9/11) happen on purpose”, they’re either ignorant and illogical at best or kooks at worst.

As to why just asking if the feds were behind 9/11 should prompt ridicule, that’s easy to answer: it’s a fantastic conspiracy theory, with no compelling evidence that supports it, that’s being peddled by loons and people so eaten up with hatred for George Bush that they’ll believe anything negative about him. In fact, it reminds me of the bizarre stories about Jews that are floated by anti-Semites….”Did you know the Jews really control the US media and government? They also eat Palestian babies and made up the Holocaust!”

So why shouldn’t people who buy into these types of arguments be treated with scorn and ridiculed? If someone came up to you and claimed that the moon was a giant “tater,” would you waste 30 minutes trying to convince him that it’s not or just write him off as an idiot? If someone believes Bush made 9/11 happen on purpose, let it happen on purpose, or something equally silly, then he’s a crackpot and 9 times out of 10, it’s a waste of time to treat him like he’s a serious person making a serious argument.

You can read a bit more from me on a related topic, click here.

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