UQ Wire: Steven Hass - Religion And 9-11
Religion And 9-11
By Steven Hass
Somebody, somewhere, deserves the highest award given for brilliant planning and manipulation. The award should be given to whomever planned the events of 9-11 and then so brilliantly manipulated Americans into believing that nineteen "Arab terrorists" pulled the whole thing off. This notion of nineteen "Arab terrorists" is absurd, of course, to anyone with any critical thinking skills. Unfortunately, and apparently, that doesn't apply to very many Americans. Most of these same Americans also happen to be religious. It's not a coincidence.
Those who adhere to religious doctrine agree to a mandatory forfeiture of all critical thinking skills the moment they climb aboard the Holy Wagon. It's not an option with religion, because you cannot accept religion as truth and still retain the courage to question it. If you disagree with that, you're a perfect example.
How does religion have anything to do with 9-11? Religion itself isn't the point - it's the mindset of religious people, who have allowed themselves to believe a doctrine which their subconscious mind tells them is ludicrous. The official version of 9-11 says that nineteen "Arab terrorists" planned, financed, and executed the most improbable event in American history, all by themselves. This is beyond ludicrous. Who are perhaps the most ardent believers in Bush's official story of 9-11? Religious people, because they have been conditioned to believe the impossible, so long as an authority figure tells them it's true, which John Kaminski mentions in this article.
Nobody with critical thinking skills can possibly believe the official story of 9-11, especially with the mountain of contradictory evidence readily available to everyone. The same is true of religion. That's the whole problem with so many Americans. They have been raised to believe whatever comes out of the mouth of the guy up front in the church. He wears a fancy robe, sometimes with a pretty sash or a big hat, and he is obviously in charge of the church - from childhood, they are conditioned to tremble at his voice. In such an environment, it doesn't take long to eventually erase any inclination to question the authority figure. Toss in a few even bigger authority figures, such as a Jesus, a God, and some disciples, and how dare you question authority?
It's actually quite brilliant, to be honest about it. My own opinion is that the Roman leader Constantine recognized the enormous potential for crowd control which is inherent in religion, and he utilized it to perfection. When he proclaimed Christianity to be the official religion of Rome, he effectively sentenced the minds of his people to death. This is no trivial matter, at a time when Rome was the most dominant nation in the known world. Most of the population was uneducated beyond knowing not to defy the emporer. How many generations would it take before everyone was gone from the pre-Constantine "Christianity" days? Not very many, and then you'd be left with fresh generations to program from birth. It's brilliant, and it worked.
The problem is not religion as a whole. The problem, again, is the conditioning program that is religion. With religion, minds are closed to a genuine search for truth. Minds are caged like simple animals, to be fed by their handlers. Having the courage to question religion means eternity in some burning dungeon of torture and punishment. Being raised from childhood with this mentality being forced upon them, religious people simply no longer have the ability to question. It almost warrants pity, if the consequences weren't so devastating in today's world.
Flashback to 9-11: four passenger planes are hijacked simultaneously, with no response from an air defense system that is known for its jumpy preparedness. In the past, a single hijacking anywhere in America would have resulted instantly in at least some semblence of response. On this day, however, four airplanes are hijacked and left to do as they please, untouched and unchallenged. Three of these planes are allowed to proceed through the most heavily-guarded airspace in the world. Two of them are left free to continue their course into the World Trade Center towers, being flown with a skill far above even the most experienced fighter pilots. The towers subsequently crumble exactly as a building does in a controlled demolition, even when burning jet fuel gets nowhere near hot enough to melt the steel of the towers. A third hijacked airplane supposedly crashes into the Pentagon, but leaves no sign of something as large as a passenger jet having done the damage.
Does any of this raise even a single question? Apparently not, as most Americans simply believe that nineteen "Arab terrorists" did it. No questions, no investigation, no doubts. It's just so much easier to blame people who we don't understand at all. Different religion, different culture, different everything, and they live on the other side of the world, so we don't even have to blame them to their faces. Besides, our president said they did it, so there you go.
America's response? Go to Afghanistan, bomb it into submission, and install a powerless puppet regime. The poppy fields, which the Taliban had all but eradicated, are replanted with vigour and encouragement, ensuring a healthy supply of heroin on the market. Next, go to Iraq, completely destroy its infrastructure, drop uranium bombs everywhere so future generations can die, too, kill multitudes of young Americans, maim the rest, teach them how to torture prisoners and enjoy it, and take control of Iraq's oil as we sit by and watch looters pillage and destroy irreplaceable ancient historical artifacts. But that oil supply is safe.
Bush blamed, ummm....well, he blamed somebody, generally categorized as "the terrorists". Since then, Americans have given it no more thought. Bush said "the terrorists" did it, so that's all there is to it. If you disagree, you are accused of aiding "the terrorists" (a concept that defies all logic). Americans are more than happy to say they support the troops, but they don't even understand why the troops are in Iraq. Neither do the troops. The accepted slogan is "to defend our freedom". Defend our freedom from whom? Iraqis? Defend our freedom from the Iraqi military that had no weapons of mass destruction? Defend our freedom from the Iraqis in general, who had been starved for a decade with sanctions? Protecting our freedom from whom? People who don't even understand the who/what/why of 9-11 are suddenly afraid for their precious freedoms. That's insane, but insanely typical. And they protest the war in Iraq, but they don't protest the whitewashing of 9-11 by this administration. Screw the war in Iraq - your country was attacked in cold blood, and somebody very nearby had a hand in it.
When a vast majority of a population has already been dutifully programmed by religion, and thereby stripped of its ability to question and use critical thought, an event such as 9-11 is a godsend (no pun intended) to any powerful group that would use such an event to further its agenda. Who profits from the war in Afghanistan? Who profits from the war in Iraq? Who profits more than Israel if we topple Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, etc? And the question that preceeds them all: who profits from 9-11 itself? These are questions that demand answers and accountability, but they are questions not being asked.
Religion set the stage for using 9-11 to further an agenda, and whomever organized 9-11 recognized that fact. Brilliant in its depravity, this group of planners realized how easy it is to manipulate religious people who already willingly adhere to irrational and disproven dogma. The brilliance was in using their own religious trinkets and icons in the charade. There should be an award given to whoever concocted the idea of wrapping Bush around a Bible to further the agenda.
Is religion to blame for 9-11? Absolutely not. Are the people who refuse to question 9-11 to blame for it? Absolutely, because people who refuse to question something, regardless of its glaring irrationality, encourage it to continue.
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