Thursday, May 17, 2007

I Am a Truther²

Truther¹, generally, is defined as "One who rejects the accepted explanation of the events of 9/11." It seems it's supposed to refer more specifically to 9/11 conspiracy theorists, those who believe the U.S. committed the act of terrorism against itself, even bringing down the WTC by planting explosives.

Though it is often used to describe such theorists, it also appears to be popularly used (based on a cursory Google search) by RWNJs as a pejorative against those who would dare question U.S. foreign policy as it relates to consequences known as "blowback" (The Nation), of which terrorism is a most striking example. Most recently, "Truther" was used by RWNJ Ace of Spades to describe Libertarian Republican Presidential hopeful and U.S. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, for making an argument during the second Republican Presidential debate which echoed that made in The Nation:
“[Terrorists] attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years. … We’ve been in the Middle East. Right now, we’re building an embassy in Iraq that is bigger than the Vatican. We’re building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? We would be objecting.”

(Sadly, No!).

As is often the case with Sadly, No!'s writers (whose stated intention is merely to ridicule stupidity in a cruelly amusing manner), Gavin M. makes a serious and insightful argument after debasing Mr. A.O. Spades.
The notion that Bin Laden came from somewhere, that he has a history and antecedents parallel to ours and engaged with our own American policies; that he possesses motives and is capable of rational choices, is intolerable to the WingNet. It makes them scream and wave their fists, because as absolutists, they’re unable to perform basic moral triage, and can’t distinguish insight into an enemy’s behavior from sympathy for his cause.
If "Truther" in the RWNJ sense refers to one who has a more complex and informed view of 9/11 as it relates to blowback from U.S. foreign policy, then count me in.

The Urban Dictionary only lists two definitions of Truther, however, the second being "A person who tells the truth, as opposed to a liar." I don't know the etymology of the word, but if it's from "The Truth is Out There" from X-Files, it's worth noting that Spooky Mulder was right, there was an alien conspiracy, and regardless of the ridicule he suffered, he stood by that Truth.

In this case, I think Truthers are right insofar as they reject the notion that the U.S. was just sitting there minding its own business when it was sucker-punched from behind. And I think it is worth challenging and undermining such one-word pithy slogans that have given dishonest neocons control over the Republican Party and our government.

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