First of all, kudos to Don Staib for the above picture. He's a buddy who flies for American Airlines, and he took this shot on Friday while flying the stormy skies over Texas.
Now, then. My previous blog entry focused on the folks who feel that 9/11 was an inside job and my worries that there might be some truth to their claims. Fortunately, last week I recorded a two-hour program on this topic, shown on the National Geographic Channel. Methodically, point-by-point, nearly every conspiratorial claim was intelligently debunked.
By far the most compelling point is simply this: in order for 9/11 to have been a coordinated plan fomented by the Bush-Cheney administration, thousands of "worker bees" would have had to been on board with the strategy - with each of them being counted to keep their lips sealed. It's been 8 years, and there's been nary a peep from anybody who claims to have part of the alleged conspiracy. It is simply impossible to believe that a plan so evil, so complex, so devilish, could have been carried out without someone, somewhere, yapping about their role in making those buildings fall down or in attacking the Pentagon.
A good point made by the program was that whenever our country has an incredibly major event, conspiracy theorists pop up. Pearl Harbor had them and the Kennedy assassination had them. This is no different. The good news is that Bush and Cheney are off the hook, as we all suspected. The bad guys really did pull off 9/11 and hopefully our vigilance prohibits a repeat performance.