George Washington’s Blog
August 18, 2008
I think I’ve figured out why many people who question the government’s explanation for the anthrax attacks don’t question the official story about 9/11.
• 9/11 involved much greater loss of life. While 5 people died in the anthrax attacks, close to 3,000 died on 9/11
• None of us have seen gruesome images of the victims of the anthax attacks. But we all watched horrific images of 9/11: planes slamming into buildings, people jumping out of the Twin Towers, the Towers collapsing . . .
• 9/11 was the first attack on the U.S. by "foreign terrorists". As such, it was the point at which America took the fork in the road away from traditional notions of liberty, justice and the Geneva Convention and towards the "war on terror"
9/11 and the anthrax attacks – and the government’s "investigation" into both – were actually very similar in many ways (as I will show in a later essay).
Many people can see how ridiculous the government’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins as the "sole culprit" is. With 5 dead and no gruesome images, and occuring after the "war on terror" was already underway, the anthrax attacks are something that people can think about rationally.
But many people are so traumatized by the thousands of deaths, the overwhelming and horrible images, and the unique status of 9/11 as the day when "we were attacked and everything changed", that they are still in shock and still trying to suppress the fear and pain. They simply will not allow themselves to honestly and fully investigate 9/11, but are still reacting out of primal emotions.
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