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Did they plan it in any way or know anything about it? Seems to me extremely unlikely. For one, they would have to be insane to try anything like that. If they had, it is almost certain it would have leaked. It’s a very poor system. Secrets are very hard to keep. Professor Noam Chomsky on 9/11 Conspiracy
Anybody who knows anything about the sciences would instantly discount the evidence. There are plenty of coincidences and unexplained phenomena ... The evidence that has been produced in my humble opinion is worthless. And the belief that it could have been done has such low credibility ... I’m pretty isolated on this. ibid.
Whether the Bush administration was involved in planning – for that I think it is outlandish. Professor Noam Chomsky
I mean, even if it were true, which is extremely unlikely, who cares? It doesn’t have any significance. Professor Noam Chomsky, Budapest Hungary 2004
You’re saying our government plans to commit a terrorist act against a domestic airline? The Lone Gunman, TV pilot episode 4th March 2001
The Cold War’s over, John. But with no clear enemy to stockpile against, the arms market’s flat. But bring down a fully loaded 727 into the middle of New York City and you’ll find a dozen tin-pot dictators all over the world just clamouring to take responsibility and begging to be smart-bombed. ibid.
The World Trade Centre: they’re going to crash the plane into the World Trade Centre. ibid.
9/11: It’s inconceivable that it could have been done without religion. For its only in the name of some sort of absolute assurance of a permanent life after death that someone would be willing to undertake such an act. Dr Jonathan Miller: A Rough History of Disbelief I: Shadows of Doubt ***** BBC 2004
The spectacle of September 11th is a forceful reminder of the potentially destructive power of the three great monotheistic religions that have dominated the world in one way or another for nearly two thousand years. ibid.
These attacks emerged out of a swamp of hatred and bitterness in the Muslim world about Western policy towards them. George Galloway, Oxford Union 2012, Youtube 26.56
Science flies to the moon; religion flies into buildings. Spongebobbluvr82
And in the smoke you could see the faces of demons. Chris Everard, Spirit World I
The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not ‘cowards’, as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith – perfect faith, as it turns out – and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be. Sam Harris, The End of Faith
Sam Harris in the book End of Faith makes I think a telling point about terrorists, such as those controlled by Osama bin Laden and others – he says, the thing you have to understand is that these people actually believe what they say they believe ... And if you believe that, then I think it would be quite easy to see how you could do things like the 9/11 atrocity. Professor Richard Dawkins, interviewing Ian McEwan
My last vestige of ‘hands-off religion’ respect disappeared in the smoke and choking dust of September 11, 2001, followed by the ‘National Day of Prayer’, when prelates and pastors did their tremulous Martin Luther King impersonation and urged people of mutually incompatible faiths to hold hands, united in homage to the very force that caused the problem in the first place. Richard Dawkins, ‘Time to Stand Up’, A Devil’s Chaplain, 2003
Kelly: Oh, hello Ryan. You look well.
Ryan: I wanted to say I’m sorry ... for treating you bad the past couple years. I was in my mid-twenties and I was going through a lot of stuff. I think I never fully processed 9/11. The Office US s5e2: Weightloss II, NBC 2008
Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful. Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11th
It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought she was witnessing nothing more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her ... For those thousands in the south tower, the second plane meant the end of everything. For us, its glint was the worldflash of a coming future.
Terrorism is political communication by other means. The message of September 11 ran as follows: America, it is time you learned how implacably you are hated. United Airlines Flight 175 was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile aimed at her innocence. That innocence, it was here being claimed, was a luxurious and anachronistic delusion. Martin Amis, The Guardian 18th September 2011, ‘Fear and Loathing’
September 11 was a day of de-Enlightenment. Politics stood revealed as a veritable Walpurgis Night of the irrational. And such old, old stuff. The conflicts we now face or fear involve opposed geographical arenas, but also opposed centuries or even millennia. It is a landscape of ferocious anachronisms: nuclear jihad in the Indian subcontinent; the medieval agonism of Islam; the Bronze Age blunderings of the Middle East ... The champions of militant Islam are, of course, misogynists, woman-haters; they are also misologists – haters of reason. Their armed doctrine is little more than a chaotic penal code underscored by impotent dreams of genocide. And, like all religions, it is a massive agglutination of stock response, of clichés, of inherited and unexamined formulations. Martin Amis, The Guardian 1 June 2002, ‘The Voice of the Lonely Crowd’
Like all ‘acts of terrorism’ (easily and unsubjectively defined as organised violence against civilians), September 11 was an attack on morality: we felt a general deficit. Who, on September 10, was expecting by Christmastime to be reading unscandalised editorials in the Herald Tribune about the pros and cons of using torture on captured ‘enemy combatants’? Who expected Britain to renounce the doctrine of nuclear no-first-use? Terrorism undermines morality. Then, too, it undermines reason ... No, you wouldn’t expect such a massive world-historical jolt, which will reverberate for centuries, to be effortlessly absorbed. But the suspicion remains that America is not behaving rationally – that America is behaving like someone still in shock. Martin Amis, The Guardian 4th March 2003, ‘The Palace of the End’
What happened on September 11? On September 11 – what happened? Picture this: two upended matchboxes, knocked over by the sheer force of paper-darts.
Only it was much, much worse than that. In fact, words alone cannot adduce how much worse it was than that. September 11 was an attack on words: we felt a general deficit. And with words destroyed, we had to make do, we had to bolster truth with colons and repetition: not only repetition: but repetition and: colons. Martin Amis, Daily Telegraph 8th March 2003, ‘The World: An Explanation’