Tuesday, September 14, 2004

42% Still Believe a 9/11 and Iraq Connection

Why do 42% (recent Newsweek poll) of Americans believe that there is a connection between the tragedy of 9/11 and Saddam Hussein? No one has of yet given any kind of evidence that Hussein had any part in that terrible day. In fact we have solid statements that there was no connection found.

A year ago President Bush said this "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the 11th."

The 9/11 bipartisan commission was adamant after the release of the 9/11 report that examined past contacts between Hussein and Al Qaeda and found "no evidence that these or the earlier contacts ever developed into a collaborative operational relationship. Nor have we seen evidence that Iraq cooperated with Al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States."

I would like one of these 42% believers to click on my comments below and explain why they still believe in something that the president and the 9/11 Commission don't believe. I need an explaination as to why you would believe something with a total lack of any evidence to support your belief.

Is it some type of conspiracy theory that you might espouse? Is it a case where a lack of evidence to you doesn't mean it isn't true? Do you not believe the president? Do you not believe the 9/11 Commission? Is it sort of like aliens, just because you haven't seen one it doesn't mean they don't exist? Is it faith? Like God, you haven't actually seen a God, but you know one exists?

I would also like to know your political leanings. Are you a Republican and don't trust your president? Do you not trust the half of the 9/11 Commission that was Republican? Are you a Democrat and don't believe the other half of the commission?

Do you believe that evidence will eventually come out? How long will you believe that evidence will eventually emerge even it is not forthcoming? At what point in the future would you consider that there really is no evidence to reveal itself? Another year or two? Or would you steadfastly always believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11?

I am curious and would like to know what causes these 42% believers to choose to believe something where no evidence supports that belief. Please explain your reasoning, comment below.


Blogger Foston said...

I beleive that the Bush administration means it to be this way.

They made great efforts to make the case for war in Iraq. They intentionally call the insurgents terrorists, and terrorist attacks.

This is tantamount to the war on Communism and Drugs, and plays into the fears of all Americans to mobilize them on behalf of the corporations.

We simply need a dehuminizing label to attach to the people we are killing, so we don't feel bad about killing them.

Bush may have had to admit there was no connection, but the administration (especially early in the war) made great efforts to connect the two.

Why? Because we need oil. Play a game of Civilization III some time and try and be the dominant society (ie win the game) without oil as a resource. President Carter declared oil to be a matter of national security.

Republicans can pontificate all they want about how it was the right thing to do, but the simple matter is that we cannot survive without oil. Our coutry is too big and we have no infrastructure that is a viable alternative to using oil to get from place to place.

Saddam Hussein, the war on terrorism, the war on drugs, and the war on communism are excuses for American Military intervention abroad (from Noam Chomsky)


2:34 PM  
Blogger jon said...

Oh, I agree with what you are saying. I was hoping someone who still believes the connection would explain why they still do.

ps. I have Civilization III, can't have the tanks without the oil, lol.

2:42 PM  

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