Monday, June 28, 2004

A Curious Denial of the Facts

Thanks to Mata H. for pointing me to this article, Analyzing Fahrenheit 9/11. It gives cause to ask a few questions.

The most intriguing question for me at the moment is, why were 142 Saudis, including 24 members of the bin Laden family, allowed to leave the country after September 13, when much of American airspace was still closed? Specifically, why has this admnistration continued to deny that such flights occurred, even when it is documented that at least one such flight did occur on September 13? If accusations of unfounded conspiracy theories are to be made, it would be helpful if someone, anyone, would provide an alternative explanation, other than just a denial unsupported by the facts.

Imagine the content that might have been included by Moore if the film would have been able to incorporate the torture and abuse that has come to light, including the President's sanctioning of such tactics.

I found it curious that Moore included video footage of a helicopter crew attacking a truck, but he cut it off before we could see the killing of a wounded Iraqi. I know I linked to this footage before, but I can't find it at the moment. Chilling stuff. As is the other video of a Marine killing a wounded Iraqi as his buddies cheer him on. I'll have to hunt those up. Moore also did not include a reference to the massacre in Fallujah, although such evidence was easily available, and downplayed by the media. I suspect that is because he decided to be supportive of the troops, whom he views as additional victims of this war-crazed administration.

When you hear someone dismissing this documentary as a pack of lies, make sure you ask them if they've seen it. Then buy them a ticket. It appears the majority of the anti-Moore folks are simply parroting lines fed to them by the right's spin doctors.

J.

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