Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Van Jones resignation: Republicans not 9/11 assholes ?
Sad news that Van Jones, the American Green New Deal proponent and author of The Green Collar Economy, has resigned from Obama's administration for characterising Republicans as "assholes", and questioning the official account of 9/11.
Republicans are not assholes in any literal sense, because the asshole (or anus as we doctors prefer to call it) is an organ vital to the functioning of any living animal system, and the Republicans clearly fall far short of such importance.
Van Jones was of course using the term figuratively to convey that in his view the Republicans tend to be offensive and unpleasant, and although I personally try not to use any ad hominem attacks, I would not judge anyone who uses that kind of pejorative in the emotional heat of political struggle.
As for the 9/11 question, Van Jones is just one more voice to wonder about gaps in the official account, the central one being, "Why did Building 7 collapse?". WTC7 was NOT hit by any plane, but subsided like the Twin Towers, concertina-fashion, as would happen in a controlled demolition. This is a statement of plain fact, and to express this fact is not to be a conspiracy theorist, but a person with an open and functioning mind.
The reasonable hypothesis that WTC7 was demolished on 9/11 then raises interest in the many structural engineers who see similarities between the way the Twin Towers collapsed and the way buildings collapse under controlled demolitions. Again, these are legitimate scientific and technical questions, but reasoned discussion of these questions is obscured by hysterical allegations of "conspiracy theorists".
Never forget that Tony Blair sucessfully dismissed the idea that Iraq's oil resources had anything to do with his disastrous invasion as a "conspiracy theory".
Of course, there are a plethora of irrational conspiracy theorists around who will sieze onto any and every question, but the fact that an psychotic person believes that the Nazis were behind the Reichstag Fire does not prove that the Nazis did not do it. The fact that some conspiracy theorists are wacky does not prove that politicians' manifold bad decisions are all down to cock-ups never down to deliberate planning.
The world is poorer for the resignation of Van Jones. The best we can hope for is that it will once more raise the substantive questions that remain about 9/11.