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This appeared today as an article attributed to 'AFP'

EU condemns Ahmadinejad's 'outrageous' 9/11 stance

BRUSSELS — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's suggestion that the US government was involved in the September 11 attacks was "outrageous and unacceptable," the European Union said on Friday.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said that Ahmadinejad's assertions at the United Nations general assembly on Thursday "that the United States was in any way responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks or that the majority of people in the US believe this to be the case, is outrageous and unacceptable."

"It is for this reason that all representatives of the 27 nations of the EU walked out," she underlined, after Europe joined a US-led Western walkout in Manhattan.

The Iranian president said there was a theory that "some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East, in order also to save the Zionist regime."

Al-Qaeda hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania in the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people nine years ago, the deadliest ever on US soil.

US President Barack Obama "found the comments to be outrageous and offensive, particularly given how close we are to Ground Zero," an official there said on condition of anonymity.

Let's see who else is covering this outrage today...


News "coverage"

It's my day for using inverted commas! Yes, NJT, that is telling news "coverage" indeed. smiling All the news that is fit to print, eh?

Good stuff, NJT

Thanks for posting this. It seems every time I think things can't get any stranger, another level of strangness is revealed.

Robert Parry, writing recently about our growing strangeness, called it "America's Decoupling from Reality". His piece by that name, posted September 10th, begins like this:

As Election Day 2010 approaches – as the United States wallows in the swamps of war, recession and environmental degradation – the consequences of the nation’s three-decade-old decoupling from reality are becoming painfully obvious.

Yet, despite the danger, the nation can’t seem to move in a positive direction, as if the suctioning effect of endless spin, half-truths and lies holds the populace in place, a force that grows ever more powerful like quicksand sucking the country deeper into the muck – to waist deep, then neck deep.

Trapped in the mud, millions of Americans are complaining about their loss of economic status, their sense of powerlessness, their nation’s decline. But instead of examining how the country stumbled into this morass, many still choose not to face reality.

Instead of seeking paths to the firmer ground of a reality-based world, people from different parts of the political spectrum have decided to embrace unreality even more, either cynically as a way to delegitimize a political opponent or because they’ve simply become addicted to the crazy.

He then explains "how the country stumbled into this morass", and for quite a while his analysis makes good sense. He talks about such powerful factors as the right building a giant media machine that can recycle deliberate lies endlessly, and Clinton-era Democrats letting Reagan-era Republicans off the hook for the crimes of that administration, which included arming terrorists in the Middle East, setting up death squads in Central America, and smuggilng drugs to pay for it all.

And he goes on and on, and you can start nodding, and maybe even nodding off, until you get to the section he calls "Aping the Right", which starts like this:

After watching the success of the Bush administration’s propaganda, some on the Left decided that their only hope was to give the neocons a taste of their own disinformation medicine.

Though the 9/11 evidence pointed to Bush’s incompetence in ignoring warnings and failing to stop al-Qaeda’s terrorist operation, some American leftists felt that it wasn’t enough to convince the people that Bush was simply a bonehead. The feeling was that Bush had so bamboozled the people that they needed to be shocked out of their trances by something bigger.

So, this small group brushed aside the evidence-backed narrative of Bush’s incompetence and even a competing interpretation of that factual framework, claiming that Bush had “let 9/11 happen.” Instead, this group insisted that the only way to wake up America was to make a case that Bush “made it happen,” that he was behind the 9/11 attacks.

To accomplish this feat, these activists, who became known as “9/11 truthers,” threw out all the evidence of al-Qaeda’s involvement, from contemporaneous calls from hijack victims on the planes to confessions from al-Qaeda leaders both in and out of captivity that they indeed had done it. The "truthers" then cherry-picked a few supposed “anomalies” to build an “inside-job” story line.

The “truthers” even recycled many of the Right’s sophistry techniques, such as using long lists of supposed evidence to overcome the lack of any real evidence. These sleight-of-hand techniques obscured the glaring fact that not a single witness has emerged to describe the alleged “inside job,” either the supposed “controlled demolition” of the Twin Towers or the alleged “missile” attack on the Pentagon.

Some supporters of the “inside-job” theory may have simply been destabilized by all the years of right-wing disinformation. Reality and real evidence may have lost all currency, replaced by a deep and understandable distrust of the nation's leaders and the news media.

Other "truthers" whom I’ve talked with view their anti-Bush propaganda campaign as a success because it injected some doubts among the American people about Bush. One told me that this was the only attack line against Bush that had gained any “traction.”

I am tempted to try to count the lies in the last-quoted passage, but I think I have to go throw up first.

When and if future historians honestly chart the sinking of American journalism, the once-great "invesitigative journalist" Robert Parry will have to be considered a hunk of lead.

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nodding off

"And he goes on and on, and you can start nodding, and maybe even nodding off..."

Just in time for the switch (as in bait and switch).

Very telling, isn't it? It's like the salesman that gets you saying yes or agreeing with everything he says before he moves in for the close. You are already preconditioned (in 'state') to agree with what he presents and more likely to say yes.

If you are finished throwing up smiling, you might enjoy reading this article about Noam Chomsky,"The Pied Piper of the Left & Leftist Contradictions Undecided".

"For those who are not satisfied with the mainstream explanations, those who keep on asking questions, people like Noam Chomsky and his ilk are there to keep the ball going so that Truth can never score."
"In the case of the Left, one might find someone like Noam Chomsky entering upon the stage of opinion to sooth-say and put your mind at ease.
... in full sight of glaring contradictions like 9/11, it seems a masterful stroke of genius might be required to pry that first 50 percent away from thinking, thus putting them back to sleep."
"A deconstruction of Chomsky's output reveals a complex and brilliant interplay. It could be characterized as 'bait-and-switch.' In a bait-and-switch operation, the victim is enticed, then victimized in some way. In this construction, the bait Chomsky offers the Left are his critiques of American foreign policy and propaganda systems of establishment. These are substantial and continuous offerings that earn him admiration and trust among most Left. His 'switch' is to redirect his followers on the Left away from questioning particularly toxic and revealing operations of sinister forces behind the scenes, away from evidence, even, concerning 9/11, and before it the assassinations that decapitated the Left in the 60's."

salesmen pitches

McJ got the right word, I'm getting tired of that new pattern of anticlimatic salesmen pitches. Thinking of future historians contemplating that event makes you reconsider the validity of everything you've been taught in history class.

Just like tequila shots go down easier with a slice of lemon, lies are swallowed whole with a manufactured truth flavor.

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used to be a big fan

of Chomsky's about 10 years ago, read anything I could find. Took me some time to process his stance on 9/11. Now I think it all makes sense; he's always been a tool and the people using this tool thought we'd be stupid enough to stick with this fellow's incorrect analysis of 9/11, just because he made some good sense before 9/11.
I can't stand the man now.

Parry also subject to unreality

parry is subject to the very unreality he analyses in others but fails to see that he too swims in it. The irony is that its the neocons and their media that condition what Parry believes...they create the unreality from their positions of authority.
Parry: 'Some supporters of the “inside-job” theory may have simply been destabilized by all the years of right-wing disinformation. Reality and real evidence may have lost all currency, replaced by a deep and understandable distrust of the nation's leaders and the news media.'

BUT why is Parry believing that very same media and govt?

Someone should ask him what is the evidence al-qaeda did 9-11.
Let him show the evidence that alqaeda ops boarded the atttack planes...video evidence at airport, manifests etc
Ask him why islamic fundamentalists went to a bar and left a koran behind?
Why does the FBI say it has no evidence OBL was involved? What does Parry know that they don't?

that's exactly the point

HEs' doing what he's accusing US of doing -- and we're NOT doing it!

Very disappointing stuff from a guy who did some of the best investigative journalism of his generation.

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