I was protesting the wars at the Pentagon a couple of weeks ago and, strangely enough, I felt ashamed; because I had chosen to hold a sign that read: “9/11: An Inside Job to Lead Us into War”. But why did I feel shame for this? It’s the truth. I think that what I was feeling was embarrassment, because it seemed as though virtually everyone who passed by me (and read the sign) was (probably) thinking I was a kook. And that’s embarrassing. Or perhaps it was because I was ashamed at having to be there, at the Pentagon, to begin with . . . that I need to protest my own government, because of its crimes . . . like I was ashamed to be an American.
But I think, too, that my feeling had something to do with being at the Pentagon itself, because virtually everyone who passed by me (us) seemed to be against me (us). Perhaps there was some element of fear as well? But I’m not afraid of the authorities or of going to jail for a sociopolitical cause, which I’ve done before; although our government does do its best to keep us living in fear. It just seemed so surreal; sort of like protesting the Dark Side’s unholy ambitions on Darth Vader’s Death Star.
Not too unlike protesting in front of an abortion clinic though . . .
When it comes to 9/11, I’m not the one who needs to be ashamed. I didn’t kill anyone on 9/11, but someone did. Some group (conspiracy) of people did. And I don’t think it was a group of Islamic fundamentalists that brought down WTC buildings 1, 2, and 7 . . . I think it was elements of our own (federal) government (i.e., the military-intelligence complex).
But does this make me a kook?
The feeling of shame, or embarrassment, is a uniquely human emotion. Dr. Leon Kass, in his book Toward a More Natural Science, points out the fact that animals do not feel shame; shame is a uniquely human emotion. In short, we are not animals.
The true criminals behind the terror attacks of 9/11 have yet to be brought to justice. Instead, they continue supporting the doctrine of endless wars, torture, and unlawful detentions they began nine years ago. Who is running America? The military-intelligence complex?
It’s hardly embarrassing for one to believe that the terror attacks of 9/11 were perpetrated by rogue elements within our own government, or that the WTC buildings (1, 2, and 7) were brought down in some manner that didn’t simply cause their collapse but caused them to disintegrate. Many intelligent people believe the government is covering up the truth about 9/11, and I don’t think they should feel any shame for believing this. (See Peter Lance’s (.pdf) 9/11 Timeline 1981-2006) I think it’s more shameful for one to accept, at face value, the official government explanation of 9/11, because such acceptance reveals how little thought one has chosen to invest in this most important of subjects.
America needs citizens who are willing to think.
Please, examine the evidence for yourself . . . as so many intelligent people are doing. . .