A very good friend of mine & I were discussing conspiracy theories in general over the weekend.
This conversation was taking place over a very nice bourbon after a pizza & beer. One of the things that we touched on was the conspiracy theories surrounding large corporations, and our government.
He’d just seen a movie with a controversial take on the Twin Towers. I need to sit down an watch the movie before I can really comment about it in great detail.
A “proof” the movie presented was that the Hijackers made really long turns in order to get their planes lined up for impact with the Twin Towers.
Since these guys were schooled in only the basics of single engine flight the question raised was how could they have controlled the planes which are complex marvels of technology.
My answer is; These planes are complex marvels of technology.
Yeah the hijackers weren’t trained pilots. They certainly had little if any knowledge of multi-turbine aircraft. So for me a more fundamental question is How did they even keep these beasties in the air?
Technology! The hijackers of 9/11 were aided and abetted by none other than the flight computers of the planes themselves.
Over the years since 9/11, attention has been paid to the perfection of the turn one of the planes made. I am not sure that turn is evidence of a conspiracy.
It’s probably just evidence of a crazy jihadist radically yanking the yoke of a very smart plane and the flight systems computing that the requested maneuver wasn’t possible.
So the flight systems activated to counter an insanely impossible turn. The systems calculated a turn with as short a radius as possible and then executed that turn perfectly, ignoring the screaming moron who was sitting in the pilots seat at the time. That’s the beauty of fly by wire systems, computers cross check the pilot input.
The downside is that really skilled pilots trying to avoid a collision or other hazard have their input ignored too.
I’m not shooting down conspiracies or conspiracy theories. But I’m reminded time and again of Occam’s razor. Roughly stated, The simplest explanation is more often the correct one.
If in fact conspiracies abound, what is the end game?
If our government had planes fly into the Twin Towers and the towers were in fact rigged to explode, Why?
We had plenty of less dramatic excuses to invade various countries in the Middle East. There were a lot of bad people doing a lot of bad things… These bad people were carrying out attacks against our embassies and within the territories of our allies. An attack against an Embassy used to be considered an act of war. According to treaties with many of our allies, mutual defense against enemies is like… line 1 of the treaty.
So if we wanted to have a war in the Middle East we didn’t need the excuse provided by a bunch of morons flying planes into buildings. We could simply have started fielding troops and in all probability there would have been countries… our supposed allies condemning us for doing it… OH Wait!! They did…
IF we were after oil, we had every opportunity to just take it after we were in the Middle East. Honestly, I wish we had.
We’d already been yelled at by the UN. Lots of countries were calling us imperial expansionists and calling for sanctions against the evil American Empire.
We’d already paid the price for committing the “crime”, we might as well have plugged our sippy straw into the oil fields and kept pumping until we pulled up sand. But I’m not all that nice a person…
I think if in fact conspiracies are normal, then the end game isn’t 10, or 20 years out… I think you’re looking at timescales 30 years or more into the future. Oh sure there will be intermediate events in the shorter timeframe but those smaller events only lead to the big finale.
The President may have actually given us a clue about this broader system in his SOTU address.
For better than 20 years American corporations were given tax benefits FOR moving their operations offshore and simultaneously many of them were given incentives by the governments of the countries that they relocated their operations to. Can you say double dipping?
Now The President is calling for tax incentives for companies to return operations to this country. And he called for additional tax incentives for companies that set up their returning operations in the areas previously decimated by OffShoring. Extreme urban renewal? hummmmm?
Now we know a possible goal of the game. Corporations can increase profits for 20 years on the backs of the American Taxpayer and then when the parasitic load becomes too great… The corporations can return to America and be hailed as socially responsible American companies.
I’ve suggested for years that Out Sourcing is at best not good for our country, and at worst it was treason.
I’m not a big believer in conspiracies. I find it hard to believe that large groups of people can execute conspiracies without blabbing.
On the other hand…
Woodward and Bernstein had it absolutely right….
Follow the money!
———— Update —————
I just watched the movie my friend was talking about. Then I watched another one. I have to admit that the inconsistencies each of these programs asks about is interesting.
Damn! Now I’ll be wondering if maybe conspiracy theorists have a point….
For me, the basic “Follow the Money” rule rings truer than ever.
Who gains what? What is the long term gain? These are questions that the second documentary asked and presented plausible explanations in answer to the question.
I think there should be a corollary to the “Follow the money” rule, if the money isn’t obvious… then follow the bodies.