Thursday, August 09, 2007
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 20 Comments
Historical revisionism goes mainstream among the liberal camp as the Presbyterian Church of the United States is putting out a 9/11 conspiracy book. The PCUSA which had formerly innovated a boycott of Israel seems to be the leading edge of the increasing radicalization of formerly mainstream liberal organizations going into areas that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.
The link between historical revisionism and a boycott of Israel is of course obvious. Historical revisionism about the Holocaust is practiced not because the 'people' in question really believe the Holocaust didn't happen but because the Holocaust represents an obstacle to reviving Anti-Semitism. The memory and knowledge of the atrocity makes it much too difficult to convince people to walk along a path that will results in its repetition. To revive Anti-Semitism it was necessary to undermine the reality of the Holocaust and turn it into yet another conspiracy theory about the Jews, thus making even the murder of Jews into a tool for anti-Semitism.
9/11 Revisionism has the same goal. The liberals and left-wingers who shrugged off 9/11 originally, tried to argue that it was no big deal because far more people die of cancer every year and claimed that America deserved it anyway quickly realized that what happened that day could not be so easily discarded. That left them with two paths, the first was the Ward Churchill approach of showing open contempt for the dead which is doomed to be unpopular and the other to redirect the blame at America and twist the murder of 3000 Americans into still more propaganda for the terrorists.
This the 911 conspiracy theorists or as they liked to be called the '9/11 Truth Movement' has done following in the footsteps of their intellectual ancestors, the Holocaust revisionists. Like them they are no more than propagandists providing cover for the murderers while damning the victims. Like them they are no more researchers than Goebbels was a journalist. Their science is spurious, their lies copious and all of it irrelevant because under all that rotten edifice lies their real motive, to absolve the terrorists and enable them to continue their work.
The extremists on the far right and the far left who form the central audience for 9/11 conspiracy theories want to see America overthrown but unlike the Weathermen or Timothy McVeigh are too attached to their tenured positions at universities and their lucrative speaker's fees to go out and put their lives on the line to kill in the name of of the utopia they want to create. Instead they count on the terrorists to do their work for them and use the government's attempts to fight terrorism as proof that a totalitarian state is on the way.
The extent though to which these same views have penetrated into the mainstream is troubling but not surprising. Political frustration usually elevates the extremists. Eight years of Clinton elevated a lot of the more deranged elements on the Republican side ranting about UN black helicopters, FEMA's plans for genocide and a coming civil war. It's no surprise that eight years of Bush has had a similar effect on the Democrats. But such views never went as mainstream in the Republican party as they now have among the Democrats. Howard Dean's DNC chairmanship is the equivalent of Pat Buchanan becoming the chairman of the Republican party.
Historical revisionism is usually an early warning that blood is to come because the real history has to be blotted out so the murders can continue. Holocaust revisionism by the right had precisely that goal but it's since been superseded by the left's Holocaust revisionism which is to argue that the Holocaust did happen then and now the Jews are perpetrating the Holocaust again, against the Arabs. With that cover the left is now free to engage in unmitigated anti-Semitism and to indulge its most psychotic hostilities and biases towards Israel and the Jews.
That's why the left doesn't practice Holocaust revisionism, not out of some philosemitism, but mainly because it doesn't need to. It doesn't need to deny the truth of the Holocaust when it can just twist the Holocaust itself into a weapon against the Jews. Similarly the historical revisionism aimed at Zionism was meant to transform a real history in which an ancient people reclaimed their land fighting off their neighbor's attempts at genocide, into a false history in which the Jews were invaders who murdered their neighbors and stole their land.
On 9/11 revisionism the left and the right have joined forces promoting a lie intended to force an end to America's War on Terror and to give the terrorists more breathing room to kill yet more Americans. All their rantings about government conspiracies, about secret reports, cover-ups, commissions have one single driving purpose; to shutter the eyes of Americans to the real threat of Islam. To blind the public so the Mohammedan butchers can swing their axes in safety and security while the conspiracy theorists peddle their books and videos and point to D.C. crying, "It's all a conspiracy!"
It is indeed a conspiracy. Not a conspiracy of secret rooms, of freemasons and Illuminati, of knights and shadows or powerful men in cloaked rooms. But like all real conspiracies it is an open book of a conspiracy, one whose plots are not co-ordinated but inspired feeding off each other through the same collective instinct that draws scavengers to a fresh corpse. It's practiced by those for whom September 11th was a taste of blood they'd like to see more of. It's a collection of filth spewed by human vermin who have nothing but contempt for the victims of Al-Queda and nothing but lies to smear those who died on that day.