9/11

The Facts:

The 9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks against targets in New York and Washington, D.C. On the morning of 9/11 2001, 19 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers subsequently and with intent crashed two of the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both of these towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers then crashed a 3rd place into The Pentagon. When passengers attempted to take control of the 4th plane Flight 93, it crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, preventing it from reaching. The action of the passengers prevented the plan from reaching its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.

Suspicion quickly fell on Islamist militant group, al-Qaeda. In 2004, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who had initially denied involvement, then claimed responsibility, citing US support of Israel, the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. President George Bush responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invaded Afghanistan to depose the Taliban who were suspected of harboring al-Qaeda members.

Conspiracy Theories:

9/11 is a highly emotional subject and would rate alongside the other Where Were You events: the assassination of JFK, man landing on the moon and the death of Lady Dianne.

Is it reasonable to think that 19 Arabs, under the direction of “a crazed lunatic” living in a cave in the Middle East used box cutters and guile to thwart a multi-trillion dollar defence organisation?

Is it reasonable that the passports of the terrorists somehow managed to survive the explosion? In the aftermath of the attacks, passports and identification were found as evidence and many skeptics question how identification made out of paper survived an explosion, which destroyed buildings.

Is it reasonable that 4,000 Jewish employees took the day off work on 9/11? Well yes, maybe it is given that it is unknown how many Jewish employees usually take the day off work in a city the size of NYC – or does that number refer to all of the US?

It is without a doubt normal human behaviour to speculate, just as there was similar speculation as to whether a lone gunman could have killed Presidennt JFK or that Princess Diana could die in a car crash or was it that the US flag on the moon was waving in the breeze or whether a dingo could have stolen a baby.

9/11: Fact or fiction, a rallying cry and an excuse to go to war?

Writer and producer of the 90’s US television series The X-Files, Frank Spotnitz, offers an explanation: that we live in an age of anxiety, where we do not know who to trust and what to believe in. Conspiracy theories, Spotnitz says, offer “a magic key that fits all the pieces together” and makes sense of our uncertain world.

Hard Labor For the Innocent?

Tony Abbott thought he had a winning card
With rules for pairs both clear and hard,
But, challenging the ALP, rattling his sabre.
He forgot there was another kind of ‘labor.’

Straw polls told him that he’d be a fool
Persisting with a policy voters thought too cruel.
Besides,  it drew attention to a woman
He’d not thought of, not treated like a fellow human.

Confined at home and left to suffer,
She’d heard how he’d made life much tougher.
Already sick at heart to depths unknown,
Now she’d have to bear her child alone.

Then Abbott decides he will, after all,  be kind.
Voters should be pleased he’s changed his mind.
But other circumstances haven’t changed.
He’s still bent on power like a man deranged.

There’s been no softening, no generosity.
He continues his attack with mad ferocity.
A man proven not guilty is once again accused,
So a mother and her unborn child, already punished, are even more abused.

NOTE:  This is not a story about the Craig Thomson saga of which there are many versions on the net.  There is a nice objective account of it all in  Wiki.    Anyone who knows my rusted on Labor nature can guess my political views on all of that.  Obviously I have been indignant about the injustice of his trial by media with no presumption of innocence and the scandalous things said about him by the Opposition under privilege in Parliament.  

Throughout it all I have been haunted by thoughts of his wife at home,  often alone because of Parliamentary sittings and in very considerable emotional pain.    It’s hard to know the level of stress being felt by the somewhat impassive Craig Thomson,  but it’s easy to imagine something of her more extreme distress.    Does one have to have been a mother to fear the impact of all this on their unborn child?    

I am astonished that no one seems to have considered that.   Has any woman in the Coalition party room raised it with Tony Abbott?   Has anyone in the government?  I’ve noticed that journalists often add as a sort of footnote that the wife of the beleaguered Member for Dobell is heavily pregnant.  Have I missed an opinion piece or editorial on this?  And why hasn’t the Leader of the Opposition,  himself a family man,  father of three young women,  spared a thought for that tiny, soon to be born,  human being?