Yesterday was, of course, the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I made an intentional effort to avoid discussing it here because it’s all such a load of crap that even trying to have the conversation just leads to chaos. But Z has forced my hand a bit.
Apparently, her Social Studies teacher couldn’t let the anniversary pass without feeding lies and half-truths to the young children of Gilroy. We (Z and I) haven’t spoken extensively about what she was told yesterday, because our conversation quickly moved to another topic I’ll address in a moment. However, she did share that, according to her teacher, the American military is still hot on the heels of Bin Laden and new military recruits are being specifically trained in ways to locate him. Apparently her teacher missed President Bush’s March 2002 Press Conference where he stated-
And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don’t know where he is. I — I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban. But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became — we shoved him out more and more on the margins.
Or maybe Mrs. Moore isn’t really a 6th grade teacher at all. Perhaps that’s just the cover she uses to hide her deep, deep government ties. Nah. My guess is she’s just another ill-informed American.
When the conversation turned to the WTC collapsing, Z brought up the Oklahoma City Bombing. I’m not sure what’s gotten her on this kick about that sad day in American history, but I’m glad it has her on a search for truth. Of course, Mrs. Moore was completely wrong on the details of that event as well. When asked why McVeigh would do such a thing she informed the class that we was “bored” and “wanted to kill people”. ::sigh:: Does the spread of ignorance never end?
Anyone who paid any attention back in 1995 would know that McVeigh was upset about the road the government was travelling. He specifically chose April 19th as the date of his attack to coincide with the anniversary of the government’s attack on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. He intentionally wore a t-shirt bearing Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote-
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Timothy McVeigh new exactly what he was doing, new he would be put to death for his actions, and took pains (though clearly not enough) to minimize the loss of life involved in his attack. None of this is “secret” information. It’s all been widely disseminated in such reliable sources as the transcripts of his trial. Of course, when Z brought these facts to her teacher’s attention the immediate response was, “No more questions, we’re talking about 9/11.”