The 9/11 report: Fluff and nonsense or Garden of Eden?
By Marcus J. Goldman web posted July 5, 2004
I sleep poorly at night. Soon, however, that giant sleeping pill, the 9/11 report, will be available for ingestion. Thank goodness! The theatrical release of this vital work of non-fiction, as highly anticipated and accurate as its sister document, Farenheit-9/11, will signal the end of the fun: calling reluctant witnesses, lambasting the well intentioned and harpooning technocrats, bureaucrats and other assorted types. This living, breathing document will contain a veritable Garden of Eden of do's and don'ts, rights and wrongs. Who cares what's been buried deep within the report's bowels or omitted entirely? The report could not come at a better time-just before a virulently divisive national election. Certainly, the document could be purposefully designed to be fluff and nonsense.
Ultimately though, we will learn what we, the United States, did to deserve the attacks, which politicians were responsible, what we can do to prevent so many people from being so darned angry with us and why, on 9/11, my house painter's 20 year old nephew was incinerated as he was slammed in to a building. Fortunately, as a psychiatrist, I received an advanced glimpse into the commission's final lunacy:
1) We, the commission, feel really badly about 9/11. Really.
2) We would like to first blame Osama bin Laden for his complicity in these horrific events. However, since he lives in a cave, he cannot be held responsible for the actions of others. To that end, we have found guilt elsewhere.
3) The al-Qaida network of terror (such a title is offensive to all the other terrorists who did not target us on that day, so we will refer to al-Qaida as "specific people of terror") cannot be held responsible. Like all "people of terror" they must have had their reasons. Quite frankly, we are unable to pronounce any of their names. We blame fate.
4) Many have blamed radical Islam for the 9/11's evil. We must point out, however, that Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, Zionists, Israelis, the American people and assorted other minorities have traditionally been blamed for the evils of the world. The world seems comfortable with that so why change it?
5) We would like to bring up the Church commission's findings in the late 1970's with the resultant harnessing of the of the Central Intelligence Agency. But that would deflect attention away from Osama bin Laden and "people of terror", who cannot be held responsible anyway because they live in caves and have unpronounceable names.
6) We feel compelled to answer questions about Jamie Gorelick's role in events leading up to 9/11. But quite frankly, we are frightened of her. She has built an emotional wall between herself and the rest of the commission members and cannot be reached.
7) Former President Clinton has been accused of inaction on the terror front during his tenure. However, in our 957 page report, corroborating sources placed George Bush's operatives on the hijacked planes. It has been learned that the president, although managing poorly with his own language, can speak bits of Arabic! Mr. Bush has been know to utter the phrase "falafel" on occasion. He was also a pilot in the National Guard. On the other hand, an anonymous but credible e-mailer told us that Mr. Bush was responsible for placing explosives in the garages of the World Trade Center on 9/11. It is probably not true but we felt compelled to put it in the final draft for the sake of diversity of opinion.
8) Prior to 9/11, Mr. Bush was seen taking photographs of the World Trade Center but sources confirm that he was scouting out parachute jump sights for his dad. We put this in the report because it is cool.
9) We cast blame at both the CIA and the FBI because it is the hip thing to do and because everyone expects it.
11) Some of us think that the Pentagon was targeted due to the "Pent"-up anger of others. As the symbol of American power and one of the largest office buildings in the world, it was sort of asking for it.
12) We deemed the emergency response to this unprecedented, unimaginable, never before witnessed catastrophe...to be poor. So, emergency medical technicians, the police, firefighters, Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York Governor George Pataki and whoever the Governor of Pennsylvania was at the time, should be admonished (regardless, the guy who put his field in the path of the plane should take some responsibility). If there was a Mayor of the District of Columbia, we think he, too, should shoulder some of the blame.
13) Finally, regarding the deterrence of future attacks. Here is our recommendation: prevention of another terror attack should be strongly encouraged and stuff.
Wow! The report goes on to say that the commission members incompetently hold themselves irresponsible for any role in these attacks, take no responsibility for their pointless tirades and demand immunity from any sort of prosecution. Some of them are partisan lawyers I guess. Well, I must admit, I am a bit surprised with the commission's findings. Who knew that President George H.W. Bush wanted to parachute off the World Trade Center?
Marcus J. Goldman, MD is a psychiatrist and author of "The Joy of Fatherhood". His work has appeared in The Washington Times, Tech Central Station and The Boston Herald. Dr. Goldman is a Guest Writer for The Daily Cannon, OpinionEditorials.com, PoliticalUSA, NewsWithViews.com and WebCommentary.