23 May 2011

The Usual Problem

A couple of weeks ago I attended one of the Hexham debates; this one given by Professor Paul Rogers and titled, '9/11 Ten Years After'.

Professor Rogers gave an assured description of the official narrative of 9/11 beginning by explaining about the role of Afghanistan during the cold war; he alluded to the US funding of the Mujahideen (although Charlie Wilson and Gust Avrakotos were not mentioned) and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union. The official narrative with regard to the destruction of the twin towers was a given as was other terrorist atrocities under the name of al-qaeda. He then then took questions from the audience. The questions were interesting and varied: for example, the opening question discussed Robin Cook's 'Ethical Foreign Policy.

A question towards the end of the session caught my ear: "how do you authenticate your facts?" He answered that over the years sources that he'd acquired had turned out to be correct and hence more trustworthy but he did concede that there was a problem. It wasn't always possible to be sure that the information he was receiving was true.

An excellent event organised by the Quakers of Hexham, looking forward to the next one.

Addendum 24th May 2011. I've just been reminded of one of the points that Professor Rogers made in his presentation about Osama bin Laden: he said that OBL and al-qaeda thought that they were eschatological. He went on to define eschatology as the expectation that their philosophy would live on beyond death.

I was reminded of this by the latest Corbett Report, The Last Word On Osama bin Laden in which Corbett says,
"Even in death, we are told, he [OBL] and the mythical army of devotees he supposedly ruled over, are a clear and present danger to our society..."

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