by Emmett R Smith
THE Above “link” is most interesting and I do think it is at least even odds, that a party of particularly morally-insane careerists, of the G Gordon Liddy “Girls GOTTA Have Fun” (or, dionysian) school, could have loaded the WTC up with high-explosives. And if so, no doubt their services were retained by some other professionalists, trying to forward some idiocy of their own, involving no doubt the fantasy of “power.” The corollary is thus likely that these people were in fact trying to get over on rival factions & cabals within the somewhat self-adorative DC-beltway.
However, there is little, really, to be gained by over-much talk of “conspiracy” in any case, unless we doing that blissful wild chattering shall have retained enough constitutional authority as a free people, to bring the morally-ill among us to justice.
Even if it is all true, no amount of scheming for any of the usual, or dull-normal, rewards should be described responsibly in any case as anything other than stupid plotting.
(This is because of a well-known Sufi contention, namely that one should not act until one can foresee all of the outcomes — there are numerous teaching-stories on these lines, intended among other things to induce, precisely, a wholesome & corrective despair, at least in certain sorts of too-optimistic & too-here & now personalities!)
Actually, I think that the fascination with “conspiracy” points to not only a certain capacity for hope latent in these fantasies — it may be actually harmful because demoralizing:
“YOU Can’t fight city-hall” & cet.
THUS (And this is may be really a conspiratorial notion — ERS), it may be part of some really odious plot or other, at least in some cases, to have various characters running around traducing the government generally in our computers with all these frequently-contending theories. It is a good way of inducing pessimistic & despairing feelings in many individuals, as I’ve noted often enough. Plus it diverts everybody & after an hour or two of this stuff, physiologically, the computer-owner switches off with an entirely false feeling, of having done actual work.
This computer-twiddling enables us to blow off steam & have all sorts of pleasurable endorphins of an entirely-unjustified character — and, so, there you have it, my pet “conspiracy theory,” if you will….
A More useful heuristic device, perhaps, is the concept of entertainment:
IDRIES Shah (pbuh) refers often to this type of craving among unregenerates:
In our particular late-historical smeariness, there is a besetting felt “need” to “get” on Tee Vee (or “famous,” eg, which in turn is mistaken for historical greatness).
In the light of this fact, lots of the derring-do can be more-accurately perceived as being about nothing so much as meeting the entertainment-need not only of “publics,” but as well of the apparatchiks.
After all, in a licentious age, G W Bush and Sr Gonzales and that ilk, all were too inhibited (or, too funny-looking!) when young to make it big as hippies & rockers, so this distinctly late-middleaged stuff about mad Mahometan medieval mullahs is their big opportunity, hmm?
Persons who are interested in the literature may find an absolutely-accurate portrayal of the morally-vacant agent-personality in the figure of “Kyril Montana,” in The Milagro Beanfield War, by John Nichols. Montana, a devoted family-man, is otherwise an automaton, a calculator and a crafty outdoorsman and provocateur, whose entirely-deserved fate is to be sneered at in the end, by a load of (you guessed it) underclass Mexicans.
These ungrateful ‘arab coons are now doing likewise, in downtown ‘Iraq.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 31 March 2007]