The 9/11 Report: Fluff and Nonsense or Garden of Eden?
By Dr. Marcus Goldman | Bio
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
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-Qaeda 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-Qaeda 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
4) Many have blamed radical Islam for the
9/11â€™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 Central Intelligence Agency. But that would deflect attention away from
Usama 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
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 Giuliani, New York Governor 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 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 OpinionEditorials.com.
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