9/11. Those two numbers are enough to send shivers down the spine of just about anyone. But what exactly happened on that fateful day that shaped the world as we know it? The conspiracy theorists that made the internet movie ‘Loose Change’ believe that something huge is being covered up, and that the US government was somehow involved in the attacks, whereas most other people agree that it was simply a terrorist attack by Muslim fundamentalists. In this essay, I will tell you my views on various things brought up by ‘Loose Change’.
It would be good to first explain my views on the conspiracy theories about 9/11. I believe that the US government did have prior knowledge of the attacks (albeit unreliable knowledge) and could have prevented them. However, I do not believe that the US government had any involvement in the attacks. In my opinion, a threat was sent to them, telling them that airplanes were going to be crashed into the WTC and they ignored it. They are simply feeling too guilty and embarrassed to admit it.
Let’s start off with the fact that all fighter jets were sent to Alaska, leaving NYC and Washington D.C. unprotected, on September 11th, the day of the attacks. The conspiracy theorists suggest that they were sent there so that the US government had an excuse not to intercept the planes. Here’s my question: would it have been hard for the terrorists to find out about the war games and when they would be conducted? The answer: Not hard at all. These terrorists were not stupid; otherwise they would have been caught before they boarded the plane.
In ‘Loose Change’, it claims that before the terrorists crashed into the Pentagon, their pilot, who was apparently terrible at flying, performed a near impossible manoeuvre, a 330° turn. My response: is there a possibility that the terrorists pointed a gun at the pilot’s head and forced him to perform the manoeuvre? I’ll say it again: those people were not stupid. It seems as if the people who made this movie took this tiny little thing blew it completely out of proportion.
In the end, the claims made in ‘Loose Change’ are just that: loose change, unimportant things that don’t mean anything and can’t be used for anything important. If you find a small scattering of pennies on the ground, you don’t start creating wild ideas about where they came from; you realise that a unfortunate thing happened (a hole in someone’s pocket), and that those pennies are simply the remnants of that incident. Wow, that was a long-winded metaphor. You can choose to agree with me (about 9/11, not the metaphor), or you can be ignorant. It’s your choice.