We’ve all heard of ‘wishful thinking‘ – the very human tendency to believe what we’d like to be true. Wishful think has been around a long time.
More recently, eminent theologian and 9-11 sceptic David Ray Griffin has coined the term ‘fearful thinking‘.
He believes it’s key to understanding what prevents otherwise rational people from recognizing the obvious about 9-11.
As Griffin describes it, fearful thinking is when “you won’t believe what you actually fear to be the truth”. Ironically, the more common expression for this phenomenon is to be in a state of ‘denial’.
Professor Griffin, a scholar whose academic career has delved deeply into the intriguing field of ‘Process Theology’, has performed an enormous service to the world by devoting himself almost full-time, since 2003, to the ‘9-11 Truth Movement’. It can’t be fun for a man with his sights on the higher planes of human existence to spend years analyzing the cesspits of murder and deceit.
David Ray Griffin: A clear voice of reason on 9-11
Since 2003, his output of books about 9-11 has been prolific (and he’s even managed two remarkable new books about philosophy in his spare time!).
Griffin is a calm, reasoned voice in a debate that easily gets over-heated. He’s hard to discredit and sideline. Because Griffin is so hard to knock over, the main reaction of the mainstream media has been to ignore him.
David Ray Griffin plays an admirable role as a unifying figure in the 9-11 Truth Movement. He directs his critique, diplomatically, against ‘The American Empire’. In my opinion, he understates the role of Zionists in the atrocity and subsequent cover-up.
Like a true religious man, he’s charitable to detractors. In the video above, Griffin gives Noam Chomsky the benefit of the doubt over the latter’s dissembling nonsense about 9-11.
The rest of us don’t need to be so quite so kind. Noam Chomsky is highly suspect. His bizarre and irrational approach to facts about the Kennedy Assassination has long been suspicious. His analysis of Israeli-American relations, over the years, has been selective and misleading. Now 9-11…
Noam Chomsky: Bernie Madoff of the left-wing intelligentsia?
If Noam Chomsky isn’t a Zionist mole, he does a convincing imitation of the role.
An increasingly popular term for people like Chomsky is ‘left gatekeeper’.
The job appears to be misleading the politically progressive masses over a small number of topics crucial to Israel’s survival. Beyond those few topics, Chomsky is a hard-working and often insightful author, who’s done fine work for many progressive causes over many decades.
But Chomsky’s blind spots and occasional lies necessarily impair his overall credibility. “Falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus“
Likewise, I view Alexander Cockburn and George Monbiot with deep suspicion since their well-publicized comments about 9-11 (and in Cockburn’s case, on the Kennedy assassination also). When they’ve written about 9-11, it’s been to waffle and dissemble. Like Chomsky, they avoid strong arguments that damn the official version of events and parody the Truth Movement’s more flaky side. That’s intellectual dishonesty. It’s also covering for mass murderers.
As Griffin says, most people don’t like to think about evil on a vast and well-orchestrated scale.
It’s just too fearful to think about.
See also The Shame of Noam Chomsky & left gatekeepers by Canadian journalist Barry Zwicker.