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September 25, 2010

Why Walk Out?

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism

U.S. diplomats and other Western delegations have walked out of a United Nations summit after the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addressed the General Assembly in New York on Thursday and said some believe the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. was the work of Americans to save Israel.  Ahmadinejad said there was a theory that "some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime."  For better or worse, significant segments of the world's population are sympathetic to Ahmadinejad's "conspiratorial" view of the 9/11 attacks. 

If you've seen Loose Change or Zeitgeist the Movie, or the countless other documentaries that allege the same thing Ahmadinejad repeated,  you know that the Iranian president is correct, there are "some segments" inside and outside the U.S. that believe that, at the very least, the U.S. government purposely ignored a very serious threat and the result was the events of 9/11/01.  The event of 9/11/01 caused 3,000 immediate deaths and thousands of others from the two resulting wars occurring thereafter.  People have a right to question and they should and it is ridiculous that diplomats walked out over such a statement.  The real reaction should have been one of concern, because if there are groups that believe that the events of 9/11/01 were an inside job, which there are, Western diplomats should look into why they believe that and try to prove the alternative through an objective investigation and report. 

Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single authority or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer.” ~Ronald Reagan