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Patchy but entertaining,
This review is from: Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History (Paperback)
There are some sections of this book that sit incongruously alongside others. I think it's pretty much accepted that Stalin's show-trials were a set-up to get rid of his enemies but modern conspiracy theories where there is debate still on-going about the causes of 9/11 and the death of David Kelly probably merited a book of their own. That said I think Aaronovitch mainly hits the spot: the Kennedy assassination was physically possible from the Book Depositary window, 9/11 would have required organisation on a massive scale (and the mass extermination of possibly thousands of potential witnesses), and Diana was killed by a drunk driver who by pure bad luck managed to crash the car in such a precise way for it to be fatal. Aaronovitch precisely skewers the theorists themselves: Scholars for 9/11 Truth has just two engineers amongst their membership (one who designs dental equipment, the other who believes the world is controlled by a secret cabal run by the British Royal Family) yet a dozen philosophy professors who feel they qualified to comment on matters of aerodynamics and civil engineering. The group of retired medics who persist in believing that David Kelly was murdered have not a single Pathologist amongst their number (and believe me a Trauma Surgeon or Anaesthetist knows nothing about pathology). Aaronovitch saves most of his ire for Norman Baker MP who persistently claims David Kelly was murdered despite not a shred of evidence to support it. Baker should be hounded from Parliament and be made to apologise to Dr. Kelly's widow who he has persistently accused of complicity in the cover up. Also if any of the above conspiracies had been planned by either MI5, MI6, FBI, CIA,NSA surely we would know via Wikileaks by now?
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Initial post: 8 May 2013 23:30:46 BDT
G Cooper says:
"Scholars for 9/11 Truth has just two engineers amongst their membership (one who designs dental equipment, the other who believes the world is controlled by a secret cabal run by the British Royal Family)"
Do you really believe this? You seem to have been taken in by Aaronovitch's "a collection of geeks, teenagers, far-leftists, far-rightists, strange millionaires and perpetual dissisents" slur. Have you absolutely no curiosity? Please account for all the miltary officers, pilots, political leaders, Intelligence officers and others of recognised credentials who make up the 9/11 truth movement. Aaronovitch uses glib and slippery techniques to pursuade incurious readers. If you take him at his word, you are in the mire. First research the man, and then evaluate his book.
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