Wednesday, June 29, 2005

 

Saying It Don't Make It So

The late Carl Sagan, astronomer, popularizer of science, author, and stalwart of the U.S. space program, argued in his book The Demon-Haunted World that all U.S. high school students should be required to take a course in skeptical thinking. It is evidently a quality that is sorely lacking in the American public.

George Bush himself has admitted that there is no connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq. Bush himself said some time ago that Osama bin Laden is irrelevant and that he doesn't care about him. And yet, last night, in his speech to 750 U.S. soldiers who'd been instructed to keep quiet, Bush tried again and again--five times, to be exact--to link his Iraq adventure to 9/11 and the hunt for bin Laden. It's the same strategy that got us into this mess in the first place--imply a connection again and again, and hope enough people just don't bother to look into the matter closely enough to discover that it just isn't true.



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