BBC News reports that Canadians are more partial to alternative theories of what really happened on 9/11/01 than Americans are:
An advertising campaign in Canada raises questions about the US government’s official account of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Are Canadians more sympathetic to anti-American conspiracy theories than Americans themselves?
The posters, displayed on buses in Ottawa, show an image of a World Trade Center building collapsing in the inferno of the terrorist attack that morning.
The advertising campaign is supported by a Lafayette, California-based organisation called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
The office tower, 7 World Trade Center, may have been destroyed in a controlled demolition, members of the organisation purport, rather than in a fire.
Frank Greening, a nuclear scientist who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, knows the people behind the organisation – truthers, as they are known – well. He first met them years ago.
Like them, he initially thought there was something more to the story of 9/11 than the US government let on. To him it seemed unlikely that a small group such as al-Qaeda could have pulled off such a monumental act of horror.
Besides like many Canadians, he harbours a deep scepticism of US officials and their explanations for why things happen.
“I think Canadians are more tolerant of conspiracy theories when it’s anti-American,” he said.
Jonathan Kay, an editor at the National Post and author of Among the Truthers, said 9/11 conspiracy theories resonate for a reason.
“There’s an underlying neurosis about American power,” he said. “In Canada, it’s very fashionable to casually attack the US as neo-imperialist.
“If you went up to someone and said, ‘Hey, was George Bush lying about Iraq?’ they’d say, ‘Oh, yeah, that sounds like something he’d do.’”…
[continues at BBC News]