This occasional feature looks to bring together some of the articles and issues which have either caught the eye of 9/11 Cultwatch, or have been passed to us as important, by our contributors. If you see something that you feel may interest us, do contact either Paul Stott or Larry O’Hara.
In historical terms it has arguably been very difficult to discuss conspiracy theory without reference to anti-Semitism. As part of a wider examination of ‘The Jewish Question’ the Spiked on-line magazine ran an editorial on 3 February considering how contemporary conspiracy culture has made anti-Semitism respectable. We might add that it is such conspiracy thinking, along with the rise of Islamism, that gives contemporary anti-Semitism its impetus in Britain.
Over on the political right, the Gatestone Institute reported on 6 February that French Front National leader Marine Le Pen is guided by her Foreign Policy Advisor, Aymeric Chauprade. Little known in the UK, Chauprade was dismissed from his lecturing position at the French Military Academy in 2009, after adopting what could be seen as a conspiracist position on 9/11. There appears very little in English on or by Chauprade – for example all 22 links on his Wikipedia page are in French, as are all of the weighty articles comprising his collected works. This American far-right blog appears about the best English language source available, and quotes Chauprade thus:
“It’s true that I present the theory (of an Israeli-American conspiracy) in a favourable light, but I don’t say it’s my position. I wanted to show the opposition between two ways of seeing the world, aware that half of humanity thinks the 9/11 attacks were the result of a conspiracy, and not the work of al-Qaida Islamists.”
With advice like that, Ms Le Pen is going to get worse, not better.
Staying across the channel, the comedian Dieudonne has featured on this site on a few occasions, due to his past association with 9/11 truther Thierry Meyssan and his anti-Zionist party. There is clearly money in jew-baiting – a police raid has uncovered 650,000 Euros under the bed in Dieudonne’s home. All those comparing him to Bernard Manning were clearly in error. If Dieudonne has a British inspiration, it is surely the Inland Revenue’s greatest opponent, Knotty Ash comedian Ken Dodd?