Saturday, February 23, 2008

9/11 myth about Canada

I've been working in Alexandria, Virginia lately and have toured around Washington, DC. On crossing the Potomac River back to Arlington and Alexandria, I've driven by the Pentagon a few times, and have thought about 9/11 quite a bit. What people forget is that the Pentagon is right across the river from the White House, Capitol and National Mall. A slight deviation could have had the plane hit America at it's governmental core.

In speaking with some American friends, a couple of them blamed Canada for allowing the 9/11 terrorists to go through my country into the U.S. to commit and plan the attacks.

I honestly didn't know the truth behind those claims, and was a bit embarrassed. My only reply was, "They got into the U.S. as well!"

But the truth is, the 9/11 terrorists did not enter the U.S. through Canada. Read this. They had already been in the U.S. for sometime, training and planning the attacks.

I'm not trying to play down the terrible events and the lives lost that day. On the contrary, it is the truth of what happened that is ever important. There's a lot of conspiracy theories regarding that day, and from what I've seen, they've been refuted.

Mind you, many Americans really don't know much about their neighbours to the north. They do think it's really cold, as whenever it's really cold in the U.S., especially this winter, their weather reporters usually say, "... cold front from Canada" or "Alberta clipper moves cold air into the Midwest". The truth is, that cold air usually originates from Siberia and the Arctic.

Anyway, I just wanted to clear that up.

1 comment:

Holy said...

Yeah I remember when the Canadian travel connection myth was debunked - it got very little media play but it was at least alluded to that perhaps Canada was not to blame.

But Blame Canada is a fun thing to do. Heaven forbid such activities were actually being plotted and planned on homeland soil. Egads.

So are you digging the Washington thing yet?