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German Protestors Marked 9/11 by Denouncing "Inside Job," "Reichstag Fire"

"Trutherism" is alive and well in Europe.

3:40 PM, Sep 21, 2010 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL
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Other than among associates of Feisal Abdul Rauf, one could well believe that 9/11 “trutherism” is largely a thing of the past. The main target of the “9/11 truth movement” was always, after all, the supposedly nefarious cabal otherwise known as the Bush administration. With the end of President Bush’s second term, the “movement” had lost its very raison d’être.

German Protestors Marked 9/11 by Denouncing "Inside Job," "Reichstag Fire"

In the meanwhile, the vast majority of Americans have other fish to fry. But photographs from a rally that took place in Berlin on the anniversary of 9/11 suggest that 9/11 “trutherism” is alive and well in Germany.

In fact, what has come to be known as “trutherism” was widespread in Europe long before the “inside job” thesis had virtually any adherents in the United States. As discussed in my article “The Legend of the Squandered Sympathy,” the “inside job” thesis first appeared in the pages of France’s newspaper of record, Le Monde, only one week after the attacks. It was put forward there by a researcher from the prestigious National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), no less.

The first French edition of Thierry Meyssan’s would-be 9/11 exposé L'Effroyable Imposture – roughly, “The Terrifying Hoax” – was published merely six months after the attacks. It quickly shot to the top of the French best-seller list, with a reported 200,000 copies being sold in a matter of weeks. The publication in 2003 of an English edition under the title 9/11, The Big Lie passed nearly unperceived. It would, however, serve as one of the principal sources for the American “trutherism” that emerged some years later.

The German appetite for the “inside job” thesis was possibly even more voracious than the French. By summer 2003, the German book market was crowded with what would nowadays be known as “trutherist” literature, including a German edition of Meyssan’s opus and several native German offerings with titles like Conspiracies, Conspiracy Theories and the Secrets of 9/11, Operation 9/11: Attack on the World, and The CIA and 9/11: International Terror and the Secret Services. The latter was written by Andreas von Bülow, a former minister of research in the German government. It is presently in its seventh edition.

In 2007, the German public television network ZDF marked the sixth anniversary of 9/11 by broadcasting a documentary titled “September 11, 2001: What Really Happened.” The documentary gave a sympathetic – if somewhat inconclusive – hearing to the proponents of the “inside job” thesis. (See my article “America is Somehow to Blame: German Public Television on 9/11”.) An online poll linked to the broadcast is still available on the ZDF website. As of this writing, fully 67 percent of the respondents identify "George W. Bush" (27 percent) or "U.S. Authorities" (25 percent) or the "Armaments Lobby" (15 percent) as having been behind the attacks. Only 25 percent choose the fourth option: Osama Bin Laden.

“Regime change” in the United States appears not to have sated the hunger for “9/11 truth” in Germany. As documented on the German Gnurpsnewoel blog, “truthers” were out in force earlier this month at the “Freedom Not Fear” demonstration that took place on Saturday, September 11, in Berlin. The full collection of photos can be viewed here. (Hat-tip: Classless Kulla.)

Berlin, September 11, 2010: Photo Credit: GnurpsnewoelBerlin, September 11, 2010: Photo Credit: Gnurpsnewoel

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