Although it rarely gets mentioned, I always felt 9/11 played a significant role in laying the foundations for the white interest politics we see today. Now taken for granted as part of the historical backdrop, 9/11 and the wars that followed opened the door to a vast new world of conspiracy, huge skepticism of government and a focus on which groups were aggressively shaping US Middle East policy.
While there are a lot of younger people involved in white identity activism now – who frankly may have been too young to be affected by 9/11, the effects of the tragedy, coinciding with the growth of the internet laid a framework that was far more friendly to WN ideas than had existed previously.
It should be said that the problems of race, identity, immigration and diversity are extremely real and burgeoning in their own right and tackling them is a necessity, but I do believe 9/11, particularly the swirling world of alternative theories about the event were necessary components in fertilizing the soil in that direction.
And it’s not hard to see why. 9/11 was an atrocity that broke a lot of presumptions, most pressingly for Americans, who had never suffered this scale of attack on their mainland, indeed it was the worst terrorist atrocity in world history. There was a sense -rightly or wrongly- that America had become really quite insulated from the consequences of its own foreign policy up until that point. Moreover, there was a sense that the American public had become really quite disconnected from the forces in charge of them. Those feelings were only enhanced by the military responses to 9/11 and US domestic policy changes following the attack.
For the rest of the world, 9/11 shook politics in malignant but predictable ways, giving European governments an easy excuse to crackdown on their own white populations in the form of ‘anti-terror’ legislation and hastening technological surveillance -both enabled by the misery of diversity and multiculturalism, i.e: no diversity = no need to worry about Jihadists.
It also gave opportunity for politicians like Tony Blair to eagerly jump on to the world stage in an interventionist ‘War on Terror’ with the United States, based on completely fake news promulgated by the establishment media, although even there, it was just too extraordinary to pass off without any objection.
For everyone else, wherever they were on the political spectrum, conspiracy-minded or not, especially if they weren’t well versed in politics up to that point, 9/11 was like a ball of unwinding cotton. The more you kept pulling at the thread the more the unwound cotton would lead you into previously excluded and ‘dangerous’ ideas: explanations about everything that was wrong with the current global political system. Whether some of these explanations were sufficient or not, they were – for the first time in recent memory – manifestly present.
Related issues that were once taboo started to find a new and tentative, but curious audience, in particular the holocaust, although decried as a subject by many mainstream 9/11 Truthers, the mood was, ‘If we’ve been lied to about 9/11, what else have we been lied to about ?’
Meanwhile, a host of other activists energized by 9/11’s wars, led by American patriots -more counter-semitic than explicitly white nationalist, and accompanied by American Middle Eastern Christians and Muslims were becoming fierce and vocal critics of Jewish power. The Anti-Defamation League complaining about Israel-centric 9/11 theories, but really summarizing a wider emerging mood wrote in 2003:
The Big Lie has united American far-right extremists and white supremacists and elements within the Arab and Muslim world that are exchanging and repeating information, ideas and conspiracy theories.
[…]9/11 conspiracies have laid the foundation for the proliferation of similar conspiracy theories about other global disasters. […] Others blame Jews and Israelis for “pushing” the U.S. into war against Saddam Hussein.
Indeed, although I couldn’t find the specific quote I was looking for, the ADL have been highly critical of conspiracy theories in general, believing -correctly- that an atmosphere of conspiracy theories is not conducive to Jewish interests.
9/11 Truth felt like an extremely dangerous challenge to the establishment. You were essentially accusing the United States government of mass murder to launch wars in the Middle East, or even more dangerously, claiming that America was covering up for Israel’s involvement in 9/11 and that the Jews allegedly involved were part of a class too powerful and privileged to bring to justice.
And the more the establishment and lobbyists denounced 9/11 conspiracy theories, the more real and urgent the Truthers’ case seemed to them, the more determined they became to bring the corrupt establishment to justice for its crimes.
Needless to say, the current emphasis about ‘Red-pilling’ new people into race realism is highly reminiscent of 9/11 Truthers ‘waking people up’ to the questions around 9/11, although one would hope it ought to be far less controversial.
Whatever the truth about 9/11, and I suspect we may never know the entire truth, this became the first political red pill for many, and in doing so set the stage for further red pills to come.