Charlie Sheen, amidst his massive drug addiction problems, claimes the official story of September 11 is “a fiction, and not a very good one”.
He claims the attacks served as “the pretext for the dismantling of our Constitution and Bill of Rights” and to justify war on Iraq.
He also hints that Osama bin Laden works for the US government.
Charlie Sheen, in a move that I’d hate to think will prompt cynics to suggest he’s got a screw loose, has also written a script of an imaginary conversation between himself and Barack Obama.
Disappointingly Sheen is yet to confirm that Osama Bin Laden recorded his anti-West videos on the same film set the Americans used to fake the Moon landings. Perhaps Sheen can also supply us with proof that Bush faked 7/7.
Should Sheen fail to do so, however, I fear I shall be unable to shake off a prejudice I have against 9/11 conspiracy theorists: that they’re all raving egomaniacs. Faith in conspiracy theories generally, it seems to me, is a powerful indicator of low self-esteem. Conspiracy theorists desperately want to believe the worst because it makes them feel that they know best, that they have special information to which the rest of us, the gullible unthinking herd, are not privy.
I suspect that the reason 9/11 is particularly attractive to conspiracy theorists is that it happened while President Bush was in power. Most conspiracy theorists that I’ve come across despise Bush, although their ideas about him are somewhat confused: on the one hand they think he’s thick, but on the other they think he’s clever enough to oversee a plot as complicated as the faking of the biggest terrorist attack in American history.
At any rate, believing in outlandish conspiracies is exciting. It makes you feel smart and superior and important. It gives a thrilling boost to the ego.
A bit like being a Hollywood star.