We are allowed to believe that the North Korean government is bad, the Nazis were evil, Stalin was bad, Lenin was bad, Saddam was bad, Osama Bin Laden was bad, Nigeria and Liberia are corrupt, etc. We are allowed to openly examine the corruption and crimes against humanity of many other nations.......EXCEPT the USA. And England. And Canada. Our countries are off limits, because they are incapable of any wrongdoing. Our countries are only filled with honest, holy folks who could never do anything wrong. You see, our governments would NEVERRRRR be involved in crimes against humanity, because our governments are made up of better people!!
That's a straw man. See genocide of Native American's, slavery, British imperialism, manifest destiny, Canadian residential school system, War in Korea, War in Vietnam, Saddam may be gassing his own people but he doesn't like Iran so hey we must be friends and give him weapons, oh wait now he's an evil dictator so let's go to war and make the lives of his people better by throwing them from the frying pan into the fire, medical experiments on orphans and prisoners, guantanamo bay, waterboarding, etc. etc. etc.
I have faith in our democracy and checks and balances/separation of power and freedom of speech to get us back on path of good when we stray from it so long as we pay attention to history and learn from it. I don't pretend we don't have evil in our past though, and while we've come a long way from the our past, that we still don't do bad things. Weapons of mass destruction, anyone? I'm certainly no fan of Bush.
Just because it's not impossible that we could do horrible thing doesn't mean we do these particular horrible things. My main point of disbelief is not so much that they'd never do it as that they'd pull it off. The more people you have involved, the hard it is going to be to keep it a secret, and these conspiracies would have taken large numbers of people to pull it off.
ETA: one point I meant to make in my previous post but forgot is the focus of the original "conspiracy theory" video was not how the building collapsed or how we are capable of evil but just that the BBC reported the building had collapsed before actually did is damning evidence that something fishy must have been going on, and people who can't accept that are just too closed-minded.
Edited by pers - 9/10/13 at 1:54pm