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This is a trip down memory lane... Robert Fisk has been under the radar for a while, and I had figured that his minders had finally got tired of replacing the gnawed-through leather straps and those 3am calls about some crazy old man wandering the streets of Beirut in nothing but his socks and finally had him committed, but here he is, back to his old, far-too-easily-parodied twenty-dumb-questions style of column-scribbling. This time he's decided (better late than never) to jump on the 9/11 Truther bandwagon just as it's run out of gas. Time to fisk the Fisk:

where are the aircraft parts (engines, etc) from the attack on the Pentagon?

Um, did he expect that there would be chunks of burned and melted steel just left lying around, maybe smaller pieces being used as paperweights? I'm surprised he didn't also say "well, where is the giant hole, eh? Wasn't there a giant hole?" I guess living as long as he has in various foreign backwaters he's used to seeing stuff that's been blown up or otherwise destroyed just left lying there, but here in America (you know, the civilized part of the world?) we have this habit of cleaning up and fixing things. Crazy I know. No really, this question ("where are the plane parts? Huh? Huh?") is just so stupid in an elemental, post-lobotomy way. Anyone who asks that question should have all sharp objects removed from their vicinity and be strapped to their chair.

Why have the officials involved in the United 93 flight (which crashed in Pennsylvania) been muzzled?

Huh? What "officials"? What the hell is he talking about? Everyone "involved" in the United 93 flight is dead. I don't know what other "officials" he can possibly be referring to.

Why did flight 93’s debris spread over miles when it was supposed to have crashed in one piece in a field?

Good God what an idiot. "Crash in one piece"--? Does he think that planes just fall to the ground and lie there like dropped boxes? Has he never seen footage of any other plane crash, with debris scattered everywhere "for miles"? Has he never dropped a glass on a hard floor?

He claims he's talking about "scientific issues." And he demands that no one call him a "conspiracy theorist." Okay fine, then you're a senile old coot.

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