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Happy New Year to you all. Here is a link to a recent study that… 
2nd-Jan-2006 11:47 am
Dilbert
Happy New Year to you all.

Here is a link to a recent study that says "Sizeable Minorities [in the US] Still Believe Saddam Hussein Had Strong Links to Al Qaeda, Helped Plan 9/11 and Had Weapons of Mass Destruction":

http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=623

What we can see here is that people are too quick to believe what the authorities tell them, particularly those with whom they identify (in this case, Bush voters), and the second problem is that once people started to believe something it is very hard to "unlearn" an idea they have become accustomed to and have become fond of. This is particularly true for "simple explanations". Nobody wants to hear the complex truth. Simple and black/white is much easier.
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3rd-Jan-2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Please also note how the letter tries to establish a connection between 9/11 (Bin Laden) and the Iraq (Saddam Hussein). That's exactly what US people *want* to believe because it would justify the war. The truth is that there is rather a connection beween president Bush and Bin Laden than between Hussein and Bin Laden (Osama Bin Laden's brother was, through his American representative James R. Bath, an investor in Arbusto Energy, a small oil company run by George W. Bush) (of course one should not make a consipration theories out of this either, but ironically this is a fact). If you want to justify the war, you have to give other reasons than WMD or Bin Laden.
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