The Columbus Dispatch
Published: December 5, 2002
Edition: Home Final
Section: EDITORIAL & COMMENT
This is the land of free speech. The right of expression is limited only at the extremes of communication (your right to swing your fist ends where another’s nose begins).
As a member of the mass media and an organization that promotes reading, The Dispatch would never suggest anything close to censorship or book-banning. That said, attention is called to a new book, 9-11, The Big Lie , by French left-wing author Thierry Meyssan, who plans to promote his piece de resistance in the United States, starting with New York City, the heroic icon of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Meyssan suggests that the attacks were the doings of the U.S. military and that the Pentagon was struck by an American military missile, not a hijacked airliner. All this as part of a military plot that involved waging war in Afghanistan. Even for a Gaul, that’s a lot of gall.
But expect a lot of hoopla when Meyssan comes ashore. A spokesman for USA Books says no dates have been set but major TV news shows have expressed interest. The book was widely derided in France, but it sold well anyway.
So, if Meyssan actually comes to the Big Apple to promote his book, he should drop in on a couple of fire stations to enlighten FDNY members as to how their 343 brethren died on 9/11; Then he’d get a real lesson in free speech.
But this is a free country, so read what you want. In this case, read the last two words of the title with special attention.
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