Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing ahead with her “independent 9/11-type commission,” but it looks more like an effort to bolster conspiracy theories than to get all the facts out.
For starters, she’s plainly eager to turn the awful Jan. 6 Capitol riot into a culture-shifting moment the way 9/11 was. She’d like nothing better than to have the government treat most conservatives as terrorists, or at least enablers of terrorism.
Problem is, 9/11 was objectively a far bigger deal than the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. The al Qaeda plot saw four jets hijacked, two cities targeted and nearly 3,000 dead innocents. At the Capitol, pro-Trump hoodlums broke in, vandalized the building and delayed an important step in the presidential election process. Five people died in the scattered violence.
Again, it was outrageous — but not in the same league as the Islamists’ well-planned 2001 airborne strike. Indeed, of the five Capitol deaths, four were of the rioters: Two of the rioters reportedly died for medical reasons, one by accidental trampling, and one, Ashli Babbitt, was shot by a cop.
Early reports that the invaders beat the fifth victim, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, to death with a fire extinguisher now appear wrong. CNN this month noted that “medical examiners did not find signs that [Sicknick] sustained any blunt force trauma.”
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