Tartan Day, much like Paddy’s Day in the States, isn’t about Scotland. It is a saccharine projection of dim-witted American expectations of Scotland and half remembered traditions of the old country. More, than this: It is about whipping up sales in the international centre of the religion of capitalism. Tartan – or “plaid” as our Merican cousins prefer to call it – is about money; it’s about playing on the emotions of American’s who have been convinced their great granny came over from Brigadoon or, more likely, Balamory. Tartan Day is about giving them what they want.
However much we adhere to the established truth – or the narrative – of 11 September 2001 there are some elements of these events that call into question the entire house of cards. In no way will it be suggested here that “the Jews,” “Zionists,” or even the US secret services were behind the attacks.