Comment: Agreed. Let's not rush to judgment. Be SMART.

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Agreed. Let's not rush to judgment. Be SMART.

I second Sethster's call for rational consideration of all this and for us to remain calm and not jump to conclusions.

In fact, I'd go further than him: I wouldn't even put the phrase "false flag" anywhere in a post that goes on the front page, let alone openly speculate about. Why? Because it's bad optics. It makes us look bad that one of the first places our discussion goes in a time of tragedy is toward a conspiracy.

I would call on all of us to resist the jingoism and patriotic fervor that typically follows such an event. I would resist the "Othering" and jumping to conclusions about it being "us vs. them." But I would definitely wait until the dust settles before engaging in speculation that could make us look bad.

Again, I'm not trying to be the discourse police. I'm not saying "don't be skeptical" or "never raise questions." I'm saying that PUBLIC speculation can, at times, be viewed by the masses as insensitive and damage our credibility. Let's be patient. Let's be willing to ask tough questions and challenge flawed assumptions. But let's be SMART about it.