I can easily see how things got out of hand for you. It's disturbing how
quickly the term "terrorist" was brought into play, but you were in a
"mob mentality rules" arena.
It is hard enough to attempt to enlighten one single, sober individual
(who may be a personal friend) over morning coffee, but several unfamiliar
people in varying degrees of sobriety? Not a good idea. People tend to
drink to escape their problems, not be reminded of them.
The day after 9/11, I began cautioning everyone I knew about the dangers
of becoming "too patriotic". I made posts to web sites warning how this
zeitgeist of patriotism could be manipulated by the PTB and now years
later it would seem ~to me~ that I was something of a prophet. But to
my friends and coworkers (whom I share my opinions with) I am still
seen as a sort of ~friendly, neighborhood conspiracy theorist~ who is
fun to jibe in social situations. (In private however, I am often asked
my opinion in a more serious tone)
I have learned something from this. 1. Give ~the sheeple~ little sips of
the truth, over a period of time. Describe only one piece of compelling
evidence per sitting, like a carefully administered dose of medicine. Let
them sleep on on it and assimilate the info. Rather than try to change
their minds all at once. Realize that people tend to change their mind
only when they believe their own original thought caused the change.
(We humans are a rather egotistical bunch, aren't we?)
Hmm, now I can't recall what #2 was. How about, when in a bar,
surrounded by people of different opinion, stay away from the topics
of politics and religion. Choose where and when to fight your battles
Good luck and godspeed.