The Real Enemy

Looking at the Destruction of the Trade Towers


For years I have watched my friends argue about how the Trade Center Towers were destroyed on 9/11, whether by our enemies or by insiders. The disputers seem to think they disagree about the facts, but the facts are clear enough. It had to be an inside job.

I have seen videos of the twin towers as they fell. There were explosions coming out the sides of the buildings well below the area that was collapsing from being hit by planes. People who are into an analysis of such engineering matters as structure and demolition can’t reconcile those videos with a belief that the commandeered planes alone made the towers fall. I trust those who keep bringing up the question of who did that job. I trust them because they are willing to look squarely at a possibility most of us prefer to ignore: that our enemy is not outside our borders.

So, what is the real controversy? Is it whether someone on "our side" done wrong and covered it up? Or is it more whether all people are basically good, too good to put such a big bad over on us? And how do you reconcile the two if you believe, as I do, that someone done wrong and all of us are basically good?

I know many who cling to the idea that we are good. Maybe we elbow one another trying to survive, but no one would purposefully be that destructive unless they were our sworn enemies. I know a few who want us to confront what the evidence shows, the betrayal of the people by our own. These are not opposing ideas. From my experience, both sides speak truth.

When I was growing up in the 1950s, I believed (as children do) that life was very promising, that things were improving, and that there was a plan, a safety net, you know, with the grownups managing well enough. I was eager to get on with a successful life. Then, I learned two things. One, in 1945 someone made atom bombs and dropped them on a lot of people. Ouch! And, two, I myself was capable of doing harm. That capacity to be destructive, multiplied by all of us, was taking its toll. By the time I was 18, people were talking about the demise of the planet.

Reminds me of a poem by Ogden Nash. He calls it "Terra Firma" and mentions alarming situations. He ends the poem, "I daily feel more terror/and less firma." Me, too!

But I am not a pessimist. This is a wonderfully significant time to be alive and to witness the very evident struggle between our basic goodness and our capacity to do harm, each of us ranging somewhere on that scale, with a small minority every bit as willing to kill people as, say, oats. Think Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney. And whoever is unseen, rewarding their perfidy. Those few are willing to ruin the planet they stand on. Nuts? Yes. And they walk around in business suits and have influence. This means the rest of us have big work to do. We want to keep the planet for our grandchildren, right? Then, as the hippies used to say, we have to heavy up! Or, as the Virginian in Owen Wister's novel put it, play winning poker with the hand we're holding when the trouble starts.

What sort of heavy can we be? What winning poker is required? The hardest thing I have ever done has been to confront the magnitude of harm some few do--and still keep my faith in the goodness of human beings. I know people who think that if you even look at negative facts you'll get more negativity. There is truth to that, but it does not extend to ignoring real and present danger. Aren't "they" counting on our naivety? They are waging war directly on the American people, a situation so preposterous we won't, they hope, even see it until it's too late? How can we stop the damage if we don't look squarely at it, identify those few and nullify their power? We must see the betrayals and stop those guys. After all, they have no power but what we give them with our heads in the sand.

I want a pleasant world where honest people can feel safe and get ahead. But it's already not like that. And I'm skeptical about our ability to manifest that pleasant world by ignoring the violent, who are basically good but dangerous, and the puppeteers who manipulate the economy and stand quite ready to write the planet off so they can win a game they alone are playing. Don't try to understand them. What they do doesn't make sense. They are crazy. And I don't know about you, but nothing in my childhood prepared me to confront such danger among our own leaders. I've had to put it together lately.

The confusion comes from having false ideas of who opposes us. Just as there is no real difference between Democrats and Republicans, since both parties are run by the same hidden powers, there is also no guarantee that our entire government is not bought out by big money, by an invisible clique who care nothing for us, the people. It was not Bin Laden who was the enemy. He was just a decoy.

I'm not suggesting we lose our compassion. Surely we can find within ourselves an impulse toward destruction, and perhaps we're just lucky to be sane enough to restrain ourselves. But compassion doesn't mean letting them make off with the planet. Some of us are still using it.

Who was it who said one should have “eyes cold as ice and heart on fire”? Find out who is doing what. That's the "eyes cold as ice" part. Turn the situation around so our grandkids can have a planet. That's the "heart on fire" part.

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

I hope you're wrong triciajean, but fear you might be right. Yet I also feel that the answer is in your words, "they have no power but what we give them with our heads in the sand."


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Thanks, amillar. You highlighted the best point.


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alanlsg 5 years ago from The World

Very Interesting and Thought Provoking and for sure there is an invisible clique who make bad things happen so they can prosper in arms sales etc.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts, alanlsg. I'm glad you see it, too.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm a retired construction superintendent, and so too are most of my family. The puffs you saw are no mystery at all. When the pressure of the thousands of tons of floors above the impact site overcame the heated and damaged steel structure's ability to support it, it fell, causing a violent high compression of the air and smoke squeezed between the concrete decks of the collapsing floors. That air/smoke mixture had to go somewhere, so it was ejected violently out of the broken and breaking windows. That escaping, compressed air/smoke was what we all saw.

The reason so many bodies were never found was due to the enormous pressure of thousands of tons slamming floor after floor, turning human bodies into smears between concrete slabs. The ongoing fires turned those smears into ashes.

The entire conspiracy theory is ludicrous. It takes months of placing explosives, rigging pull cables, and otherwise engineering a building in order to implode it. It simply was not possible in the WTC towers, and what we all saw happen was exactly what did happen.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

That explains it! Thanks, WillStarr. I'm not sold on my theory of how the buildings fell, since I'm not an engineer. I do have scientist friends who argue it variously. What concerns me more is how it was set in motion and how it was used by our government.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"What concerns me more is how it was set in motion and how it was used by our government."

I have no doubt at all that our government simply failed us. The hijackers trained openly in the US while Bill Clinton was president, and then struck shortly after Bush was elected. It simply makes no sense that either man knew about it but allowed it to happen, since they would be blamed as president, and in fact were blamed.

How it was and will be used after the fact is another matter entirely. Just look at the new tyranny of the TSA! I used to fly at least twice a week, but now I refuse, because passengers are treated worse than criminals. At least a cop has to have probable cause!


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Thanks, Will. So true. We also think twice about flying.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Another thought, Will. I don't have much confidence that either Clinton or Bush were able to protect themselves from negative public perception--even if they did know. US presidents don't have much power compared to the money interests, the status quo.

As a general comment, an article I enjoyed about how people perceive the goings on was written by Mike Adams, The Health Ranger. He calls it "The Gullible Mind Explained."


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Actually, I have read that, and Adams himself has a gullible mind, not because he believes the official explanation, but because he believes a conspiracy theory that is all but impossible.

How those buildings collapsed is quite apparent to those of us who spent years putting them up. It may perplex a 'health ranger', but not an expert.

Steel is very strong at low temperatures, but it rapidly loses strength as temperatures rise. It does not have to melt to collapse as claimed by conspiracy kooks. It also expands as temperatures rise. For those two reasons, almost all building codes require that all structural steel be coated with fireproofing, something that a health ranger would not know.

The force of impact knocked most of the fireproofing off the structural steel, a fact that can plainly be seen in the thousands of photos.

The fires caused the now unprotected steel to lose strength and expand, pushing the already badly damaged vertical columns and walls outward and out of critical vertical alignment. That bulging of the outside walls can also plainly be seen in photos.

When the weight of the building above the damage and fires exceeded the hot steel's ability to support it, the building collapsed, and once all those thousands of tons started moving, all that kinetic energy was far too powerful to stop, and the building collapsed floor after floor all the way to the ground.

Apply Occam's razor to such theories, and it becomes obvious that what we all saw happen is exactly what did happen. Mt. Adams should stick to health rangering.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Hi, Will. Again, thanks for your input. I guess it all comes down to who each of us trusts, and I don't think there is any way to argue that. I have been following Rick Adams for many months through all kinds if issues and his articles hold up to my scrutiny. But I'm only saying, not trying to convince you. Peace. You have made this post a lively discussion.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm sure Rick Adams has many good points to make, but on this topic, he is dead wrong.

Those buildings came down from a combination of the massive structural damage caused by the impact of giant airliners traveling just under the speed of sound, the loss of fireproofing on the remaining support steel, and then the heat from the fires.

It's a no-brainer, and Rick Adams's conclusions are also no-brainers.


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

I am still wondering about this history making tragedy! I am hoping that one day we will know the truth of it all. Thank you for sharing.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Will, thank you again for your thoughts.

And, Thanks, jean2011. You speak from the heart and for all of us.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

triciajean - some very well placed doubt! And, I think that's a GOOD thing! A government who fears the people ... is standing right where it should be.


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JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

WillStarr

The trades people understand what occurred and Will your explanation is right on. The intense heat from the high octane fuel was an important factor in the structural failure of the steel structure. If the structure was a concrete reinforced building, there may have been centralized damages only where the planes entered the structure. Today most all high rise structures are steel frame with fireproofing because of the economics.

Pray for all those that perished on Sept.11,2001and for those who now fight the enemy. May God bless America.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Thank you Jon Ewall and femmeflashpoint for reading my controversial thoughts about our leaders. I've learned a lot from all the comments and I appreciate the support. As I said in the hub, this is tough stuff.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

Now, I want to speak about patriotism and my blessing for America. Let us bless an America who leaders can be trusted and whose activities are transparent. Let us bless the huge percentage of truly good people in our country.

Then let us take up our courage and look as squarely as we can at our leaders. A Google search for the phrase "for 9/11 truth" demonstrates just how many groups are working to counter the deceptions and injustices: scientists, architects, engineers, scholars, pilots, fire-fighters, medical professionals, etc. More than 1,500 verified architectural and engineering professionals have called for a new investigation and cited evidence of controlled demolitions at all three collapsed WTC steel-framed high-rises: the Twin Towers and WTC7. Dozens of experts, from structural engineers to architects, physicists,? mechanical engineers, metallurgical engineering graduates, PhD scientists, fire protection engineers, fire-fighters, electrical design engineers, explosives technicians, etc, may be seen on the ae911truth channel on YouTube, explaining why they know the 9/11 official conspiracy theory is a pack of lies.


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triciajean 5 years ago from Bantam, CT Author

My last statement was quoted from takeourworldback.com/911realitydeniers

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