Painful 9/11 truth
By Joel S. Hirschhorn
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 12, 2007, 01:31
Many technical analyses cast doubt on the official
explanation of the collapse of three World Trade Center buildings, including
those presented by an impressive new group: Architects and Engineers for 9/11
Truth. More difficult than discovering the truth, however, is convincing most
of the public to accept the bitter truth.
Americans easily block out painful truths. Powerful societal
forces keep much of the population distracted and uninterested in complex
issues. Entertainment-oriented mainstream media contribute to mass ignorance.
And the political establishment often buries the truth, uses propaganda and
manipulates citizens. Intelligent, strong-willed people can fight all these.
But on a deeper level, many truths are blocked
psychologically, because they produce too much pain. This results when truths
sharply disagree with strongly held beliefs. The conflict produces cognitive
dissonance that can block full acceptance of the disturbing truth. People fall
victim to self-manipulation and self-delusion. Truths are dismissed and false
beliefs remain embedded.
When it comes to 9/11, we face the strong belief that only
Al-Qaeda caused 9/11. But analyses by many experts reveal the collapse of three
WTC buildings was not caused by the two airplanes exploding into the two
towers. Without getting into details that one can spend many hours examining on
a number of websites, the general view is that the buildings were brought down
by controlled demolition.
If correct -- IF -- the immediate reaction is like a cosmic
big bang. It would have taken considerable effort by a number of people with
expertise and access to the buildings to rig them so that they could be
intentionally collapsed when the two jets hit the towers. Tough questions flood
in: Who could have engineered all this? Could foreign agents accomplish such
complex actions -- and if they did, why not take credit for it? If Americans
did it, why would they intentionally inflict inevitable mass death and
devastation? Worse, they seemingly knew about the plan to fly the jets into the
Post-9/11, why have the government and official
investigations not come to the same controlled demolition conclusion? This
might be explained if the government was involved.
Pull one string and the whole 9/11 story unravels as your
imagination triggers unending questions. Can Americans support a
reinvestigation and rethinking of the 9/11 event? Or would they rather avoid
even more pain and preserve the official account that places all blame on
Al-Qaeda? So easy to criticize those who offer different explanations as
After all, the new truth would be so shocking that we would
have to question our political and government system. Could there have been
such malevolence somewhere in our government? Did a monumental conspiracy push
us into attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq? Did petroleum and corporate interests
Like other groups, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
wants a new, honest and comprehensive study that considers all the evidence for
controlled demolition. First, let the technical truth emerge. Then, if
necessary, cope with the inevitable political, conspiracy and other questions.
But let us not allow a possible painful truth block the primary task of
determining once and for all what caused the collapse of the WTC towers and
building no. 7.
If there were non-Muslim forces -- possibly U.S. government
ones -- that played a major role in the WTC catastrophe, then let us have the
courage to face the truth. Suppose some element of our government played a
secret, awful role. If we do not uncover it, then we are vulnerable to repeat
nefarious and unimaginable activity in the future -- possibly to impact the 2008
presidential election. Discovering 9/11 truth would enshrine the wisdom of the
old adage: the truth hurts. That means suffering the pain of revealing lies and
cover-ups. Mourning over the deaths of building victims and heroic first
responders would expand with new anger. And another reason to hate and oppose
the Iraq war would surface.
If those who believe the official 9/11 story -- especially
elected officials -- trust their views, then let them support a serious
investigation to test the validity of the controlled demolition hypothesis. If
they fear and reject doing so, then let us see that as suspicious and
As a former engineering professor with growing skepticism
about the official WTC story, I joined Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth;
you can learn about the controlled demolition findings and other similar
truth-seeking efforts at www.ae911truth.org.
You choose: seek the truth yourself or take the easy way and just criticize
those who question the official story.
To sum up, horrific possible answers can cause us to shun a
question. But clearing our minds of fears of painful truths is essential to
clearing our nation of destructive lies. Otherwise, we stay stuck in a
S. Hirschhorn was a full professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and
a senior staffer at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the
National Governors Association. He is the author of "Delusional
Democracy -- Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the
a founder of Friends of the Article V
Convention. He can be reached through www.delusionaldemocracy.com.
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