It was just 6 short years ago that the world changed.
The shock and awe of that day is gradually becoming but a memory. Of course we remember much of the detail, where we were, what we thought, but the raw emotional wound is healing. We remembered that it hurt, but it just doesn't really hurt anymore. The scab on our psyche is gone and now only a scar remains.
It was the first day of the War on Terror, the vilification of an entire people and their religion. It was the launch of two major conflicts, soon to be followed by a third. It has been unabashed imperialism.
It was also the first day of the much less publicized War on Civil Liberties, beginning with the Patriot Act and on through to the Military Commissions Act with its suspension of habeus corpus, the first right.
It is therefore incumbent on us all, as citizens of this globe, to critically examine that catalytic event with a more objective eye, not one clouded by feelings but with a keen view to detail and fact.
There is one inescapable fact, one from which emerges a picture that suggests a far different explanation for the events of that day.
Late that afternoon, a 47 storey steel frame building collapsed. It was only the third time in history that a steel frame building had collapsed because of fire, the other two occuring that very same day. But this building was not even hit by an airplane, there was no large fireball. There were a few, small, inexplicable fires in this building that housed the New York offices of the FBI, the CIA and the SEC as well as the Mayor's official, specially-equipped, emergency command and control centre. And then it just collapsed on live television.
Do you remember that at all? Probably not. Most people don't. The building was World Trade Center 7 or WTC7. Look around for videos of the collapse, there are lots of them on the Internet. It's also shown in Oliver Stone's movie. Consider what it looks like. Consider that if fire can weaken steel to the point of collapse how could you ever fry an egg. Consider that the owner of the building, in what must have been a textbook Freudian moment, as much as admitted that it was brought down by controlled demolition or 'pulled'. How could that be? How could that happen? Why would that happen? Who could have made that happen? Then just keep asking questions and looking for answers. Consider the consequences and the implications.
Wars are man-made endeavours, natural only in the sense that man can be considered natural. They are the consequences of decisions made by men and women of influence, the ones who determine when and where hostilities will begin. A close examination of the reasons given usually points to some catalyzing event, like a sneak attack or the sinking of a ship or the destruction of an iconic landmark, some pretext for engaging in a conflict that was already sensed, like the one we sense now between the US and Persia.
Look into it a little. Give it some thought. This is the event that is shaping your future. It warrants some attention, if for no other reason than to fully acknowledge those innocent lives lost. The truth will set you free.
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