9-15-16 – September 11th Shadows

by John J. Metzler

UNITED NATIONS—On a picture perfect September morning, the Grim Reaper struck in New York. Hijacked aircraft slammed into the Twin Towers of the Word Trade Center shattering the myth that terrorism “can’t happen here.”   Before long, the towers were like two belching black smokestacks set against the azure blue sky. America was under direct attack.

As I wrote fifteen years ago, and still assert, September 11th 2001 became this generation’s Pearl Harbor. The unprovoked attack on, in this case, iconic civilian targets by Al Qaida terrorists would set the political template for a generation much as Imperial’s Japan’s December 7, 1941 attack on Hawaii would trigger a reluctant America’s entry into WWII.

The docile rationalization “it can’t happen here” literally went up in smoke on September 11th.

The fundamental difference between the two attacks was that in 1941, the swarms of attacking aircraft carried the symbol of the red rising sun, and the aggressor had a home address: Japan. In the case of September 11, the shadowy terrorist Al Qaida network was then based in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which had become home base for the Osama Bin Laden network. Stated another way, we knew where to find to the perpetrators of Pearl Harbor whereas responding decisively to Al Qaida has assumed an ongoing war against shadows in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and beyond.

The counter thrust against radical Islamic terrorism remains the conflict of a generation; we may be only about half way through.

But while we look back fifteen years, there are some quarters who will smugly say, fifteen years after the December 7’s, Day of Infamy, we were no longer fighting Japan nor Nazi Germany.

True. That’s precisely because both aggressive regimes were soundly defeated by the Big Five allies, the USA, Britain, France, Nationalist China, and Russia.

So if we look at the world of say 1956, namely fifteen years after Pearl Harbor, both Japan and Germany were being rebuilt as democratic and strong socio/economic systems. Both had become American allies, and both had become model democracies.

This is not the current case with the radical strain of hatred and violence which has hijacked parts of Islam. Al Qaida or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a gaggle of other fundamentalist groups are symbols of global hate, intolerance, and hideous violence. These militants are far from vanquished despite the boastful hubris from the Obama Administration that we’re beating them.   The problem is far from contained or resolved.

Indeed the danger has widened and spread throughout the Middle East and Africa: Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan. Yemen, once the poster child for Obama’s moderate Muslim policy, is wracked by brutal civil war. Turkey, once a reliable ally, faces political turmoil. In Africa, Nigeria, Somalia and Mali are torn asunder by extremism. So are we really safer?

Regrettably, a September 10, 2001 mentality still rests in much of the American psyche; well it happened, but can’t happen again.

Addressing last year’s UN General Assembly session, King Abdullah II of Jordan decried the violence between militant Islam and the world calling the “crisis a third world war, and I believe we must respond with equal intensity.” He spoke of the khawarej, the extremist outlaws who “use religion as a mask.” The Jordanian King warned tellingly, “Extremists rely on the apathy of moderates.”

Memories of that fateful day still flood my memory when I see the lights of lower Manhattan and recall the area that became known as Ground Zero. Three thousand innocent civilians from twenty countries were killed that cursed day. Some 343 New York Fire Department members and countless first responders lost their lives trying to save them. Even now sometimes when I see an aircraft flying a little low in the traffic pattern on a clear day, I have this flash-back to September 11th, and the attacks on New York, the Pentagon in Washington and in Pennsylvania.

Happily since then, New York has amazingly rebounded and shown its defiant resilience.

The current presidential campaign holds two competing visions both hawkish but nuanced. One claims that the problem is controllable and contained. The other asserts that we are yet to truly counterattack the menace. America’s Terrible swift sword is yet to vanquish the enemy.

Indeed by the Pearl Harbor anniversary, America will have chosen its new president.

Yet even on the clearest and most beautiful Autumn days, September 11 shadows and the symbolism still linger.

John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Divided Dynamism The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China.


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Paul Kenyon September 17, 2016 at 1:15 am

Anyone who believes that the World Trade Center buildings I and II fell from the top down in and in slightly less than 10 seconds due to fires and damage in upper floors the only energy for the collapse coming from gravity, as reported by the NIST and the US government, needs to take the following to a physicist: WTC I and II were 1368 feet high. A stone dropped from that height will take close to nine and a quarter seconds to reach the ground. The calculation is a simple one. This is already very close to the actual collapse times for either building. Drag due to air resistance is not considered in the calculation. The air resistance would slow the rock making the rock’s unimpeded (free fall) trip to the pavement take closer to 10 seconds. NIST, in its analysis, failed to consider the mass of the stationary floors being impacted (NIST treated the awaiting, stationary floors as mass-less) and accelerated downward by the falling, upper floors. The masses of those stationary floors, which must be accelerated from zero upon impact from falling mass from above, will continually act to slow the unfolding collapse. A simple analysis ignoring the (very strong but perhaps too complex to model) support structure puts an absolute fastest time to collapse at 12 seconds, already greater than the NIST published (and easily time-able from videos) collapse times. A complete collapse may not even have been possible due to collapse energy lost in all the energy-absorbing interactions on the way down such as pulverizing concrete, mass being thrown upward, massive beams thrown sideways and embedded in buildings hundreds of feet away, the heating and melting of tons of steel. It is estimated (Dr. Gregory Jenkins) that only half the falling mass fell within the footprint of either building, the rest falling in a large circle around the building and away from it. Mass that fell wide of the building could not contribute to destroying strong support structure and driving yet to be impacted, awaiting floors downward. The mass cast wide of the building footprint causes an absolute fastest collapse to increase to, now, 15 seconds.
Have an independent physicist make those calculations. While she’s doing it, watch the collapse of WTC 7 and compare it to videos of controlled demolition collapses. You’ll find many on the Internet.
Consider, too, the collapse of the remnant of a corner or core of the North WTC called (videos available on the Internet) “The Spire,” a tower which was 700 feet tall. Watch it collapse. Then think about what you know about steel. Take a paper clip, straighten it out and push it into a rubber eraser so it stands straight upward and see how long it takes to do what the videos show “the Spire” doing, collapsing straight down (many seconds after the global collapse of the floors this structure supported have swirled away) and then dematerializing into dust and drifting away in the slight morning breeze. Remember the steadfast insistence by the US government that there were no explosives in the buildings. In any event, explosives strapped to steel uprights would have not likely survived the fury of the global collapse of that building, so what you’re seeing is quite mysterious. Watch it and think about it…and remember it.
Remember, too, that what we witnessed was the publicly broadcast murder of some 3000 people which was followed by the vilification of a major world religion. A lot happened on 9/11/2001 and we have not been told “the half of it.” It appears, though, that either the US government is lying to us or that it has gotten the collapses quite badly wrong and, oddly, has stuck to their extraordinary, unsupportable story (fairy tale) for 15 years and counting.
Take nothing of what I have written above as fact. Do, however, have a physicist repeat the analyses I suggest and watch the few short videos I have recommended. Then, if you are so moved, join in demanding a new, independent investigation into the collapses of the three buildings that collapsed in NYC that day as well as all the rest of the events of 9/11 associated with those collapses. Please also consider supporting one of the many 911truth groups around the world. You deserve to know the truth. So does the rest of the world.
If you have trouble finding the videos of The Spire, or the collapse of WTC 7, e-mail me and I’ll get them to you.



Jim Bulmer September 17, 2016 at 1:17 pm

5, 10, 20, 10 seconds? Don’t get your point. Bottom line, 3000 people died and the two towers were down.


Ivan George September 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Four commercial aircraft loaded with fuel and hundreds of passengers flew into
these buildings and into the ground ultimately killing almost 3000 between Shanksville, WTC and Pentagon.

Try throwing those calculations to the relatives who saw or heard of their loved ones jumping to their death from the top of the towers in order to avoid being burned alive
good grief man………………..get a grip


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