In these times when there is so much evidence that the official story about 9/11 is a lie, we--those of us in the 9/11 truth community--often wonder what is it going to take to bring this issue into a public conversation. After all, the evidence is there! Unfortunately, in human society individuals have differing abilities to deal with discontinuity. That's probably the primary reason some folks prefer a rural or suburban lifestyle instead of an urban one: less chaos. In the city, life is much more unpredictable. That unpredictability means there is great opportunity, but it also means there is a much more visible day-to-day risk.
There are people that I've talked to--or tried to talk to--about 9/11 for years only to receive complete silence, or irrational excuses for not dealing with the problems in the official 9/11 story. Only recently has it begun to be clear that this has nothing to do with an inability to deal with the evidence. In fact, it says nothing about intellectual or emotional abilities at all. Instead, it has everything to do with their own need for stability. The world is undoubtedly a daunting place and recent vast improvements in our ability to communicate have made it even more so. Now the current “pandemic,” famines in the far east, outbreaks of Ebola in Africa, or awful murders in Central Park are coming at us from a variety of sources every day. Keeping a grip on our own lives means making choices among all the challenges the world faces about what, if anything, we can and will do something about.
On the stability continuum there is some small number of people who pirouette to the latest concerns broadcast in the media with the aplomb of a ballet dancer. Yesterday it was about world overpopulation, today climate change, and tomorrow...well. At the other end of the spectrum there are people who would still argue with the notion that there was a holocaust or whether there was any need for the civil rights movement. In between lies a very large percentage of the population willing to acknowledge a large variety of problems, but unwilling to do anything that might upset the stability of their own lives.
Getting movement on this issue is not unlike the situation faced by civil rights workers trying to register black citizens to vote in the South during the 1960s. Moving people to act to end the second class citizenship conferred on blacks was very threatening to both the black and white communities. White communities feared losing power to an "other" they did not understand and had no interest in understanding. In black communities, challenging existing power structures could have obviously disastrous economic and personal safety effects. Real change only came when organizers began to bring up questions to that portion of the community most open to questions, the young. When relatively comfortably-placed older adults had to face questions from young people within their own families about why blacks couldn't vote, the conversation suddenly became personal and actionable.
Involvement of young people can make a huge difference. I went to a local rally against the war in Iraq--before the war started. The people there were the same folks, saying the same things I'd heard at rallies against the war in Vietnam. Within 10 minutes I was ready to go home. While public protest had an effect on ending war in Vietnam, it came much too slowly. Something different needed to happen now and I couldn't see how this group would make it happen.
However, before I could leave an amazing thing happened. We heard in the distance the call of drum and fife joined with hundreds of voices. It was incredibly moving. I could suddenly understand very viscerally why drum and fife had been an important part of armies in the past. When the brigade of voices and drums rolled up it was college students from a nearby university. Instantly, the impossible seemed much more likely. There was youth and energy that could make a difference. We didn't stop the war in Iraq from happening, but this experience made clear that this is the kind of energy needed to help society move from complacency to action.
Perhaps the 9/11 truth community needs to at least consider moving to a strategy outside of simply presenting the evidence in the hope that the weight of it will carry the day. Perhaps it is time to begin to bring the obvious questions about what happened on 9/11 to the people who know the least about it, everyone 30 and under. I had the opportunity recently to talk to a new civil engineer about 9/11. From his comments, it was unlikely the engineering issues from that day were discussed at all in his engineering classes. Further, a short introduction to the damning evidence of real engineering questions connected with the collapse of the World Trade Center towers quickly generated real interest.
Getting people involved in exposing the problems in the official myth of 9/11 isn't nearly the threat to broad sections of society that opening up voting rights were. The number of people actually threatened if the truth comes out is extremely small, mostly those people who actually concocted it. So--aside from a broad army of paid or voluntary "Sunsteiners" (invisible Net personalities arguing in various electronic venues for the official myth)--organized on-the-ground resistance to the truth is extremely unlikely. Further, getting people in the streets isn't necessary. What is necessary is a broad swath of the Youth communities who actually look at and talk about the evidence; and react. When that happens, I'd argue it would mean game over. It's time to talk seriously to young Americans about what 9/11 was and what it means to them.