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9/11 Trutherism and Its Persistent Problems, Twenty-One Years Later

by William Sullivan

This past 9/11, a very good friend of mine, via a texted meme to a small group of friends, suggested that America is just adamant to “Never Forget” the destruction of World Trade Center (WTC) Towers 1 and 2 on 9/11, but that we’re all meant to “Forget” the collapse of WTC Building 7.  Another of my best friends on this text thread warned us to “never forget the demolition of [World Trade Center] building #7 on live TV.”

Clearly, the assertion is that the American government was the true mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.  And, as someone who lived through the “Truther” moment’s birth as a politically tuned-in young adult, this moment marked a stark contrast to the claims that I used to hear in regard to 9/11 conspiracy theories.  Back in the day, the lack of details of World Trade Center 1 and 2’s collapse was the central focus of the Truther’s argument.  Jet fuel can’t burn hot enough to compromise the structural integrity of the steel beams of those buildings, they argued incessantly  — until they were proven wrongover, and over, and over again.

Such facts becoming more well-known, apparently, promoted the WTC-7 narrative from side dish to entrée in that argument…

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