9/11 truth vs. the "truthers"

So i was poking around the interwebs looking for more sources of creditable news sources when i stumbled upon The Saker website. One of the first things i do when i check these sites out is to look at their news/RSS feed to get a list of recently published articles and in the feed for The Saker i found a video quiz for 9/11. Cool! I like quizzes.

There were 23 questions in the quiz but i stopped the video to write this post after the first few which questioned the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11. The second question was, "Aside from those collapsed at the World Trade Center, how many steel skyscrapers have been completely destroyed due to fire in history?". The "correct" answer is "none" we are told. This of course is laughably incorrect. In the answer given, we are told that "no steel skyscraper in history has ever collapsed due to fire". The question does not use the word "collapsed", it uses the word "destroyed" and many steel framed skyscrapers have been destroyed by fire. That aside, WTC 7 suffered major damage when debris from WTC 1 slammed into it during its collapse, though the "truther" community prefers to skip that part.

It is insinuated in the quiz that the official narrative that "a few isolated fires" were responsible for the collapse of WTC 7 is utter nonsense. Well, let's see what "a few isolated fires" looks like when we look at what the 9/11 "truther" movement doesn't like to show you, that being the south side of the building:

WTC 7 fires, 9/11

The third question in the quiz is, "What preceded the collapse of building 7?". The answer given is a countdown to the collapse (as in demolition) and an announcement by police.

I had the opportunity to question an FDNY fireman in person about building 7 and he told me that, as is obvious from the image and videos above, the damage to WTC 7 was extensive and that he was not at all surprised at its collapse. He was on the pile in the vicinity of building doing rescue work as i recall. The firemen knew it was going to collapse, so of course people were told to evacuate the area.

As far as the alleged countdown to the alleged demolition of WTC 7, we are shown a video of Kevin McPadden, who was apparently a first responder on 9/11, making a reference to a countdown, however there may be problems with both Kevin and his story.

The point here is that the fires in WTC 7 were not small, isolated fires as the "truther" community likes to posit.

There is little or no creditable evidence to support a couple of the other answers given for questions in the quiz. For example, it is strongly suggested that the planes that hit the twin towers were not typical passenger planes, but rather military, and that no plane crashed in Shanksville. To their credit, at least they seem to admit that it was a plane that hit the Pentagon.

That said, The Saker website looks like a generally good source for news, so please don't let this error dissuade you from checking it out.

For more about the collapse of World Trade Center building 7, see Possible problems with the UAF WTC 7 collapse study.

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