Posted by d on December 25, 2002 at 09:35:12:
In Reply to: Re: World Trade Center Buildings posted by Gavin on December 24, 2002 at 23:01:47:
On the other hand, as has been pointed out, many of those who believe fire caused the failure have said it was from the gradual softening of steel rods in the trusses, caused by burning paper and office furniture as well as fuel, rather than from a "hot" focussed torchlike burning through the columns.
But even if that were the case, there is still plenty of "room" for
Everyone should go back to the days immediately following 9/11 and read through postings here; there was a long discussion of the unique
system which held the buildings together.
Even then, some said the buildings were "weak".
Some said the 10,000 rubber truss/column connectors were flammable.
Some said the rigid connectors were subject to metal fatigue.
Some said that the tube design was chosen so that a collapse would be isolated.
Some pointed to other problems...
Such information does support the idea that the towers might have been "white elephants".
Beneath all the current imagery, perhaps there was a dormant sense,
palpable to all the actors in this tragedy, that the towers were doomed; it was not a question of "whether" they came down, but "how"
In this scenario, the combatants agreed disaster was coming; the point was to limit it, especially after the first attempt, which, had it succeeded , would have caused an even greater catastrophe, if such a thing is even imaginable...
But this is all in the realm of the unmentionable weltanschung once known as "realpolitik"....
For an understanding of history at this level, I recommend "War and Peace"....
Part II, that is.....
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