All Fine And Good
Originally posted by elderban
Personally, I think there are deeper issues at stake with 9/11 then whether or not a plane hit the Pentagon.
I do as well, but the purpose of this initiative is to see if it is possible to cut through the interference surrounding 9-11, increase the
signal-to-noise ratio and hopefully reveal some hard facts that would otherwise remain hidden.
The only practical way to do this (that I've seen suggested so far) is what SO is proposing: let's start by addressing specific questions
surrounding specific issues.
Since it's such a popular bone of contention and the force behind the most popular thread on ATS, the most logical starting point is the question of
what happened at the Pentagon on 9-11.
, as a result of this sort of focus, the membership of ATS succeeds in being able to systematically and methodically present
reasonable positions* on that question in such a way that other members can understand and consider them without having to wade through
endless digressions and tangents, THEN
it would make sense to apply the same process to other elements of 9-11.
As SO said in the original post, the ATS staff hopes that this initiative may lead to other avenues of collaborative discussion of these events.
I would like to suggest that ideally, after ATSers have had an opportunity to thoroughly explore all the questions surrounding specific events on
9-11, this “fine focus” process can be applied to 9-11 as a whole – and other “conspiracy and supernatural” issues as well.
But first, it needs to be demonstrated to work, which puts some pressure on those noble volunteers who dare rush in where angels fear to tread.
In many ways, I see nagging questions surrounding 9-11 as the elephant in the room that most people in America don't want to admit exists. But still,
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
This initiative may allow us to do that.
Aside from the fact that I have way too many other things to do in the coming months (I have some albums that need recording and some traveling to
do), I don't consider myself qualified to participate in this event.
Though I tend to favor the “757 did it” theory, it's not because I'm in love with the theory, but because I haven't seen an alternative theory
that actually makes sense to me.
In my opinion, ideal candidates for this initiative will be members who have strong opinions on what happened that are backed up by their own studies
of the evidence.
What I'm hoping to see is a vigorous debate supported by well-researched and well-considered facts that will present all the competing theories in
their best light, laid out in plain and simple language for anyone to read.
Then each of us can take advantage of the scholarship of our fellow members and draw our own conclusions.
And that approach, in my opinion, is what sets ATS apart.
I give my thanks in advance to those of my fellow members -- regardless of what positions they may take on the issues -- who will make this happen.
* A “reasonable position” is one that can be expressed in words. Beyond that, I would not presume to go.