Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Posted by Bobby Eberle

A new study from Purdue University must have Rosie O’Donnell and other conspiracy theorists shaking their heads. “Oh no! The government has gotten to Purdue too!,” they must be saying. For Rosie and the moonbats who believe the government somehow engineered the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, the Purdue research is not welcome news. For the rest of us, it’s a great piece of research into what a jet airplane being used as a missile can do to a skyscraper.

As noted in the story Simulation Finds 9/11 Fireproofing Key, the Purdue research “supports a federal agency’s findings that the initial impact from the hijacked airplanes stripped away crucial fireproofing material and that the weakened towers collapsed under their own weight.”

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“One thing it does point out… is the absolute essential nature of fireproofing steel structures,” Hoffmann told The Associated Press. “This is something that wasn’t done originally in the World Trade Center when it was built. It wasn’t code at that time.”

Mete Sozen, a professor of structural engineering and a lead investigator on the simulation, said Purdue researchers hope their work leads to better structural design and building codes to prevent similar collapses.

Some conspiracy theorists believe that the collapse of the towers was the result of a government-led controlled demolition. The Purdue report, however, “concludes that the weight of the aircraft’s fuel, when ignited, produced ‘a flash flood of flaming liquid’ that knocked out a number of structural columns within the building and removed the fireproofing insulation from other support structures.”

Ayhan Irfanoglu, a Purdue professor of civil engineering, said half of the building’s weight-bearing columns were concentrated at the cores of the towers.

“When that part is wiped out, the structure comes down,” Irfanoglu said. “We design structures with some extra capacity to cover some uncertainties, but we never anticipate such heavy demand coming from an aircraft impact. If the columns were distributed, maybe, the fire could not take them out so easily.”

Even though the tin-foil crowd will likely disregard this academic study, as they have with other findings in the past, it would be much better to move on and focus on the real enemy: al Qaeda. This organization of radical Islamists is bent on the destruction of the United States, plain and simple. They are the ones who brought down the Twin Towers, and they can strike again. We need to do everything we can to wipe them out. This is, indeed, a war, and we are fighting for the ultimate stakes… our survival.

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