Submitted by George McClellan
The flames that destroyed the sleepy village of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii are almost too awful to contemplate. But, we’ve seen it before. The known death toll has already risen over one hundred people who were burned alive because they had nowhere to escape to and little warning of the fast approaching conflagration. Over a thousand more people are still unaccounted for and presumed dead. We saw it before over the past couple years in Northern California when uncontrolled forest fires sped through unkempt forest ground cover before sweeping through whole towns and villages leaving thousands homeless and many nearly destitute. But, unlike Lahaina these people had avenues of escape via automobile. The question now is, how did the Lahaina conflagration start, and who will tell us the truth? First, I do not rely on government to provide truthful answers or solutions. That’s a given!
Lahaina was an old village, once a whaling station in its day and a remote place that to get there you had to want to go there. Then it was discovered by the boating crowd as a quite place for those who sought isolation and inexpensive living, if one was satisfied living on fruits and nuts. It was a no frills existence but it slowly started to grow. I visited the town years ago when I lived and worked in Hawaii so I saw that one could live there happily with other people of a like mind without the need to embrace the fruits of advanced civilization. But, the old town was made of wood, old wood, wood that had cured for centuries to a level of dryness that simply couldn’t resist bursting into flame instantly the approaching fire reached ignition point. For wood, that’s very low and explains why the wind driven fire, fueled by old wood, spread so rapidly before people could realize the danger and flee. Fires are preventable they are also cleansing. We take simple, feel good measures like purchasing a fire extinguisher or two for interior fires but we neglect the forested and brush covered out of doors which, when set alight, sweep all before it including our homes. Despite the ugliness, fires are restorative.
In the case of Lahaina, insurance companies should start exerting themselves by throwing their own teams of professional investigators into the breach, determine the physical facts and do not dissimulate the answers when giving public explanations. We have come to expect FEMA, because they are a bureaucratic federal government institution, to provide answers. But, they are Joe Biden’s FEMA and therefore can’t be trusted to speak the truth. It’s very simple, we have been trained to believe government experts, and not outside experts like the Insurance companies can provide. If you question that, just remember Dr. Fauci, whose pontifications on deadly vaccines were universally accepted even as the deaths by injections grew, while real medical experts telling the truth were pillared for speaking that truth. By the way, it’s reported Fauci made $300 million dollars doing so.
There are several points where one starts when seeking answers to fire causes. First, Arson? We’re aware that Islamic Jihadists promised to set America ablaze, but Lahaina, of no militarily or commercial significance doesn’t make sense, but arson by a nut case could answer the bill. Was it an accident, a tipped over lantern or cooking fire or a careless smoker? We get closer to those possibilities because winds from a hurricane 400 miles south were blowing pretty heftily. An outdoors smoker can be excluded as can cooking fires and lanterns. Lahaina had electricity after all, but here we must turn our eyes to the possibility of commercial or government neglect. Did weak power lines fray under the battering of the moderate hurricane driven winds and spark the fire? Were the Tsunami warning sirens inoperable because of preventative maintenance neglect? There were suggestions the water lines were not fully charged; was the fire department up to snuff in training and equipment? Another question that must be answered is why did so many boats at anchor burst into flame adding their own fuel to the conflagration rendering escape by sea nearly impossible? So many questions and when the government starts answering them, as we have come to expect with KJP style drivel from the White House, then we can guess that government is trying to hide something that condemns Blue State officialdom.
Catastrophic events like these are always followed by finger pointing with victims and lawyers lining up looking for deep pockets to whom they can attach blame for financial relief. The Home Insurance industry must be near financial collapse by now. Be aware of the commercial opportunities that have developed here. Expect the opportunity vultures of paradise commercialism to swoop in and offer, at dimes on the dollar, to buy what’s left of Lahaina to create another tropical destination for the wealthy. It’s probably already started. Hawaii’s governor has already promised Lahaina’s residents that that will not happen. Don’t bet on it. There’s not that many residents left. Always follow the money! Be assured that Lahaina will never return to the once sleepy, quite, out of the way village it was. It will soon be snatched up by builders of upscale hotels and condo’s and Lahaina’s poor, like Americas homeless everywhere will simply have to move on. That’s just the way socialist government and commercial interests work together, to their profit, not ours.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (17Aug23)