Where there is only one witness and no trace evidence it is partly understandable to be skeptical; however even then one has to look at the quality of the witness and the circumstances behind the person coming forward. The police officer or a military official has a lot to loose and I would seriously question whether skepticism is appropriate.
Where there are multiple witnesses over a wide distance and over a stretch of time in the case of a UFO flap, the case becomes much harder to doubt. Denial therefore becomes not based on reason but based on fear of the unknown or stubborn cleavage to some outdated scientific views or just intellectual avoidance.
Where there is trace evidence, denial is even worse and amounts to support for some political fan club, either conscious or semi-conscious and bears no relation to what actually occurred.
This is a trap to fall in the way I see it. I do believe you put far too much credence in witnesses, and the interpretation that UFO hunters give to any seeming anomaly. Here you have multiple witnesses that disagree with multiple witnesses, and you are pickng the ones that are saying UFO, that is what we call in here "cherry picking." Taking the parts you find attractive and only considering that aspect. Why you have little to no support here on this case is one - you do not know it very well at all, you are just making up your hypothesis is you go along, and this is obvious in that you seems to have trouble distinguishing the two events that night and two - you refuse to accept that math has been done and shown the proponent witnesses to be positively incorrect, I keep telling you that people make mistakes, but math does not. In order to maintain a modicum of sensibility with your argument, can you explain to me why the witness statements are more valuable than the math? Boony, Perc and Lost Shaman have done excellent work triangulating the paths and proving this was a flare drop, why do you refuse to accept that mathematically the witnesses are wrong?
Zoser, you refuse to accept or even view the math, that makes you the one in denial. The rest of us have considered both sides of the argument, as long as you insist that only one side exists you remain the only one in denial.
Edited by psyche101, 18 June 2012 - 10:23 PM.