Article from the Manawatu Standard of May 21, 2011. (Click to enlarge it.) Anyone wishing to respond to this or any other article in the Standard should write, giving their signature, name, home address and daytime telephone number, to editor (at) msl.co.nz or to PO Box 3, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Letters should be no more than 200 words long.
My comment on the article:
Liam Hehir states (Manawatu Standard, May 21): “He (bin Laden) orchestrated the killing of 3000 innocent people in just one morning.”
Where is the evidence to support this allegation?
On June 5, 2006, Rex Tomb, chief of investigative publicity for the FBI, said “9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page … because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11”.
Furthermore, The 9/11 Commission Report alleges that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks”.
I also question Hehir’s claim there were “Arab celebrations on September 11, 2001”.
At the time, we were repeatedly shown a video clip of a small number of Palestinians celebrating in East Jerusalem – an indication, I suggest, that such celebrations were neither large nor widespread. Certainly, the obscene glee of some Palestinians cannot be generalised to the entire Arab population.
Incidentally, Nawal Abdel Fatah, the woman seen cheering in this clip, said later that she was offered cake as a reward for celebrating on camera, and was frightened when she saw the pictures on television afterwards.
It should also be pointed out to Hehir that the “war on terrorism” is not a war, but a subterfuge. The United States was not “drawn” into its various military adventures in the Muslim world. Using 9/11 as a casus belli, it proceeded to execute plans that were already in place.
Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of April 16, 2011.