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Nine years have passed since America was attacked, yet ceremonies in New York and Pennsylvania commemorating those who died on September 11, 2001, are as poignant as ever. Nobody can deny that 9/11 shook the United States to its very core or that its memory still has the capacity to bring Americans to tears.

Indeed, sensitivities in the US are still so raw that some 70 per cent of the population is reluctant to see an Islamic cultural centre two blocks from where the World Trade Centre Twin Towers once touched the sky.

Few would deny that the Bush administration’s response to the tragedy changed the world. When Washington realized how vulnerable the country was, and in response to calls for revenge, it launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, initiated the ‘War on Terror’, opened gulags to detain terror suspects, engaged in the liberal use of torture, rode roughshod over the Geneva conventions and subjected ordinary citizens to gross invasions of privacy and abuses of civil liberties.

The point is 9/11 and its ramifications were — and still are — no small matter. Almost everyone on the planet has been affected by that day in one way or the other; not least thousands of fallen coalition and Nato soldiers and up to a million Afghan and Iraqi civilians. Yet, for some strange reason, there has never been a thorough and impartial investigation of that day and the events that led up to it.

Even more intriguing is the collective apathy displayed by the American people towards discovering what really happened and especially when there are so many anomalies contradicting the official accounts that have been recorded in countless reports, books and documentaries by scholars who are invariably written-off as lunatic conspiracy theorists.

The disbelievers may or may not be on the lunatic fringe. But the fact remains that many of the still unanswered questions are perfectly valid because, unfortunately, the 9/11 Commission set up to “prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th 2001 attacks” did not do its job and issued a report with more holes than Swiss cheese.

For instance, I would love to know why the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) and Andrews Air Force Base failed to intercept the wayward aircraft; how passengers were able to call family members on cell phones from 30,000 feet; why the usually scrupulous BBC reported that several of the alleged hijackers were alive and well after the event; and, most crucially, what was it that brought down WTC 7, a tower block that had not been hit? Also, why was forensic evidence hurriedly shipped off to China for conversion into cutlery?

When former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney dared to challenge the official line in 2002, she was branded unpatriotic and lost her seat that same year.

Passions cool in nine years and time douses raw emotion yet there is nobody in high authority bashing on the door of the Obama White House for answers. Such seeming disinterest could be caused by fear of being seen as un-American. Alternatively, it may be that Americans just can’t conceive of possible skullduggery within government, while those who can would prefer not to know.

However, because the repercussions of 9/11 impinged upon so many lives it should not be viewed in an exclusively American context and should be investigated by a respected international body such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague or the United Nations, which has set up tribunals to delve into war crimes committed in Sierra Leone, violations of humanitarian law in former Yugoslavia and the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

It seems to me that if the UN is involved in bringing the killer(s) of one Lebanese individual to book, there should be no bar to its launching an inquiry into 9/11. In the same way that the tribunal into Hariri’s murder has still not ascertained who was behind it, no one knows for sure who instigated 9/11.

Everyone assumes it was Osama Bin Laden but although his name appears on the FBI website in connection with other crimes, he is not wanted for 9/11, which the FBI says is due to an absence of proof. That in itself is shocking when the Afghanistan war was waged to root him out of his cave. Surely, the best way to respect the souls of the 2,976 victims would be for the international community to come together to silence the conspiracy theorists — or otherwise — with hard facts and convincing explanations.

If the American government has nothing to hide it should prove it by, firstly, blessing a UN tribunal and, secondly, affording its prosecutors full cooperation in terms of witnesses and documentation


But will Americans ever remove their rose-coloured spectacles long enough to demand the truth about 9/11? Perhaps not! As the great American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have both.”

Source:  gulfnews

Linda S. Heard is a specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She can be contacted at lheard@gulfnews.com


  1. Earlaiman on the 14. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    The fact that the Commission convened to do the job did not do it, and provided a cover-up which was so full of holes it could not even be sold as a peach basket, says a lot!

    The fact that nine years have passed, and the USG is still dithering, hedging, hawing, and yawing all over the place, dodging the issue and beating the old “Osama and a doxen idiots with boxcutters done it” drum as hard and loud as they can, says a hellova lot more.

    We know what happened, and we have a pretty good idea who “happened it.”

    What are you waiting for, America, another rerun to prove it? You need an encore to believe?

    If you don’t do something pretty damnned soon, you are damned well going to get one… brought to you in the same spectacular and deadly manner by the same murderous and deadly crew, your “art student” friends from abroad.

    Watch for the camera crew in the white utility vehicle!

    It will be safe to stick with them for they will be shooting with long lenses from a hellova long way out… this one could be, gonna be, nukular, so they will not get too close.


  2. LanceThruster on the 15. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Even if things start small, it is the direction to go. For instance, who approved the destruction of crime scene evidence?

    And I can only imagine the anomalies that might have been spotted had not the decree come down from on high that it was illegal for individuals to photograph any of the wreckage or debris (ostensibly out of “respect” for the victims when almost every single action signaled a shameful disrespect).

  3. rick on the 16. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    As to why the people of the US don’t demand an investigation, one has only to look at the television coverage that day. Over and over, we were bombarded with the same terrible images in a manner that traumatized us and set up a national case of PTSD. Individuals so afflicted don’t come home from war and talk about the horror they have seen and neither do national populations.

    A more interesting question is why is the press silent? I suggest that when the gallows is dusted off at last, that it will be appropriate to teat these propaganda operatives receive the same scrutiny as their Fascist ancestors.

  4. Tim Sparke on the 19. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    The 9/11 movement in the last year has professionalised. Now there are 1280 architects and engineers who reject the physics behind the collapses of the twin towers and building 7,www.ae911truth.org there is the newly formed scientists for 9/11 truth with 69 members which includes National Science Medal recipient Lynn Margulis on its roster, Pilots for 9/11 truth, 134 members of Military Officers for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, Intelligence Officers for 9/11 Truth.

    This issue far from going away is growing quietly and there is increasing disquiet amidst the mainstream media community, of which I am a member, as to its response, to the growing calls for a new investigation.

    Linda if you read the comments please do continue to ask questions, probe a little deeper, look into the impossibility of the official story from a scientific point of view. From whichever way you approach the official story, it is full of big holes which looked at individually are problematic, taken in their totality, they suggest that whatever did happen on that day, the notion that 19 arab hijackers could be solely responsible for the collapse of three sky-scraper buildings (WTC7 collapsed at 5.20 that afternoon) even though only two were hit by planes is beyond plausible. That the BBC and CNN could announce the collapse of WTC7 20 and 40 minutes before the collapse took place is the key to unravelling this mystery.

  5. Lee on the 20. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    The motive provided by the oil industries-provided Bush administration was that the Muslims hate us for our Freedoms. The Bush admin gave us the Patriot Act and Illegal Wire Taps en masse and prompty made the Muslims like us better because they took away our freedoms.

    The real motive is laid out nice and neatly like a courtroom case. Yeah for Paul Thompson. http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

    I’d be careful to make the distinction between radical zionists and everyday Israeli people and people of Jewish faith throughout the world. We have the white christian Ku Klux Klan and I don’t thing to many Christian Americans accept them as representative of the mainstream.

    One must also ponder the significance of the fact that Israel has almost zero oil production domestically. They have to import virtually ALL of their oil. Where do people think they get their oil? Do the homework, apparently a lot of places, including IRAN!

    Yes, more and more people are figuring it out, but until we have a catastrophic and catalysing event like a wholesale revelation of 9-11 truth, the people will continue to look after their own best interests and by their inaction will be the authors of their own destruction.

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