The pot and the kettle


The pot and the kettle
by Iqbal Latif

Give 9/11 credit to us, al-Qaida tells Ahmadinejad and stop “lip-service jihad.”

Nut case Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has somehow managed the trick that no one ever has. Al-Qaida has sent a brusque message for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran: ''Enough with the conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks.''

The sniping between the two big foes of the United States is highlighted the latest edition of Inspire, the propaganda publication published by al-Qaida in the Arabian isthmus.

The article demands that Ahmadinejad should discontinue his efforts to “to discredit 9/11” with conspiracy theories, the article accuses him and the rest of his country’s leadership of exploiting anti-American sentiment for political gain and engaging only in “lip-service jihad.”

The present issue says Iran is 'indignant' of al-Qaida’s 'accomplishments.' The magazine Inspire has been published since July, 2010. There were preliminary doubts about its genuineness, but counter-terrorism analysts now take it seriously.

“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al-Qaida was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government,” read the article, published under the byline Abu Suhail. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”

The article demands that Ahmadinejad stop his efforts to “to discredit 9/11” with conspiracy theories, accusing him and the rest of his country’s leadership of exploiting anti-American sentiment for political gain and engaging only in “lip-service jihad.”

“For them, al-Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world. Al-Qaeda, an organization under fire, with no state, succeeded in what Iran couldn’t. Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11.”

The piece alludes to the ideological schism between al-Qaida’s Sunni followers and Iran’s Shia majority.

“Iran and the Shi’a in general do not want to give al-Qaida credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America because this would expose their lip-service jihad against the Great Satan.”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has for long annoyed the West with his claims that the United States government was behind the 9/11 attacks. In a 2008 poll of 17 countries, 15% of those surveyed believed the US government was responsible for the attacks, 7% believed Israel was and another 7% believed some other perpetrator, other than al Qaeda, was responsible. The poll found that Arabs were more likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories.

UN gathering in New York this year was missing quite a lot of tyrants and their bravado and boasting. Some have developed into long-windedness at UN like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Tunisia's Ben Ali, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. Ahmadinejad, currently in his second presidential term, is a lame duck, as Iran is due to hold a presidential elections in 2013 and he is most likely going to get a kick out from the mullahs self styled kennels.

His ability to injure 'self-esteem' of al-Qaida, is a classic act of "The pot calling the kettle black." The terrorist group outcry that the Iranian president has to stop with the “preposterous” outrageous conspiracy theories and start giving Al-Qaida the due credit for 'mass murder 'on 911 credit for pulling off such a grand terrorist strike exemplifies "The pot tells the other pot your face is black" faultlessly and impeccably well.

“If Iran was genuine in its animosity towards the U.S., it would be pleased to see another entity striking a blow at the Great Satan but that’s not the case. For Iran, anti-Americanism is merely a game of politics,” says an opinion piece on page four of the magazine’s fall edition.

This condmenation of Al Qaida shall put to rest the 'first elaborated theories' that appeared in Europe a week after the attacks.

The first elaborated theories appeared in Europe. One week after the attacks the "inside job" theory was mentioned in Le Monde. Other theories sprang from the far corners of the globe within weeks. Six months after the attacks Thierry Meyssan’s 9/11 exposé L'Effroyable Imposture (published as 9/11: The Big Lie in English) topped the French bestseller list. 2003 saw the publication of The CIA and September 11 by former German state minister Andreas von Bülow and Operation 9/11 by the German journalist Gerhard Wisnewski; both books are published by Mathias Bröckers, who was at the time an editor at the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung.While these theories were popular in Europe, they were treated by the U.S. media with either bafflement or amusement, and they were dismissed by the U.S. government as the product of anti-Americanism. In an address to the United Nations on November 10, 2001, United States President George W. Bush denounced the emergence of "outrageous conspiracy theories that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty." U.S. President Barack Obama's June 2009 speech to the Muslim world where he said "I am aware that some question or justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day."

The present issue, which commemorates the 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, has on its cover the silhouettes of Manhattan’s Twin Towers, one drawn with dollar signs, the other with 1s and 0s. The headline proclaims: “The Greatest Special Operation of all time.”

Experts consider that the journal is edited by an American radical hiding in Yemen which is believed to be the work of a Saudi-born American, Samir Khan, who moved to Yemen in 2009, and that it is aimed at recruiting English-speaking Muslim youth and encouraging home-grown terror campaign.


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