Thursday, 11 September 2008

No consensus on 9/11. Why not?

Seven years ago to the day, terrorists committed a series of horrifying attacks on the United States.

Or did they?

Because if you look at opinion polls taken in regard to who committed the attacks many people don’t actually think that al-Qaeda was responsible!

The poll of 17 nations, as conducted by World Public Opinion shows that:

- in European countries, al-Qaeda was blamed for the attack by only a small majority of respondents. Fifty-six percent of Britons and Italians, 63 percent of French and 64 percent of Germans cited the terrorist group as the main culprit.

- bare majorities in Taiwan (53 percent) and South Korea (51 percent) named al-Qaeda, but 17 percent of South Koreans pointed to the U.S. government and large numbers in both countries said they did not know (34 percent in Taiwan, 22 percent in South Korea)

- significant minorities in China and Indonesia (14 percent and 9 percent respectively) named the US government as being behind the attacks.

- In Egypt, 43 percent said Israel was behind the attacks, as did 31 percent in Jordan and 19 percent in Palestine.

- The U.S. government was named as being by the attacks by 36 percent of Turks and 27 percent of Palestinians.

Quite bizarre when you think about it. Especially when Bin Laden even made a video tape proudly assuming responsibility for the attacks.

"We decided to destroy towers in America," he said. "God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind."

So people don’t want to believe him? But why not?


Jae said...

I think the reason is that it's far more reassuring to believe a large Government was behind the attacks for some grand project rather than to simply accept that a small ragtag band of terrorists armed with some small sharp objects brought down four planes and killed thousands.

The idea that such a small group of individuals could have such a huge affect on world politics and human lives scares many people so they hide behind conspiracy theories.

MJ said...

Jae - I see your point. But what about the logic? Not only is it utterly absurd for the US govt to want to do something like that, but consider: where could they find people willing to fly planes into the towers in the first place? In contrast, there is plenty of evidence about the suicide bombers, including for example, the records of their time spent training to become "pilots" before they committed their murderous acts, etc etc. All in all, I just think the polls show how irrational most people are. rgds...