9/11 – Lies of the Loopy Liberal Left

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14th September, 2008

INTERNATIONAL SURVEY: Unbelievably al Qaeda was condemned by only 57% of Britons, 56%  of Italians, 63 % of French and 64% of Germans. Astonishingly the United States government was blamed by 23% of Germans and 15% of Italians. The French and Germans are more likely to accept that it was Al Qaeda than we are. It could have been worse. At least we in Britain were the lowest European percentage – 5% – blaming the USA! So perhaps we ARE still America’s best friend in Europe.

No Consensus on who was behind 9/11

Fooled by the Guardian & Independent? Just over Half of Britons think Al Qaeda responsible for 9/11

World opinion website - http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/

A new WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of 17 nations finds that majorities in only nine of them believe that al Qaeda was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Worldwide, just 46% of the people who were questioned believed al-Qaeda was really behind the attacks; 15% said the U.S. government, 7% said Israel and 7% said there was some other perpetrator. As many as 25% said they did not know who was behind the attacks.

In no country does a majority agree on another possible perpetrator, but in most countries significant minorities cite the US government itself and, in a few countries, Israel. These responses were given spontaneously to an open-ended question that did not offer response options.

Given the extraordinary impact the 9/11 attacks have had on world affairs, it is remarkable that seven years later there is no international consensus about who was behind them,” comments Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org.

Even in European countries, the majorities that say al Qaeda was behind 9/11 are not overwhelming. Fifty-seven percent of Britons, 56 percent of Italians, 63 percent of French and 64 percent of Germans cite al Qaeda.” However, significant portions of Britons (26%), French (23%), and Italians (21%) say they do not know who was behind 9/11. Remarkably, 23 percent of Germans cite the US government, as do 15 percent of Italians.


Further coverage: 9/11: Who’s Responsible For Low Opinions Of America In The World

by Vincent Gioia

With a moment of silence and the dedication of a Pentagon memorial, the United States on Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, which led the country into two wars.

On September 11, 2001 commercial airplanes commandeered by Islamic terrorists ripped through the twin towers in New York City, the Pentagon and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Within little more than two hours, 2,975 people were dead.

Some were crushed and incinerated in the twin infernos. Three hundred New York firefighters and police officers died, trapped as they tried to rescue people from the horror of the collapsing towers. Still other victims worked at the Pentagon or were passengers on the planes.

All 19 Muslim terrorists died; many from Saudi Arabia. Credit for the 9/11 attacks was claimed by terrorist network al- Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan.

Yet today millions of people around the world do not blame Muslim terrorists, they blame the United States government for this atrocity and killing of thousands of its citizens. A survey of 16,063 people in 17 nations conducted by the Maryland-based WorldPublicOpinion.org found majorities in only nine countries believe al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York and Washington. Millions of people around the world do not. Just 46% of the people who were questioned believed al-Qaeda was really behind the attacks; 15% said the U.S. government, 7% said Israel and 7% said there was some other perpetrator. As many as 25% said they did not know who was behind the attacks.

Incredible even Europeans one might expect to accept the truth of the tragic slaughter there are many who are willing to absolve Muslims for the attack. Unbelievably al Qaeda was condemned by only 56% of Britons and Italians, 63 % of French and 64% of Germans. Astonishingly the United States government was blamed by to 23% of Germans and 15% of Italians.

As might be expected, people in the Middle East were especially likely to place the blame for the attack on someone other than al Qaeda. However in some cases more in the Middle East actually recognized al Qaeda responsibility than did Europeans; though of course deniers thought Israel was behind the attacks. In Egypt 43% blamed Israel, 31% in Jordan and 19% in the Palestinian Territories also said Israel was responsible. We regard Turkey as our friend but 36% of Turks also put the blame on Israel. Perhaps out of pride for the Muslim “accomplishment”, a mere 27% of Palestinians were willing to place the blame on Israel.

Home of most of our illegal immigrants, Mexico, counted as many as 30% believe the country they want to live in was behind the September 11th massacre and only 33% named al Qaeda.

Would you believe that the only countries with overwhelming majorities blaming al Qaeda were Kenya with 77% and Nigeria with 71%?

Liberals are found of pointing out the number of countries around the world that loathe the United States and attribute this to the Bush administration. Our prospective “savior”, Barack Obama, says he will change that, presumably by the power of his charm which captivates millions of Americans. But the truth is the liberals are really responsible for the low public opinion of us around the world. Films like Fahrenheit 9/11 and other Hollywood bilge mold international opinion, partly because many want to have a bad view of the United States anyway, and partly because there is no counter weight to the anti-American propaganda.

As we mourn the lost lives on 9/11, we should also recognize it is the liberals and other leftists among us who encourage the world fanatics to harm our country by continuing to bash it. When Islamic terrorists see so many here disapprove of America’s actions to protect itself, they are emboldened to join them but in violent ways not merely with words. It is no surprise that to many in the world Barack Obama is looked upon as a hero and want him to become president; he stands for appeasement and not for standing up to defend America against terrorism at home and abroad.

Vincent Gioia is an independent columnist




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  3. Rob Says:

    I agree the figures are pretty shocking. In some ways the most interesting ones are the ones for Nigeria, which despite having a substantial Muslim population seems to have acceopted that al-Qaeda did it; and the Occupied Palestinian territories, where (counter-intuitively) the percentage blaming Israel is far lower than in Egypt or Jordan. They seem happy enough to blame the USA, but maybe their day-to-day experience of the Israeli occupation has at least enabled them to work out that 9/11 just wasn’t Israel’s style.

    What would be really interesting, given the American people’s seemingly bottomless appetite for conspiracy theories (look at all the people trying desperately to prove that Barack Obama is a Kenyan Muslim, not to mention all the JFK assassination theories) would be to get a breakdowm of US public opinion. I bet you’d find a surprisingly high (not high in absolute terms, but not negligible) proportion of Americans blaming the US govt or the Israelis. Or possibly the UK!

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      There’s some US opinion here, Rob, on Muslims in the US, anyway. If it’s of interest, balanced or of any value:

      http://www.economist.com/world/unitedstates/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15211698

      I have noticed, online anyway, that about half the US public blames America for everything, as roughly two-thirds of the British public blames Britain & America & Israel for everything.

      It’s the press, sweetheart!

      The source of all wisdom

      ;0(

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