Pakistani elite questions 9-11

Azeem Ibrahim of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, thinks it is a shame that the Pakistani elite fail to recognize the terrorist threat within their own country. In an opinion piece published by the Middle East Times, Ibrahim claims that "...most of the Pakistani elite are in denial. Too many authoritative figures simply refuse to face the extent to which the terrorist threat from Islamist radicals comes from within Pakistan."

Ibrahim goes on:

"Last year, I met a prominent member of the Pakistan National Assembly who was educated in the West. He told me that he sincerely believed that the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005 and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were both the work of Western intelligence agencies.

"When I put it to him that Mohammed Siddique Khan, the leader of the 7/7 bombers, had made a video claiming responsibility, he just looked at me with a face of deep sympathy. To him, I was a young guy who was just naive."

He continues with a barrage of reasons why people subscribe to so-called conspiracy theories.

I chimed in on their discussion page, as follows:

"Well, America has its CIA, and other nations have intelligence agencies through which they not only gather intelligence but also perpetrate covertly what would normally be acts of war and violations of international law and treaties. Naturally, as long as such organizations exist and are actively undermining international law, people will be suspect of any event on the world stage as to its cause. In America, a large portion of the population, according to polls, believe the American government either was involved in the 9-11 attacks or was forewarned but deliberately looked in the other direction. The gentleman from the Kennedy School of Government can't have it both ways. As long as there ARE conspiracies, (and the existence of such conspiracies is public knowledge and has been well documented, usually, of course, decades after the events in question), educated people will always speculate about the true cause of politically charged events on the world stage."

The original article may be found at http://www.metimes.com/Opinion/2009/03/06/pakistan_in_denial_is_its_biggest_security_obstacle/6804/ .

Sounds Like a Paid Shill...

"To him, I was a young guy who was just naive."

Why such deep denial?

Why is [the United States] in such deep denial? Perhaps it is because the truth of the extent of homegrown radicalization is too painful and difficult for them to face. Like parents being told that their child is a drug dealer, it is easiest to find all sorts of excuses not to believe it.

I left one addtional post

(quote from the article)
"Even Gul believes that 9/11 was an inside job. "

The first sentence of Robert Novak's 9/13 column reads:

"Security experts and airline officials agree privately that the simultaneous hijacking of four jetliners was an "inside job," probably indicating complicity beyond malfeasance."

William Safire chimed in, in his own column of the same day in The New York Times:

"...knowledge of code words, presidential whereabouts and possession of secret procedures indicates that the (9-11) terrorists may have a mole in the White House�that, or informants in the Secret Service, F.B.I., F.A.A. or C.I.A."

Why blame the Pakistani elite for a line of analysis initiated by thoughtful Americans?