Arabs could not have carried out the 9/11 attacks on American soil
KUALA LUMPUR: The Arabs could not have carried out the 9/11 attacks on American soil as they did not have the discipline and capacity to do it, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday. November 20 2012
Dr Mahathir said the manner in which the attacks were carried out required detailed planning, precise timing and perfect execution, something which the Arabs could not have achieved. "I apologise to the Arabs, but planning and executing the complex operations were not something they could do have done very well.
The Arabs were great warriors in the past, but they just don't have that any more," he said at the "911 Revisited: Seeking the truth" conference organised by the Perdana Global Peace foundation. Dr Mahathir said it should be noted that the Arabs had not won a single battle in their wars against Israel despite the combined armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria taking on their common enemy together.
He said it was highly improbable for terrorists trained by al-Qaeda to hijack a huge commercial airliner, let alone four, and fly them into four pre-targeted areas at precise intervals. Dr Mahathir said the foundation was doing the "unthinkable" by seeking out the truth behind what happened on Sept 11, 2001.
"It is beyond me why former president George W. Bush would attack Afghanistan and Iraq after knowing that the hijackers were not from either country." Dr Mahathir said Bush's "war on terror" had since escalated into general humiliation of the Muslim population, which included holding suspected insurgents without trial, and torture inflicted on them to extract confessions.
"Even in airports, Muslims are not spared. They are subjected to thorough inspections and body checks." he said, describing the situation as the worst man-made disaster since the two world wars. Dr Mahathir said the impulsive acts by the US had left Muslims devastated and destabilised while the world had been divided between Muslims and non-Muslims.
He said the dedication of the Global Peace Foundation in finding the truth behind what happened on 9/11 was laudable. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivering his keynote address being briefed on the heritage room by at the ‘9/11 Revisited: Seeking the truth’ conference yesterday.
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Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (Jawi: محضير بن محمد ;pronounced [maˈhaðɪr bɪn moˈhamad]; born 10 July 1925) is a Malaysian politician who was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest serving Prime Minister. His political career spanned almost 40 years. Wikipedia