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Mahathir: 9/11 was staged

Mahathir: 9/11 was staged
Thu, Jan 21, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network
By Joshua Foong and Shamini Ann

KUALA LUMPUR: There is strong evidence that the Sept 11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 could have been 'staged' as an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

'I am not sure now that Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There is evidence that the attacks were staged.

'If they can make Avatar, they can make anything,' the former prime minister told a press conference here yesterday after delivering his speech at the General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds to aid the Palestinians.

He said killing innocent people to provide an excuse for war was not new to the US.

'But whether real or staged, the 9/11 attacks have served the United States and Western countries well. They have an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world,' he added.

Mahathir also criticised US President Barack Obama for failing to fulfil his promises concerning the country's commitment in West Asia, including his promise to resolve the prevailing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

'I am a bit disappointed because so far none of his promises have been kept. He promised to get out from Afghanistan but he ended up sending more troops there instead.

'He promised to close down Guantanamo but he has not closed down Guantanamo.

'It is quite easy to promise during election time but you know there are forces in the United States which prevent the President from doing some things. One of the forces is the Jewish lobby, AIPAC,' he said.

On another issue, Dr Mahathir said he supported the plan to set up the inter-faith council as it could help promote effective understanding among religious groups in the country.

Such a council, he said, would provide a platform for people to talk about sensitive religious matters reasonably without taking it to the streets.

Earlier in his speech, Dr Mahathir spoke about the Palestinians' claim on their land in West Asia which he said was based on legitimate grounds.

He said one of the greatest injustices done was to take Palestinian land to give to the Jews to create the state of Israel.

Later in Putrajaya, Dr Mahathir said the opinions of 'powerful nations' should not deter Malaysia from continuing with its effort to help Palestine.

He was speaking at a ceremony to hand over certificates of appreciation to nine Malaysians who were part of the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza.

Mahathir Mohamad is William Rodriguez's friend

I'm fairly sure that Dr Mahathir Mohamad is William Rodriguez's friend. At one time Willie told me he was offered a Bungalow in Malaysia to use as he edited his video.

Willie, can you of someone else confirm?

Boy

do you have that right. I read some of the comments and I couldn't keep from laughing. I guess some people will never wake-up.

FYI...

Cynthia McKinney reportedly is also a friend of Mahathir--and recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center characterized him as an antisemite in an attempt to smear McKinney by association:

http://mobile.salon.com/politics/war_room/2009/12/03/mckinney/index.html

I am unable to determine whether they have characterized his views accurately or not. As much as I deplore politically motivated guilt-by-association tactics, that's still no basis for assuming that they're just making things up. (Then again, there is the possibility that, out of political motivation, they just threw fairness and accuracy out the window.)

And BTW, in the comments to the article that is the subject of this thread, I groaned to see the 'Jews took the day off'' canard rearing its ugly head. We can only hope that the more information about 9/11 gets out, more people will come to see what the truth movement's arguments really are, and will thus likewise be able to appreciate how unrepresentative of 9/11 truth such comments are.

I love hearing about people speaking out ! Good post.

"It is you who are the torch-bearers with respect to that truth.... ...Steel your spines. Inspire your children. Then when the moment is right, rise again...." W PEPPER

Dr M persists with 9/11 conspiracy theories

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/50465-dr-m-persist...

UPDATED

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad continued today with his claims that the 9/11 attacks in the United States were staged. He now suggests that the collapse of the World Trade Center and surrounding buildings in New York nine years ago was the result of controlled demolition.

His remarks, published in his blog today, backs conspiracy theories put forward by fringe groups, and comes just days after he had also said that the Holocaust had failed as a final solution against the Jews.

“It is of course a fact that the two towers were destroyed after two aircraft crashed into them,” he said in reference to a speech he made on Wednesday when he said that “if they can make Avatar they can make anything.”

“A lot of people in America (the apologists will dismiss them as conspiracy theorists) questioned whether the towers collapsed because the planes crashed into them or that something else caused them to come down. These people have reproduced videos taken by media people showing the attack and the collapse of the towers, pointing out certain peculiar features. I have seen the three-hour long video which is widely distributed.”

He argued that the collapse of the twin towers was typical of controlled demolitions which are common in the United States.

In his posting, he also provides a link to a video on the Internet which is based on a book written by a conspiracy theorist who claims that elements in the US government had staged the attacks.

The former prime minister’s decision to lend his weight to such theories appears to be part of his campaign to highlight the plight of Palestinians, a cause which he has championed since he was still in government.

But by targetting the United States, in suggesting this week that the 9/11 attacks were staged as an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world, he could pose some problems for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the latter’s efforts to develop better ties with Washington.

In his posting, Dr Mahathir reproduces a number of claims and allegations which have been rejected by engineers and other investigators, including how the aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon was never found.

The former PM, who still retains significant influence among conservative Malay-Muslims and Umno members, also claimed that he met a janitor who worked in the twin towers and who had told him of explosions unrelated to the plane crash.

“As I said in my speech I am not so certain now that the Arab ‘terrorists’ hijacked four commercial aircrafts simultaneously and flew them into the twin towers, the Pentagon and somewhere unknown .

“Some people have condemned me for doubting that the attack was mounted by Arab Muslim terrorists. Perhaps one of the television stations would care to air the videos mentioned without censorship.”

At a separate press conference today at the Islamic Arts Museum, Dr Mahathir scoffed at suggestions that Malaysia’s attempts to attract foreign investments would be dampened as a result of his controversial comments about Jews.

“During my time (as Prime Minister) I was nasty about the Americans. And I was branded anti-Semitic too. But even then we still obtained FDIs,” said Dr. Mahathir.

The former PM also asserted the fact that Malaysia cannot depend solely on FDIs and should, instead, build up its own economy.

“There is a fear among people to say anything political of this issue... especially when we are accusing a government of a very powerful country of doing something wrong.

“Don’t forget they (even) told lies to go to war,” said Dr. Mahathir.

He also rebuked a reporter for suggesting that his comments could be viewed as insensitive given the current racial tension within Malaysia itself.

“Why is it the worst time to talk about this? Why should you call it racist? Does Malaysia’s race problems have something to do with the Jews?”

He laughed at suggestions that this was a cheap publicity stunt on his part.

“What do I gain from a publicity stunt? I’m not going to run for Prime Minister again...well, that is, unless you want me to,” said the former prime minister in jest.