twin towers of the World Trade Center burning after two planes crashed
into each building in New York, September 11, 2001. — PHOTO: AFP
LUMPUR – MALAYSIA’S former premier Mahathir Mohamad claimed the Sept
11, 2001 attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000
people, were staged as an excuse to ‘mount attacks on the Muslim world’.
at the General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) here,
Tun Dr Mahathir said killing as an excuse for war is not new to the US.
He also argued that Israel was created to solve the ‘Jewish problem’ in
Europe, saying the Holocaust had failed as a final solution against the
‘In September 2001, the World Trade
Center was attacked allegedly by terrorists. I am not sure now that
Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There is strong evidence
that the attacks were staged. If they can make Avatar, they can make
anything,’ The Malaysian Insider reported Dr Mahathir as saying. The
former premier said Israel was created after the Europeans failed to
massacre the Jewish community.
‘The Jews had
always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to
ghettoes and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they
thrived and they held whole governments to ransom… Even after their
massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a
source of even greater problems for the world,’ said Dr Mahathir, who
was noted for his anti-Western and anti-Zionist stand while in power
for 22 years, until October 2003.
also expressed his disappointment in US President Barack Obama, who
marked his first year in office on Wednesday. ‘I am a bit disappointed
because so far none of his promises has 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
‘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,’ he said.