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Politics has corrupted our interpretation of history; the media too.
But by forcing one view over the other, the two have succeeded in manipulating an historical event of earth-shattering magnitude, such as 9/11, so that their explanation of what happened on that ominous day seven years ago becomes the only reality; it then becomes dogma.
This lethal combination of politics and media has flummoxed our appreciation of what had really happened on 9/11 and why. Yes there are still dissenting voices, both in the United States and abroad, that refuse to accept the official account of what happened on that tragic day. Our understanding of Al-Qaeda remains subject to speculation, intrigue and is influenced by conspiracy theories.
The same can be said of Iraq; a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, never attacked America and was ruled by a regime which in the past had done business with Washington. Politics and media colluded to present that country as a present and immediate menace to world peace. Since its invasion by the United States and Britain, Iraq became a magnet for Al-Qaeda and is now heavily infiltrated by Tehran. Iraq today is in a mess and as the “game” unwinds, its future is as ambiguous as it was on the eve of its illegal invasion.
Still we hear few dissenting voices because the war on terror has created an atmosphere of terror where nonconformists are hunted down, intimidated, accused and eventually silenced.
But no matter how politicians and media spinners have written history, there will always be those who will ask the same questions: What really happened on 9/11 and who was behind it? There will be those who will nag and ask again how the war in terror is connected to 9/11. And then there will always be that haunting question: What did all those hundrds of thousand of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere die for?