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Reader: "I'm Unimpressed with
Attempts to Link Israel and 9-11"
[Posted 15 September 2002]
Dear Emperor's Clothes,
There's a disturbing trend developing among some
activists concerned with Sept 11. They seem obsessed with
trying to implicate Israel. Myself, I'll listen to any
evidence with an open mind, but I'm concerned at the
readiness of otherwise rational, ethical people to jump
at these accusations on the flimsiest pretexts. There's a
fair bit of this stuff floating around the net. I've read
a lot of it, and haven't been impressed by the quality of
The text below is from a letter on the subject, which
I recently sent to one of my networks.
I'm Unimpressed with Attempts to Link
Israel and 9-11
by Gerard Holmgren
Regarding Israel's alleged involvement in September 11th
let me first state that I'm open to anything but I want
to see evidence. Everything I've seen on this accusation
has been at best highly circumstantial and speculative
and at worst completely without foundation.
First: One thing I've heard a lot is the question,
"Who has the most the to gain?"
This doesn't constitute evidence. It merely
constitutes grounds for inquiry.
The moment the Sept. 11 attacks happened, I knew that
the US would use it for it's strategic agenda, but I
never regarded that as evidence of the complicity [of the
It took me a month of reading Illarion Bykov and Jared
Israel's articles on the standing-down of the U.S. Air
Force and the behavior of Bush on the morning before I
was convinced. That's what I call evidence, not vague
generalizations about who might have the most to gain.
Even so, I can't really see what Israel had to gain.
We know what the US stood to gain. Cheap oil, strategic
influence for a long-standing imperialist policy agenda,
and profits from arms trading.
Israel's agenda is completely different and far less
duplicitous. Its main concern has been securing its
Unlike the forked tongue propaganda of the US, Israel
makes it quite clear and open what its agenda is. It
pursues it ruthlessly so what you see is what you get. I
see no evidence of a shadowy covert strategic chess game
of the type the US plays.
I fail to see how engineering a war between the US and
Afghanistan or the US and Iraq provides anything useful
to Israel. In fact the reverse. All Israel has gained out
of Sept 11 is a certain amount of political justification
for going a bit harder against the Palestinians, and I
find it preposterous to suggest that they would use the
convoluted route of engineering Sept 11 for this purpose.
First, they have a much richer source of justification in
the terrorist bombings of Palestinian extremists than in
any marginal increase in justification for attacking
"terrorism" in general in the aftermath of Sept
11. And any gains in this area are well and truly offset
by the stirring up of the Arab and Muslim states
following September 11.
This network [Note from www.tenc.net As Mr. Holmgren
said, this text is based on a letter he sent to an email-list]
has spent many words and hours examining in minute detail
the finest points of what the US has to gain out of Sept
11, but when it comes to Israel, seems to be satisfied
with the vague generalisation that more hostility to the
Arab world might prove useful to them. I find this
approach unbalanced, unscientific and inconsistent.
Second point. There have been numerous reports that
Mossad warned US intelligence agencies about Sept. 11
prior to the event. This is also presented as evidence
that they were involved because "they knew."
But why would they have tried to warn the U.S. if they
were part of it? These reports point to the involvement
of US intelligence, not the Mossad. [EMPEROR'S CLOTHES
NOTE: Apparently the Russians, French and Egyptians also
tried to warn the CIA...]
Third point. It's all very well to say that "Israel
was involved" but I'm yet to hear anything specific
about how they actually contributed to it. Standing down
the airforce could only be done by US authorities. If the
planes were flown by remote control this would have
required complicity of US authorities and possibly some
officials in the airlines. Slackening or manipulation of
airport security measures would have to be organised by
US authorities. Issuing of passports and ID to the
terrorists, which some think happened, would require the
work of US authorities. Did Israel have interests in
Enron, or the Carlyle group? Does Mossad have connections
with the Bin Ladens? Everything we know suggests a
domestic US intelligence operation, tied in with US
I want to see evidence and research of real quality
before I'll take these allegations seriously, and quite
frankly, I haven't seen a shred. Vague stuff about
Israeli spy rings or some Israeli kids who were
supposedly arrested after cheering the WTC disaster from
a rooftop in New Jersey - and who knows if they even knew
what was happening - do not constitute evidence of the
quality needed. When I see things like the Chief of the
Israeli airforce being in Washington on Sept. 11 and
meeting with Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Myers as the attacks were going on, or hijackers with
Israeli-issued passports, then I'll get interested. I
haven't seen anything like that.
Why is it that everywhere we look we find evidence of
the US Establishment's collusion lying around in heaps so
big we keep tripping over them, but we're having to
resort to the most circumstantial, vague and twisting
speculation to find anything at all to pin on Israel?
-- Gerard Holmgren
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