By Hussain Saqib

If loss of human lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan counts as of no value, still American taxpayers have a right to ask why nearly a trillion dollars of their hard-earned money went down the drain for attacking a wrong enemy.  

A new turn in the story of 9/11 now suggests that it was Saudis who supported and financed 9/11 attackers of Twin Towers. These towers of the world Trade Center were destroyed on September 9, 2001 when passenger planes hit the buildings causing death of nearly 3,000 Americans. If this theory is accepted as true, then who will ask George Bush why he attacked Afghanistan immediately after the incidents. Who will account for tens of thousands of deaths and massive destruction in not only Afghanistan but also the neighboring countries, particularly Pakistan? If loss of human lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan counts as of no value, still American taxpayers have a right to ask why nearly a trillion dollars of their hard-earned money went down the drain for attacking a wrong enemy.

Twenty-eight secret pages of a Congressional report locked away in a room in the Capitol in Washington lie in the center of a crisis between America and Saudi Arabia which threatens to have severe and widespread repercussions. A new legislation passed by the US Congress would enable the families of victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich desert kingdom was presented by the West as its most valuable ally in the Middle East, over alleged links with al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the attacks on New York and Washington.

The classified pages are in a file titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive Narrative Matters”, which have never been published from the findings of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into the attacks. Former President George W Bush claimed the publication of this part of the report would damage America’s national security by revealing “sources and methods that would make it harder for us to win the War on Terror”.

The Americans accused Afghan Taliban for sheltering the perpetrators of 9/11, attacked the country and toppled the Taliban regime but it has not been able to get out of Afghanistan mess even after 15 years. It also accused Saddam regime of Iraq for stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, attacked Iraq and toppled Saddam regime replacing. If history is any guide, the US may now be planning to attack Saudi Arabia, topple al Saud dynasty and leave the country in a bigger mess.

According to some conspiracy theorists, public’s confidence in the 9/11 story told heretofore, is eroding as a result of growing expert opinion that challenges the official line.  In order to redirect the public’s skepticism, a red herring is being pulled across the trail.  The Saudi angle satisfies the belief that some sort of government cover-up is involved but redirects the suspicion from Washington to the Saudis.  The Saudi angle also fits the neoconservatives’ original plan for overthrowing the Saudi government along with the governments of Iraq, Syria, and Iran.  If the American people can be worked up against the Saudis, the neocons can get their wish for “regime change” in Saudi Arabia.

Is it a simple case of public disinformation which governments often indulge in to distract the public attention from serious holes in the official tale or the Americans are seeking an excuse to topple the Saudi regime? The mystery will unfold in the coming years but some recent developments are quite puzzling; Saudi’s arrogance and maltreatment of President Obama in his recent state visit to Riyadh and Saudis’ warming up to Israel, a sworn enemy of Muslims, the world over.

Does it reflect a shift in Saudi policies and, as Saudis are self-appointed leaders of the Muslims, a signal to the world of Islam to accept Israel as a legitimate State? Are Saudis trying to replace Uncle Sam with Israel? It may be kept in mind that despite the Report of Inquiry, it is still a widely-shared perception that the House of Saud was a close friend of the Bushes.

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