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‘US used 9/11 to spread Islamophobia’


A prominent  political analyst says that the US and its Western allies used the September 11 attacks as a tool to spread Islamophobia in different parts of the world.

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Press TV has interviewed Saeb Shaath, an author and Middle East affairs expert , to further discuss the September 11 attacks.

Press TV: As you well know, another consequence of the September 11 attacks was of course, the rise in Islamophobia. I would like to quote Noam Chomsky. He writes that the crime against humanity, as it was rightly called, could have been approached as a crime, with an international operation to apprehend the suspects. That was recognized at the time, but that no such idea was even considered. Why?

Shaath: I see after the tragic events of 9/11, the [former US president George W. Bush ] administration made it clear that the country (United States) was no longer safe. They created the color-coded terror alert, under which Americans lived on red and orange alerts on a daily basis, delivered by Fox News for years. They subjected the whole nation to manufactured psychological terror.

Anyone who would dare to question the new liberals, the new monsters, would be labelled straight away as a traitor or as being against the free will and values of freedom. The Bush administration immediately created a new aggressive foreign policy, to implement their strategy, which was ready before the attacks took place.

It was because of the 9/11 attacks that Bush got the approval from the people, because of the psychological fear, and from the Congress to increase the defence by an enormous amount, and then the US responded very aggressively in what we call the war on terror.

The images of terror and  terrorists were then translated into what a Muslim would look like, then they implemented the Bush Doctrine, (pre-emptive military strikes), which meant to strike against anyone or any country before even a threat would be seen. The Bush Doctrine was designed to take control of the wealth of the Middle East and its countries, as it instigated the war on Iraq.

Look at the results. The tragic events of 9/11 killed three thousand people or more, but nobody talks about the two million people killed in Iraq, or [the lives of] five million refugees being destroyed. A country which was advanced in the Middle East was destroyed and taken back to the Stone Age.

The whole design was to ensure that no other country would be a threat to the United States. By a threat, I mean an economic threat; no one can compete with American industries, because the American military might has to be number one in the world, intimidating everyone, so they can implement their imperialistic and neoliberal policies, and unfortunately it started in the Middle East. Apart from the Middle East, the targets were China, Russia, and Europe as a future contender to the US.

Press TV: There are still a lot of questions regarding the assassination of Osama bin Laden. People are asking why he wasn’t captured alive and put on trial. Why wasn’t there an autopsy amid the concerns that Washington has never made public, they say the evidence that Osama bin Laden was actually behind the 9/11 attacks, apart from the fact that bin Laden himself boasted of carrying out the attack, which of course suited his own aims?

Shaath: I look at this as a story of creating the bogeyman, Osama bin Laden, and finishing him off in that way. I look at it with the start of Anwar Sadat becoming their man in the Middle East, and then recruiting their agents to get Afghanistan to lower the Soviet Union at the time to Afghanistan, and then Osama bin Laden set his own agencies in Vienna and received finances from Saudi Arabia, weapons from the Egyptian president at the time Anwar Sadat, and training from the CIA and American Marines.

This was the first Mujahedin war, at the time led by Ronald Reagan and [former UK prime minister] Maggie Thatcher. We remember that al-Qaeda starts itself right there. So I can see, from the strategic point of view, that they tried to destroy the Soviet Union and they succeeded.

Then they used al-Qaeda and all of these guys to advance into the Middle East and to bring American boots into Iraq and Saudi Arabia – to surround resisting countries like Iran, Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon, to strengthen Israel. If they know it, they are serving members of al-Qaeda. If they do not know it then that’s a different story, because the same strategy is repeating itself on a different level. We can see it in Iraq, in Egypt, and Syria as well.

We have to understand that a lot of these guys are misled and brainwashed and they do not understand what they serve. At the end of the day,when I look at the results of the 9/11 attacks, Israel is one of the major countries that benefited. The Arabs and the Muslims are the major losers. Millions of Arabs and Muslims died. They lost their wealth; they lost their sovereignty over their countries.

The day before the attacks, why did every Israeli and every Jewish member in that two centres take a day off? Millions of questions like this make the American people angry when we call for inquiry. We don’t trust the government because they are being used and their rights are being compromised and being terrorized just for one reason. We want to stay alive. That’s what they want the American people to be thinking, they want them to think of their own lives only.




Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Tehran has never severed ties with the IAEA

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is proposing a logical path to the US for its full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Zarif said the United States should first return to the full compliance and then Iran will reciprocate after rapid verification of Washington’s compliance. Zarif also stressed that all sanctions imposed by Former President Donald Trump must be removed. This comes as Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal end another round of talks aimed at reviving the agreement. More negotiations are set to be held next Wednesday.

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

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Thousands of political prisoners in Bahrain are facing deaths

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation

Saeb Shaath Said “Thousands of political activists, political ‎dissidents, opposition figures, women and even ‎children in Bahraini prisons are facing deaths ‎
cleric …Sheikh Isa Qassim …has warned of that ‎and demanded their immediate release ,,,,,, he ‎called on the Al khalifa regime to choose between ‎the deaths of the dissident inmates and their ‎release…‎

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation …‎”

Shaath explained

“That is to force them to stop demanding Al ‎Khalifah regime to allow reforms for ‎establishing of a just and fair system that ‎reflects and represents the people interests .‎
On April 6 2020, 21 International ‎human rights organisations among ‎them were Amnesty international and ‎human rights first
‎ called on the Bahraini regime to release ‎all political prisoners ….as the release of ‎‎1,486 prisoners on 17 March 2020 only ‎included 394 prisoners sentenced on ‎political charges….‎
‎While the western governments applause ‎Bahrain’s so called great amnesty .‎”
‎ Saeb Shaath noted that “Most political opponents, activists, ‎human rights defenders, and journalists ‎remain incarcerated.‎
‎ Among them are influential members of ‎Al Wefaq party such as former ‎secretary-general Hassan Mushaima, ‎and Sheikh Ali Salman, ‎
as well as human rights activists ‎Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and Nabeel ‎Rajab”.‎
‎ Shaath added ” the hypocrisy of the west shines by keeping ‎closed eyes over atrocities committed by the ‎Bahraini regime against the prisoners … All ‎are well aware that Bahrain carries out ‎the execution of political prisoners. ‎
Bahraini authorities habitually diluting ‎human rights abuses by sentencing or ‎executing prisoners during holidays or ‎on days of religious celebrations to ‎prevent any reaction from international ‎institutions or media.‎”

Shaath concluded by saying ” Its well documented that the actions of ‎the Bahraini regime violate ‎international law and Bahrain’s ‎international human rights obligations, ‎
including the UN Convention Against ‎Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or ‎Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ‎
the International Covenant on Civil and ‎Political Rights, the International ‎Covenant on Economic, Social, and ‎Cultural Rights along with the Arab ‎Charter of Human Rights “..‎

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Who is behind the assassination of Iranian Scientists?

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.”



US officials say Zionist entity “Israel” was behind the assassination: New York Times “One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that “Israel” was behind the attack on the scientist,” The New York Times reported on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned multiple times in a presentation in 2018 by Zionist entity “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated baseless claims about the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu described the scientist as the director of Iran’s nuclear program and threatened, “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

The Tel Aviv regime has made several attempts over the past years to throw a wrench in Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work. The regime has been behind the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has also conduced cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear sites.

Dmitry Polyanskiy @Dpol_un “That’s a telling analysis from @nytimes reflecting readiness of US establishment to give green light to political extra territorial assasinations. Not a thing to boast for a democratic country! #Iran #Fakhrizadeh”.

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.” @aaronjmate .

The senior Iranian defense official was assassinated near the capital Tehran in a terrorist attack. In a statement, the Defense ministry said the vehicle of the head of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted by terrorists.

The Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said the act of cowardice shows the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators adding that there are serious indications of an Israeli role in the assassination. Zarif also urged the international community, especially the EU, to end QUOTE “their shameful double standards and condemn the Iranian defense official’s assassination.

Between 2010 and 2012, four other Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated. Tehran and western intelligence agencies have long put the blame on Zionist entity “Israel”, an accusation that was never rejected by officials of the Israeli regime.

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