As we commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, conspiracy theories surrounding the perpetrators and alleged cover-up still abound. These theories range from the idea that the destruction of the World Trade Center was a “false flag” operation in which the U.S. government attacked its citizens to provide an excuse for war, to the notion that Jews and/or Israelis perpetrated the attacks and then pointed the finger at Islamic extremists.
Press TV, the Iranian government’s platform to disseminate its ideology to the English-speaking world, exploited the anniversary to espouse anti-Semitic ”explanations” of what happened on 9/11 in three articles published on their website today.
The first, an interview with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, served as an opportunity for Duke to flesh out his anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Israel was responsible for 9/11. When Duke was asked if he believes 9/11 was an “inside job,” he responded: “There are Israeli fingerprints all over the whole 9/11 aspect…Israel has a long record of terrorism against America…there are a lot of reasons that Israel wanted 9/11 to happen.” In addition to blaming Israel for perpetrating the attacks, Duke also claimed Jews and/or Israel are responsible for a number of American policies and world events. He stated, for example, that the Iraq war was merely the result of Zionist control. “The Zionists orchestrated and created this war in the media, the government, and international finance,” he said.
Press TV also interviewed Mark Dankof, a contributor to the virulently anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press. In the interview, titled “Zionists masterminded, co-plotted 9/11 attacks,” Dankof explicitly accuses “Zionists” of perpetrating the attacks. When asked by the interviewer whether it’s likely the U.S. will reinvestigate the attacks, Dankof replies:
“It is not going to happen because the people who perpetrated [9/11] are the same people who control the news media and have a disproportionate influence in American foreign policy through various think tanks and so forth, that are aligned with the nation of Israel.”
Dankof also states that he agrees with the outspoken 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alan Sabrosky that “9/11 was an Israeli Mossad inside operation from start to finish -- one hundred percent. Period.” Dankof adds that if others look into 9/11, they will find that:
“Israel had the motive, they had the means, they had the opportunity, they had the money, they had the resources, they had the inside contacts and they had the people in the American media and the American government to cover it up for them after the fact.”
A third article posted today, a reprinting of comments made by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about 9/11, was similarly conspiratorial. Ahmadinejad, according to the transcript provided by Press TV, stated that the sanctity of the media has been “destroyed” by Zionists and that the events surrounding 9/11 and the subsequent American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were the result of a “media operation.” His comments, though somewhat vague and incoherent, seem to imply that the “Zionists” corrupted the media which in turn has led to U.S. policies in the Middle East that are perceived to benefit Israel.
Press TV has a history of promoting offensive and unsubstantiated theories on 9/11 behind the veneer of providing legitimate news coverage. In doing so, they also provide a platform for those who espouse such theories and lend legitimacy to them.