Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been insisting for years that the Holocaust never happened. Now he’s moved to annex another section of the online fringe by claiming that the 9/11 terrorist attacks didn’t happen either. According to iranian state television, he told a gathering of intelligence ministers that “September 11 was a big lie and a pretext for the war on terror and a prelude to invading Afghanistan,” as well as a “complicated intelligence scenario and act.”
The iranian president has moved toward truthing in steps. Back in 2007, when he spoke at Columbia, the roots of 9/11 were just something we needed to look into
The September 11th tragic event was a huge event. It led to a lot of many other events afterwards. After 9/11 Afghanistan was occupied, and then Iraq was occupied. And for six years in our region there is insecurity, terror and fear.
If the root causes of 9/11 are examined properly — why it was happened, what caused it, what were the conditions that led to it, who truly was involved, who was really involved — and put it all together to understand how to prevent the crisis in Iraq, fix the problem in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
Of course, he was a little peeved at the time that his plans to visit the site of the WTC and air his views about “the root causes of such incidents” was vetoed by the police.
By 2008, 9/11 had become “a suspect event” which “took place in NY” when “A building collapsed and they said 3,000 people had been killed but never published their names” (note: from 2001, their names). In January of this year, Reuters had this quote from an iranian news agency: “The September 11 incident was very suspicious and complex … One could see it was like a funny show.”
Now, of course, the whole thing was explicitly a hawkish US hegemonist plot.
Sadly for Ahmadinejad, the future growth of his online following is somewhat limited by the fact that even if he does think Obama is a secret muslim, he’s unlikely to say so. He might want to look into that birth certificate thing next.