The most difficult challenge in writing about the Iranian Terror Plot unveiled yesterday is to take it seriously enough to analyze it. Iranian Muslims in the Quds Force sending marauding bands of Mexican drug cartel assassins onto sacred American soil to commit Terrorism — against Saudi Arabia and possibly Israel — is what Bill Kristol and John Bolton would feverishly dream up while dropping acid and madly cackling at the possibility that they could get someone to believe it.
I never endorsed doubts about the official version of 9/11 beyond indicating what anyone who has objectively examined the controversy knows — that there remain certain gaps in the official explanation that give rise to an array of conspiratorial explanations, and that the 9/11 Commission unfortunately did not put these concerns to rest. My plea was intended to encourage addressing these gaps in a credible manner, nothing more, nothing less. I certainly meant no disrespect toward the collective memory of 9/11 in the country and elsewhere. On the contrary, my intention was to encourage an investigation that might finally achieve closure with respect to doubts that remain prevalent among important sectors of the public, including among some 9/11 families.
A UN expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories on Friday denied that he endorsed claims of US government involvement in the September 11 attacks. “I wish to be absolutely clear; I do not endorse the theory that the US government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks,” Richard Falk said in a statement released by the UN human rights office. The United States on Tuesday demanded his dismissal for “noxious” comments over an alleged US cover-up.
A UN expert on Palestinian human rights who suggested there was a cover-up over the September 11 attacks should be fired, US Ambassador Susan Rice said on Tuesday. US academic Richard Falk wrote in a blog this month that there had been an “apparent cover-up” over 9/11. In her statement, Rice called Falk’s comments “despicable” and “noxious” and called for his removal.