Here’s one comment I’ve received today:
The USA/ the West could, if it had wished, reacted to 9/11 with international criminal justice procedures.
Now of course the person who made it has lost touch with reality somewhat. Let’s just recap.
- Libya issued the first official Interpol arrest warrant for bin Laden in 1998.
- An American grand jury indicted him on charges of killing five Americans and two Indians in the November 14, 1995, truck bombing of a U.S.-operated Saudi National Guard training center in Riyadh.
- He had been added to the FBI’s most wanted list in June 1999 for his part in the bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, attacks that killed over 200 people and for the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen that killed 17 people.
- President Bill Clinton convinced the United Nations to impose sanctions against Afghanistan in an attempt to force the Taliban to extradite him.
- Despite the multiple indictments and multiple requests, the Taliban refused to extradite him
The person who left that comment here probably has no idea about all of this - I know in the past they were disinterested in politics and foreign affairs, and rather ignorant of them – and is just parroting something that passes for a truism in the internet echo chambers she inhabits. But on 9/11 of all days, to come up with this?
But it goes on. She writes:
the Afghans or the Taliban, forget which at this point, offered to hand bin Laden over to the USA at one point, but the USA refused
of course, the Taliban never offered to hand Bin Laden over to the US but the takeway for this person is that something about all this was the fault of the US. And finally, she writes:
the FBI has never claimed that there is any evidence for bin Laden being directly involved in 9/11
now I’m not sure what she means to suggest here. That Bin Laden and Al Qaeda weren’t behind 9/11? What else could she mean?
The norm for the FBI is to use one indictment; they’ve never officially claimed his involvement in the Cole bombing either. But Dale L. Watson, FBI Executive Assistant Director, Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence Division, talking to a Senate committee in 2003 said:
as the events of September 11 demonstrated with horrible clarity, the United States also confronts serious challenges from international terrorists. The transnational Al-Qaeda terrorist network headed by Usama Bin Laden has clearly emerged as the most urgent threat to U.S. interests. The evidence linking Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden to the attacks of September 11 is clear and irrefutable.
Not that this or anything else will convince this person.