9/11 Attacks Boomerang to Their Protagonists

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ardeshir Zarei Ghanavati
Expert on International Relations & Foreign Policy

Before the recent visit to Saudi Arabia by the United States President Barack Obama, the New York Times published a report about the role of Riyadh, including some of Saudi officials and princes, in terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, causing tensions to escalate in relations between the two countries. Concurrence of this report with a discussion at the US Congress about the contents of 28 pages of a detailed report on the 9/11, which had so far remained confidential and its release had been prevented by the US government, poured fuel on those tensions. What stirred wrath of Riyadh leaders was the contents of the New York Times’ report and later remarks by some members of the Congress, including Bob Graham, a former senator, who has played an axial role in the 9/11 investigations.

Graham has noted that this confidential information proves the existence of a support network, which backed hijackers who played a role in the 9/11 terror attacks. He added that during the time that they were in the United States, hijackers enjoyed full support of Saudi Arabia as well as Saudi charities and rich people. So, if this confidential part of the 9/11 report is released and most probably forwarded for appropriate action through decision of the American lawmakers, it would give rise to a legal process, which can expose the government of Saudi Arabia as well as many institutions and people related to this country to various accusations and possible punishment.

Under these conditions and from a legal viewpoint, the way would be paved for the follow-up of this issue through the American judicial system against Saudi Arabia. From a political standpoint, this country would be in for punishment and discredit at global level. A recent warning by Saudi Arabia’s inexperienced foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, about liquidation of Saudi Arabia’s Treasury bonds to a total of USD 750 billion, was in fact a reaction to this development and to a large extent proves that Riyadh, which is quite aware of the reality of the role played by Saudi government and affiliated institutions in 9/11 attacks, is trying through all kinds of pressures to prevent this scenario from being unraveled.

Two scenarios are imaginable as to what may happen in bilateral relations between Washington and Riyadh and through follow-up of the 9/11 attacks under the present sensitive circumstances. In the first scenario, it is possible that due to pressure from public opinion, families of the 9/11 victims and the United States judicial institutions, the leaders in White House have now reached the point where they must make a decision about 15 years after these attacks took place. The new wave of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism, which is currently threatening the entire world with Riyadh standing accused of being the main cradle of covert and overt conspiracies, which gave birth to this monster, has been undoubtedly instrumental in expediting this decision. Of course, there were common interests between the United States and Saudi Arabia since the beginning Islamist fundamentalism, which caused them to support jihadist forces during the 1970s through Afghanistan’s wars and even throughout the process of destabilizing Libya and Syria, and both Washington and Riyadh played their part in arming these terrorist groups. However, now that jihadist terrorists are aiming at Europe and the United States, political and judicial officials in Washington are provided with a good opportunity to contain this phenomenon.

Perhaps a reason behind this 15-year delay in releasing the report is this conflict of interests and differences about the phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, which has largely gotten out of the control of the West and its leadership has fallen into the hands of the Arab-Turkish axis, which goes on with it even at the cost of endangering the security of the West.

In the second scenario, more than being related to the main incident, the equations will take shape in relation to regulation of geopolitical relations and there is a possibility that the US, which has been very indignant with some measures taken by Riyadh in the past years, is just using the results of the 9/11 investigation as a political leverage to mount pressure on Saudi Arabia.

If the discussion and possible decision-making on the real protagonists behind the 9/11 terror attacks go through their natural legal and political course, it is possible that the time for appropriate changes in relations in the Middle East has come about in Washington’s large-scale policymaking process. Given the fact that stability has been already disrupted in the Horn of Africa and Middle East, the aftermath of which has reached the West in the form of terrorist acts and the new wave of asylum seekers, the West’s decision to end playing with the Islamist fundamentalism card could be thought-provoking.

Undoubtedly, what has been started with regard to the results of the 9/11 investigations, including its confidential part, is not unrelated to the aforesaid scenarios. Washington’s plans and measures in taking advantage of Islamist fundamentalism, which led to the 9/11 attacks in the past and are causing instability and anarchy in the Middle East now, were aimed at meeting the interests of military industries. However, due to huge costs of the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which weigh on the federal budget, the time has come to say goodbye to this game.

During the past year and after the rise of the Daesh monster, leaders in Riyadh and Ankara made a miscalculation as a result of which they could not monitor the course of changes and show an appropriate reaction. Therefore, they are now target of all kinds of accusations and possible punishments. For this reason, pressure on Riyadh and Ankara has risen to unprecedented levels in past months and even mainstream media, which previously tried to mislead the public opinion, are now dealing with the issue of jihadist terrorism more transparently. It seems that Riyadh’s aggressive policy in past years, which has greatly jeopardized security of the region and undermined Washington’s hegemony in this geopolitical region, is producing quid pro quos in the form of current pressures on Saudi Arabia.

Key Words9/11 Attacks, Boomerang, Saudi Arabia, United States, President Barack Obama, New York Times, Report, Role of Riyadh, Terrorist Attacks, Tensions, Relations, US Congress, 28 Pages, Bob Graham, Adel al-Jubeir, Islamist fundamentalism, Afghanistan, Wars, Libya, Syria, Daesh, Ghanavati

Source: Shargh Daily
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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