TV says US attacked itself
11 September, 2002
Iraqi TV has commented on the
first anniversary of the 11 September attacks in
two special reports. State media said that the US
itself planned last year's attacks on New York and
Washington to justify its war against
The reports also said that any future attack on
Iraq would end in defeat for the Americans.
The attacks were a pretext for the war on terror,
The two reports came as Iraqis were sitting down
to watch the lunchtime news bulletins.
The first showed archive footage from last year
with pictures of the Twin Towers burning, as well
as stills of various world leaders.
The voiceover deployed the kind of rhetoric heard
from Iraq over a number of months.
It said the US was an evil administration which
continued to carry out its daily aggression.
Washington, it said, was using the attacks as a
pretext to wage war, but it would be defeated if
it attacked Iraq.
The second 20-minute programme was called
"Who planned the 11 September
An off-screen commentator said the attacks were
knowingly prepared within the US to justify an
unlimited war by the US and Israel against Arabs
The report continued that such a war was intended
to allow America to dominate the world after its
defeat in the Gulf War and the end of hostilities
in the former Yugoslavia.
The commentator said Washington would also use the
war as a marketing showcase for American
The US wanted to declare war on all Muslims, the
The programme included archive footage and stills
of Saddam Hussein.
It ended by accusing the US of imposing state
terrorism on the peoples of the world in the name
of fighting terrorism.
Anyone who was against Washington, the piece said,
was judged as being for terrorism and must be
subject to retribution in the "Yankee
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