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Cooking up a conspiracy


Fergus Hanson


11 September 2008 12:23

A quick google search will deliver any aspiring crank a treasure trove of 9/11 conspiracy theories. Many of these theories seem to have caught on, according to the latest poll from, and not just in the Middle East. 23% of Germans said the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks and only 57% of of the British said Al Qaeda was responsible. Majorities in both China and Indonesia said they didn't know who was behind the attacks and some 23% of the French. Only in Kenya and Nigeria did majorities of more than 70% nominate Al Qaeda as responsible for the attacks. In Egypt, 43% said Israel was behind 9/11 and in Jordan the figure was 31%. Overall, of 17 countries, majorities in only nine said Al Qaeda was the culprit.

We often hear claims that America needs to do more to restore its image abroad, and no doubt some will use these findings to argue substantial parts of the world have lost faith in the US. However, if nearly a quarter of Germans think America terrorised itself on purpose and almost half of Egypt thinks Israel did, it would be worth looking inwards, before looking out to blame others.