by Poorang Novak
Sixteen years ago, more than three thousand people died in the largest mass casualty terrorist attack in the history of the United States. Since 11th September 2001, huge changes were made.
Iran, ignoring its own pressing domestic issues, took the opportunity to direct the world’s attention elsewhere. It has been, arguably, one of the main benefactors after the 9/11 attack. Following two wars in the region, Iran took the chance to spread sectarianism and its evil ideology.
However, it is imperative that Iran’s role in the terrorist attack is highlighted, and it is even more crucial that those from the Iranian regime who had involvement in the attack are held accountable.
The Iranian regime, which for almost forty years has been unable to look after its own people, has exported its “Islamic Revolution” by interfering in the affairs of other countries in the region and by causing chaos.
In Washington, a bipartisan commission looked into the 9/11 events and concluded that there is strong evidence to suggest that Iran was instrumental in moving al-Qaeda members in and out of Afghanistan before the attacks. Some of these people were hijackers on 9/11.
Of the 14 hijackers, 10 of them were allowed through Iran between October 2000 and February 2001.
There is also evidence to show that the Lebanese Hezbollah (which is funded and trained by Iran) was involved in training al-Qaeda members during the nineties. The 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia was previously attributed to the Lebanese Hezbollah, but since, it has been found that al-Qaeda is likely to have collaborated.
At the beginning of last year, Judge George Daniels of New York slammed Iran for “facilitating the execution” of the 9/11 attacks.
Despite the argument that a Shiite Iran is unlikely to back the Sunni al-Qaeda group, it must be remembered that terrorists – Sunni or Shiite – share the same goals (i.e. Islamic Jihad and Hamas). Iran has supported those who target US interests and is ironically indiscriminate (unlike in most other areas).
Iran, after the 9/11 attack, went on to provide a safe place for terrorists. It has been discovered that several al-Qaeda terrorists were granted security in Iran.
So Iran’s sponsorship and direct support for the 9/11 attack, its facilitation of travel and training for the hijackers, and its role of providing terrorists with a safe haven in Iran, shows that Iran’s involvement was extensive.