Why the United States attacked Afghanistan and let Saudi Arabia flee despite evidence of its involvement in the 9/11 attacks
According to John Lehman, a former Secretary of the Navy who investigated the attacks as part of the 9/11 Commission, the Bush administration “refused to declassify anything having to do with Saudi Arabia,” even when he presented them with evidence from Saudi Arabia. the links of those responsible to the hijackers, and “anything to do with the Saudis, for whatever reason, it had this very special sensitivity.”
Before hiding pages that implicated the House of Saud, and his family friend in particular, from public view for nearly fifteen years, Bush attempted to put Saudi-linked Henry Kissinger at the helm. of the Commission. Its co-chairman, former senator Bob Graham, accused the US government of “aggressive deception” regarding the Saudi role in the attacks.
But maybe things are starting to change. Barack Obama has declassified the twenty-eight pages under pressure from the families of the 9/11 victims, and Joe Biden has now ordered the declassification of other documents related to the FBI investigation into the attacks, which may well reveal more more on the Saudi government’s involvement.
The war on terrorism and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq should never have taken place, for reasons totally unrelated to the Saudi government’s guilt in the attacks: they were not only counterproductive and catastrophic, but also an immoral collective punishment of millions of innocent people for the sins of a little, the same twisted logic adopted by the terrorists that Washington has spent this century chasing.
But the evidence we have of Saudi involvement makes the military adventurism of the past decades particularly tragically absurd. Twenty years after the attacks, it is high time that those responsible were held to account.
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Courtesy of Jacobin magazine