On the seventh anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC, a majority in the Muslim world still insist Israel was behind the assault that left over 3,000 Americans dead.
In a survey reaching from London's burgeoning Muslim population to Pakistan, The New York Times found that while most acknowledge that those who executed the 9/11 attacks were Arabs, the brains behind the devastating terrorist onslaught had to be Israeli or American.
"What happened in Iraq confirms that [9/11] has nothing to do with bin Laden or Al Qaeda," said one Egyptian respondent who insisted that the terrorist attacks on the US clearly served Israeli interests.
Others said the attacks had better served the US agenda of controlling the world's resources, and so must have been masterminded by the White House.
"I think the US organized this so that they had an excuse to invade Iraq for the oil," said a Syrian engineer working in the United Arab Emirates.
Still others accepted that the attacks were planned and executed by fellow Muslims, but maintained that Al Qaeda was justified in carrying them out because of American support for Israel.
"The date Al Qaeda terrorists chose for their attack showed their true motivation, as September 11 is the anniversary of the League of Nations’ proclaiming in Palestine the British Mandate in 1922," wrote a Pakistani newspaper columnist. "The date represents the first physical step toward the implementation of the Balfour Declaration and establishment of Israel."
The writer cautioned Americans that such disasters can be expected to continue so long as their country supports Israel.