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The Sydney Morning Herald last year added its own root-causes theory (shown below in expensive bold) to a piece sourced from London’s Sunday Times:

Osama bin Laden ordered the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks to organise a massive strike on Heathrow Airport to punish Tony Blair for his support of the US, it has been revealed.

The planned attack was to take place only days after 9/11; before Afghanistan, and before Iraq. Reader complaints to the SMH generated this response:

Your comments have been noted by the Foreign Editor, who has investigated the matter. The Sunday Times story says bin Laden wanted the Heathrow attack because Blair was considered al-Qaeda’s principle enemy. There is only one reason Prime Minister Blair/the UK is so high on the hit list, and that is their support for the US.

Your ongoing feedback and opinions will help us publish a better newspaper.

Obviously not. Maybe a few dozen sackings will change things. In any case, it’s interesting to consider the above in light of recent reports:

Mohammad Sadique Khan, the oldest of the four London suicide bombers, trained in a Jemaah Islamiah camp in the Southern Philippines during 2001 and was hosted on a visit to South-East Asia by the mastermind of the October 2002 Bali attack, Hambali …

A BBC report on the Bali-London links yesterday suggested that the British-born Khan, who worked as a primary school teacher’s aide with the children of immigrant families, was in contact with al-Qaeda figures for five years before the London bombings.

What say you now, SMH? Does it remain so damn obvious that Islamist antipathy towards the UK is primarily driven by “support for the US”? From James Paterson, who was on to this earlier:

It makes an absolute mockery of those on the left who continue to assert Iraq was to blame for the Underground bombings. Newsflash – the guy who planned and led the attacks was training to be a terrorist 5 years before it occurred, before even the Afghanistan invasion – let alone the Iraq one.

Either this bloke has a bloody good clairvoyant, or he imports his hatred from elsewhere.

Meanwhile, at the sackings link above:

In Melbourne, journalists appeared less hostile to the redundancies, with one predicting there would be a “stampede out of here” due to flagging morale under The Age’s editor-in-chief Andrew Jaspan.

Let’s hope nobody is being insensitive towards lovable Andrew.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/27/2005 at 11:15 AM
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