Accused Terrorist Explains: 9/11 “Heroic” Because Wall Street Is Center Of Evil

This is how accused terrorist Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, currently on trial in Manhattan, said Americans should view Osama bin Laden and his 9/11 gang—like white-hatted cowboys who rode into the evil little town of Wall Street, to punch it in the face. That might be a hard sell in the USA, but it is worth noting that at least some of Mustafa's critique of Wall Street, and specifically the old World Trade Center—whose towers were the Qaeda target—sound a lot like critiques of many Americans concerned about the growing inequality between the vast majority of Americans and the Wall Street elites.
In a statement that sounds a lot like it could have come from many Americans, especially ones who view Wall Street antagonistically, accused terrorist, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (AKA Abu Hamza al-Masri), on trial in New York City for aiding terrorism, says that the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center was “heroic”, because (according to an AP report):

“[Wall Street is] the center of evil. Political and financial evil for the whole world.”

AP says Mustafa, on trial for his alleged role in terrorist activities in the USA and in Yemen, viewed Wall Street as the main perpetrator of globalization, an effort to establish Western and especially American economic dominion over the whole world.

Mustafa, whose comments were made on a video interview that was introduced into evidence by prosecutors in his trial, explained that Americans should be able to understand that motives of the Muslims who attacked the USA on 9/11:
“This is what you teach your people in cowboy films when you see the aggressors being, doing bad things, and then the hero comes and gives him a couple of punches in his face. That's exactly like [9/11].”
Mustafa for many years operated as an Islamic cleric in London, and constantly presented the British government with a challenge to free speech, in light of Mustafa essentially being Qaeda’s spokesperson in the UK. Speaking in English, Mustafa provided a very different point of view of the events of the Terror Wars, and it is no surprise that the British and Americans wished to have his voice silenced.

However, many of Mustafa’s statements are available online on YouTube and elsewhere, for people to examine. A number of Mustafa’s theories about 9/11 are conspiratorial in tone, and he has rejected the idea that the 9/11 terrorists operated alone, or without American government officials either knowing of their attack (and letting it happen), or even aiding the Qaeda operatives in the plot.

Such theories have been advanced by others, including Americans, in the past, to help explain the seemingly implausible outcome of a few disciplined but essentially unarmed terrorists achieving such devastation against an American intelligence and military establishment that literally just sat and watched it on television.

The United States, to this day, has failed to come to grips with the motives and the implications of the 9/11 attacks. In an effort to avoid any investigation into the failures of the US government, under his watch, to stop Qaeda on 9/11, George W. Bush dumbed down the motives and attitudes of the terrorists, saying they hated the freedom of America. If Bush meant by this, the freedom to economically and politically exploit Muslim nations, that might have been a fair assessment, but Bush implied there was a kind of “them”, uniformed in Muslim extremism, that was so opposed to the freedom and safety of all Americans, understanding the specifics of their grievances was not relevant.

In fact, critics who asked the USA to think about these matters, the notion that poor and exploited peoples of the world, had good cause to feel hatred against America, were denounced as traitors in the early years of Bush’s wars.

It is useful to consider that, at least in part, what motivated the 9/11 terrorists was attacking an imperialistic brand of inequality and injustice they viewed the USA as perpetrating against the world. Unlike many political activists in the USA, who see economic inequality as largely a problem of society and politics, and not as a feature of a religious conflict, Qaeda used the very real anger of poor Muslims, aimed at the USA as an economic oppressor and a supporter of pro-American puppet regimes (for example in Egypt and Saudi Arabia), to advance their religious-based mission of rebuilding the Caliphate.

The complexities of these issues was generally ignored as the USA sought to simplistically demonize Qaeda and other Islamic groups and clerics promoting the interests of Muslims against those of the USA.

In short order, and quite ironically, George W. Bush would reveal his own personal motives for going to war, which had little to do with getting Osama bin Laden (whom Bush soon forgot about), and had everything to do with Bush obtaining personal vengeance against Saddam Hussein, a man who had inconveniently failed to be destroyed by Bush’s father in the Gulf War and its aftermath. The result was the disastrous Iraq War, the consequences of which has been so damaging to the USA, it far outstrips the harm done to the USA by Qaeda on 9/11.

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