Most People Don't Blame Al Qaeda For 9/11 Terrorist Attacks15:22 - Saturday 13 September 2008 - In Category World News
A new poll has found that most people around the world do not believe al Qaeda were behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The poll, which was conducted by global research firm WorldPublicOpinion.org, surveyed more than 16,000 people from Britain, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Russia and 12 other countries.
The results found that on average, 54 per cent of people were either unsure, or did not believe al Qaeda was to blame.
Remarkably, many people around the world believe the American and Israeli governments were behind the attacks.
In Turkey, 36 per cent of the population believes the US government was responsible, as do 30 per cent of Mexicans and 23 per cent Germans.
In Egypt, a staggering 43 percent believe the Israeli government set up the attacks.
Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org. said: ‘Given the extraordinary impact the 9/11 attacks have had on world affairs, it is remarkable that seven years later, there is no international consensus about who was behind them.
‘There is a lack of confidence in the United States around the world. It is striking that even among our allies, the numbers that say al-Qaida was behind 9/11 do not get above two-thirds, and barely become a majority.’
He added: ‘This is a real indication that the United States is not in a strong position to, in a sense, tell its story. The American narrative is not as powerful in the world today.’