Friday, September 02, 2011

Omitted facts from the 9/11 commemoration

By Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Aug. 30, 2011
 
Omitted facts from the 9/11 commemoration
Reuters
An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2001.
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The Obama administration has issued formal guidelines identifying the messages government agencies are to communicate as part of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack.  The New York Times obtained a copy of these guidelines and notes one significant omission:

The guidelines say the absence of Al Qaeda playing any significant role in the “Arab Spring” uprisings against longtime autocrats in the Middle East and North Africa should be cited as evidence that Bin Laden’s organization “represents the past,” while peaceful street protesters in Egypt and Tunisia “represent the future.” Left unsaid was that many of the deposed leaders were close American allies and partners in counterterrorism operations.

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