WALID JUMBLATT More questions
Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party says: "There are a number of questions on the authors of the attacks in America. Who is bin Laden who has become the number one (enemy) of western civilisations? He is an invention of the American secret services who chose to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan with US backing." Osama bin Laden is an "American agent" he said. The CIA and the Mossad (the Israeli secret service) could be behind (the attacks) to provoke a new war and impoverish and occupy the Middle East," Jumblatt said. "It is an enormous scandal because in 1994, the CIA pointed the finger at bin Laden as a very dangerous man. It is also surprising that a great state which has a military budget of US$350 billion was not able to thwart these attacks. "One should find out whether the American (secret) services are implicated in starting a merciless war between America and the racist West against Arabs and the Muslims", he said. Jumblatt, expressed concern that the "war against terrorism" could develop into a "huge massacre of Palestinians." Jumblatt, who was presiding over a ceremony in Lebanon called on the audience to observe one minute of silence in memory of the "innocent (people) killed in the World Trade Centre and in memory of the Arabs killed in Palestine, in south Lebanon, in Syria, Jordan and Iraq in the war against Israel."