An Egyptian columnist who writes for a state-run newspaper has accused the United States of America of establishing ISIS group and plotting the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to justify its military interventions in the Middle East, as reported by The Independent.
The Egyptian journalist added, “Is it possible to believe the official version from the US government, of the events of 11 September 2001.”
In her column published in on 23 August, Al-Sharnoubi claimed that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon attacks could have been premeditated to “justify the war on terror”.
She also cast doubt over the fidelity of the actions of the Islamic State, alleging the extremist group could have been made up to “trick” the world and validate US foreign policy.
The Independent said that “Al-Sharnoubi does not appear to shy away from controversial subjects.”
“Recently, she discussed in her weekly column issues such as burkini bans, French military involvement in Libya and whether it is acceptable to sacrifice chickens, ducks, and geese,” reported the UK-based newspaper.
In the same context, the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri) has translated Al-Sharnoubi words that said: “Is it a coincidence that the September 11 attackers were trained at American flight schools?”
She added, “Is it conceivable that four hijacked planes flew around so freely, penetrated US airspace and hit the towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon one by one, with an interval of 15 minutes and 30 minutes between the attacks.”
She wandered, “All this took place without the Americans targeting the planes and downing them, despite all their intelligence, satellites, and radars? “Or was the whole thing planned [in advance] in order to justify the war on terror, the first episode of which later began in Iraq?”
Ms. Al-Sharnoubi also suggested that ISIS group could be “another story that was prepared in advance by the West to justify the devastation, partitioning, and occupation” of Middle Eastern countries.
According to Memri, she wrote, “Does it make sense that most Isis members are foreigners [i.e., Western nationals], unless ISIS is another story that was prepared in advance by the West to justify the devastation, partitioning and occupation [of countries] that is taking place and will continue to take place in the Middle East?”
“Those who are murdered and then accused of perpetrating terror attacks in the West – are they the real culprits?
She continued narrating the conspiracy from her point of view saying that “Perhaps Western intelligence elements are behind the attacks and the bombings, and later Muslim citizens are arrested and killed and simply accused of perpetrating the attacks in order to justify what is happening in the Arab countries in the name of the war on terror, and in order to justify the plan to persecute the Muslims in the U.S. and Europe and expel them? Have we really been deceived, and continue to be deceived, to such an extent?!”
In fact, the Egyptian journalist claims against the US are astonishing as it isn’t expected that she wrote this column away from her national state-owned censorship that represents the official political stance of the Egyptian regime.
Egypt’s media is fully controlled by the regime especially after the military coup in 2013 led by al-Sisi against the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.
Since the coup, the regime launched a massive crackdown on political opposition, journalists, and activists. Egypt’s media reflects only the political will and stances of its regime and any journalist who goes out of the regime’s track he will be fired or sent behind bars.
Reporters Without Borders’ 2016 World Press Freedom Index listed Egypt as number 159 out of 180 countries in the freedom of the press.
According to the report, “journalists are obliged on national security grounds to report only the official version of ‘terrorist’ attacks” under an anti-terrorism law passed in 2015.