Video blog: What’s your 9/11 conspiracy?

Published: September 11, 2011
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Too few facts? A vast global conspiracy? Too many cheesy documentaries and delusions, or just a lot of anti-US sentiment? Whatever the case may be, the September 11 attacks on US soil have had a lasting and unending impact on Pakistan’s psyche.

This video is a mash-up of just some of the opinions floating around a single office space, and while no means comprehensive, they do capture some of the banter surrounding 9/11 in the country.

9/11 was the day the world changed forever, and there have been just as many conspiracy theories as to who is responsible for the attacks as the number of days since it was carried out.

The most popular and well-documented, by far, is that Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda at the time masterminded the attack (a theory that I personally buy into).

However, even though bin Laden claimed responsibility, in Pakistan as in many other parts of the world, a number of people have pointed fingers at forces outside al-Qaeda.

In a 2008 poll of 17 countries, 15 per cent of those surveyed believed that the US government itself was behind the attacks.

Popular conspiracy theories are LIHOP (Let it happen on purpose) and MIHOP (Made it happen on purpose). While the former states that the US government had foreknowledge about the attacks and deliberately ignored the information they had, the latter claims that key individuals in the government planned the attacks.

So who do you think carried out the 9/11 attacks?

Jahanzaib Haque

Jahanzaib Haque

News buff and Web Editor, The Express Tribune. Jahanzaib tweets @Jhaque_ twitter.com/jhaque_

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