Giuliani: Suggestion 9/11 was
invited is "absurd"
Wednesday May 16, 2007
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who skyrocketed to political prominence
in the wake of Sept. 11, heatedly refuted a suggestion by quixotic
candidate Rep. Ron Paul at Tuesday night's Republican debate that
American involvement in the Middle East invited hostility directed
at the US from international terrorists.
"I'm suggesting we listen to the people who attacked us (on
Sept. 11) and the reason they did it, and they're delighted"
that US troops are in Iraq because they provide easy targets for
terrorists, Paul said.
Paul was responding to a question about the origins of terrorist
attacks on US soil and noted the generations-long history of US
involvement in Middle East politics, including a CIA-sponsored coup
to overthrow Iran's leader in 1953 and regular bombing missions
in Iraq over the last decade.
"I don't think i've heard that before," Giuliani said,
"and I've heard some pretty absurd explanations for Sept. 11."
Paul said he was referring to what the CIA calls "blow back"
in mentioning the hostility American involvement might ferment in
"They don't come here to attack us because we're rich and
we're free," Paul said. "They attack us because we're
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