It was reported in The Straits Times yesterday: According to Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad, he claimed that the September 11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 could have been 'staged' as an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world.
In his own words (as quoted), "In September 2001, the World Trade Center was attacked allegedly by terrorists. I am not sure now that Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There is evidence that the attacks were staged. If they can make Avatar, they can make anything," the former prime minister told a press conference here yesterday after delivering his speech at the General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds to aid the Palestinians.
He said killing innocent people to provide an excuse for war was not new to the US.
"But whether real or staged, the 9/11 attacks have served the United States and Western countries well. They have an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world," he added.
One thing's for sure - James Cameron's 2009 science fiction epic film "Avatar" certainly made a deep impression on Mahathir. Within three weeks of the film's release, it had grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film of all time, exceeded only by Cameron's previous film Titanic. Estimates put the cost of the film at about $280–310 million to produce and an estimated $150 million for marketing.
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