Has al Qaeda’s leadership been so decimated that it's reduced to taking cues from The Onion? That thought popped into my head this morning when a friend sent me a New York Times article headlined, “Al Qaeda tells Iran to stop 9/11 theories.”
According to the Times:
Al Qaeda has a message for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran: Enough with the conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks.
In an article in the current issue of its English-language magazine, Inspire, the terror network lashed out at Ahmadinejad for indulging in the claim that the U.S. government, and not al Qaeda, was responsible for the attacks.
The article, the Times reports, asks the question, “why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?"
My friend sent me the article after I had sent him an old Onion video wherein an al Qaeda spokesman debates a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, blasting him for trying to deflect credit from the terrorist group. “How would you like it if you spent, you know, two months in a mountain cave sleeping on rocks planning something really special only to have someone take the credit away from you?” the “spokesman” asks with some irritation.
The whole video, embedded below, is worth watching. And as happens all too often we have to ask: Is it reality, or is it The Onion?