Daily Archives: September 11, 2008

Gideon Rachman

The first thing that happens on 9/11 is that there are memorial services and commemorations for the people who died. The second thing that happens is that lots of opinion polls are published.

This year – as ever – they make startling reading. A 17-nation survey published by WorldPublicOpinion – which is affiliated with the University of Maryland – finds that in only 9 of 17 countries surveyed are majorities prepared to believe that al-Qaeda was responsible for the attacks. This seems odd to me since al-Qaeda leaders have actually claimed responsibility for the attacks. But maybe that was some sort of fancy double-bluff. Or maybe the man in the video was actually Donald Rumsfeld wearing a fake beard. Read more