||Poll shows many
Germans see U.S. behind Sept 11
BERLIN, July 23, 2003
one in three Germans below the age of 30 believes the U.S. government
may have sponsored the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and
Washington, according to a poll published on Wednesday.
And about 20
percent of Germans in all age groups hold this view, a survey of
1,000 people conducted for the weekly Die Zeit said.
It also said
68 percent of all Germans felt the media had not reported the full
truth behind the attacks, in which some 3,000 people were killed
when hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center and
After the September
11 attacks, there was an outpouring of sympathy from Germans for
the United States. Despite misgivings, Germany joined a military
campaign against the al Qaeda network that Washington blamed for
But as the United
States geared up for war against Iraq, relations soured bady as
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder expressed vocal opposition to the plans.
United States took strong offence at Berlin's attitude, Schroeder's
anti-war stance was popular in Germany and helped him to snatch
victory in last September's elections.
they believed that the U.S. government could have ordered the September
11 attacks itself, 31 percent of those surveyed under the age of
30 in the poll answered "yes", while 19 percent overall
gave the same answer.
Die Zeit said
widespread disbelief about the reasons given by the United States
for going to war in Iraq and suspicion about media coverage of the
conflict had fostered a climate in which conspiracy theories flourished.
is controlled," 17-year old Kenny Donaubaur was quoted as saying.
"You could see that in the Iraq war. It doesn't seem to me
thet you get the full truth."
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