Reuters reports on a poll of residents in 17 countries about who was really behind the 9/11 attacks, despite the fact that Al Qaeda leader "Osama bin Laden has boasted of organizing the suicide attacks by his followers using hijacked commercial airliners."
The (no-so-surprising-but-still-disturbing) results? 9/11 troofer and homeless-man impersonator and former Gov. Jesse Ventura (I-Minn.) is in tune with residents of many parts of the world, including Mexico, where he lives part of the year:
On average, 46 percent of those surveyed said al Qaeda was responsible, 15 percent said the U.S. government, 7 percent said Israel and 7 percent said some other perpetrator. One in four people said they did not know who was behind the attacks….
In Europe, al Qaeda was cited by 56 percent of Britons and Italians, 63 percent of French and 64 percent of Germans. The U.S. government was to blame, according to 23 percent of Germans and 15 percent of Italians.
Respondents in the Middle East were especially likely to name a perpetrator other than al Qaeda, the poll found.
Israel was behind the attacks, said 43 percent of people in Egypt, 31 percent in Jordan and 19 percent in the Palestinian Territories. The U.S. government was blamed by 36 percent of Turks and 27 percent of Palestinians.
In Mexico, 30 percent cited the U.S. government and 33 percent named al Qaeda.
The only countries with overwhelming majorities blaming al Qaeda were Kenya with 77 percent and Nigeria with 71 percent.