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Poll sees spies behind September 11

More Greeks believe that the September 11 attacks in the USA were the work of the American or Israeli secret services rather than that of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda group, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday. A nationwide survey conducted by Opinion pollsters on behalf of Eleftherotypia daily found that 29.6 percent of respondents attribute the strikes to the Saudi millionaire’s group. But 35.9 percent of Greek adults polled between October 26 and November 6 laid the blame on the CIA, the Israeli Mossad or some of their less well-known sister groups. Some 28.2 percent named the US secret services, while 7.7 percent indicated Israeli intelligence. There was also a 1.9 percent who pointed the finger at extreme left-wing Americans. And an overall 4.2 percent suspected US ultra right-wingers. While 8.9 percent suggested unspecified Arab terrorists, 16.9 percent professed ignorance. Asked for their opinion on the American and British bombing of Afghanistan, most people said they disagreed, with almost 62 percent saying the attacks were no way to effectively tackle terrorism. Only 16.9 percent saw the war as an act of defense by the USA, and 61.4 percent agreed with the suggestion that it is being waged to serve powerful Western interests. Another 67.3 percent subscribed to the belief that no war against terrorism can be justified unless injustice and poverty, which give birth to terrorism, are first eradicated.