Support for 9/11 Conspiracy Claims Grows in Iran

By Patrick Goodenough|CNS News

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, September 23, 2010. (AP Photo)

Shrugging off President Obama’s condemnation of his 9/11 conspiracy allegations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is drawing support from a majority of Iranian lawmakers and a top military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader.

Ahmadinejad returned home Saturday from his headline-grabbing visit to the U.N. General Assembly and complained about having been “insulted” by Obama for merely having “posed one simple question.”

The “question” he raised, during his address Thursday at U.N. headquarters – just a few miles from Ground Zero – was the charge that “some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime.”

“The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view,” Ahmadinejad added.

The remarks prompted delegates from the U.S. and several dozen other countries to walk out, although most kept their seats and some applauded afterwards.

Almost 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 when 19 al-Qaeda terrorists seized passenger planes and flew two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City and a third into the Pentagon. A fourth plane went down in rural Pennsylvania after passengers confronted the hijackers.

Obama on Friday described Ahmadinejad’s comments as “hateful” and “offensive.”

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