Jordanian businessman Talal Abu Ghazaleh was recently interviewed by Decision Makers TV (UAE). Abu Ghazaleh, chairman and founder of the international Jordan-based organization, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, has founded many professional service firms in the fields of management, consulting, legal services, and information technology. In 2007, he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon as Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact. He also founded the Talal Abu Ghazaleh College of Business, a faculty of the German-Jordanian University. An expert in the field of intellectual property and accounting, Abu Ghazaleh has been dubbed the "godfather of Arab accounting" and was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2007.
He chairs numerous Arab and international committees and institutes, and is chairman of various UN committees and initiatives, including the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (since 2009).
Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on July 14, 2010.
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Talal Abu Ghazaleh: "[9/11] was not an Islamic operation, or Islamic terrorism. It was carried out by the Taliban. In this day and age, Zionist power controls the decision-making centers. I always say that just like us Arabs, the US is a victim of Zionist influence, which often – if not always – steers US decisions against American interests, and in keeping with Zionist interests at all times. [...]
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"This was an isolated incident, carried out by a group called the Taliban. It so happened that this incident evolved into 'Islamic terrorism' and 'Arab terrorism'... "
Interviewer: "And into global terrorism..."
Talal Abu Ghazaleh: "Right, and into 'the war against terror.' The entire language was distorted to make us talk about a 'war against terror.' A war is waged between two forces, two armies, two countries, two gangs. Who is the other side in the case of this war on terror?
"They had to create an enemy in order to fight it, and to have justice on their side, when they talk of the war on terror.
"Hence, global Zionism created the notion of an enemy called 'the terrorist Islam.' How come we do not talk about 'Catholic terrorism,' in the case of the war in Ireland? No one bothered to mention that these terrorist movements were catholic. How come we do not mention the religion of ETA in Spain and Europe?
"Only in the case of the Taliban is religion attached to [the movement]. This is an exception to what has been the rule throughout history. An accusation is leveled against a group that is the enemy of Zionism – because Zionism itself is the enemy of this group – and I refer to the Arab and Islamic nation.
"Therefore, to put it in an historical context, Zionism, which has been plotting all this time, came across an historic opportunity, and convinced the US administration that this was an opportunity for it as well.
"This is how it all began. This is how the war began. Now, the research centers – albeit quietly and in secret – realize that the US sank into this quagmire, as a result of the Jewish hatred for Americans. Whoever thinks otherwise – believing that the Zionist enemy loves America, and acts in its best interests – is wrong. [...]
"All the consequences of 9/11, as well as the preparations leading up to 9/11..."
Interviewer: "It had all been 'cooked up'..."
Talal Abu Ghazaleh: "Exactly. It was all colonialist-and Zionist-made." [...]