Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
September 5, 2002
WAR: The Summer Wind

NY Post leads with the giga-bombshell headline: "9/11 Attacks: IRAQ KNEW." The story - based on a lawsuit quoting reports in the Iraqi media in the summer of 2001 - doesn't quite seem to have the goods, although it does have some intriguing details that I hadn't seen before:

"The suit cites an Iraqi newspaper columnist, who wrote on July 21, 2001, that bin Laden was thinking with the "seriousness of the Bedouin in the desert" about bombing the Pentagon and the White House, the suit claims. The author of the article, Naeem Abd Muhalhal, has been connected with Iraqi intelligence since the early 1980s, according to an associate. Muhalhal wrote that bin Laden was "insisting very convincingly that he will strike America on the arm that is already hurting" a possible reference to the 1993 WTC attack. The column, published in a newspaper based outside Baghdad, also said that bin Laden curses "the memory of Frank Sinatra every time he hears his songs" - presumably because of Sinatra’s classic "New York, New York." Saddam, who controls the Iraqi press with an iron fist, later congratulated the author for his "documentation of important events," according to Kreindler & Kreindler, a Manhattan law firm specializing in aviation-disaster litigation, which filed the suit."

Maybe bin Laden just didn't like "My Way."

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