War & Peace
Tony Bennett Apologizes For Speaking Truth about 9/11
Singing legend Tony Bennett has apologized for comments he made about terrorism and 9/11 on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show on Monday.
According to ABC News, Stern asked the 85-year-old icon, a World War II veteran and avowed pacifist, how he would deal with the terrorists responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, DC.
“But who are the terrorists?” Bennett retorted. “Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Then, when Stern asserted that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were the reason for the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, Bennet quietly disagreed. “They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” he responded. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”
It is unclear who Bennet meant “we were bombing,” but that gaffe aside, he was spot-on.
ABC News reports that Bennet has now apologized for his controversial comments. Appearing on “The View”, he read from a prepared statement that said: “I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world,” he said. “Nobody loves America more than I do,” he added.
A post on his Facebook page said: “There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country.”
Since 9/11, the US has invaded, occupied or bombed Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan and Syria. Estimates of the number of people killed in those countries range from the hundreds of thousands to over a million.