Since beginning their occupation of Palestine, Israeli hawks have wanted to rid Palestine of the Palestinians. However, as long as Palestinians remained in the occupied territories, an Iraqi missile strike that would kill more Palestinians than Israelis was kept at bay. So long as Iraq possessed a capacity to develop WMDs, it would be impossible for Israel to eliminate the Palestinians. Thus, control of Iraq facilitated Israel's ultimate desire to completely evict the Palestinians.
How did 9/11 fit into the Iraq-Israel scenario? It provided the clarion call for the so-called war against terrorism. Without 9/11, the US had no excuse for invading Afghanistan. The battle against Al-Qaeda and bin Laden was the precursor to the invasion of Iraq; and the trumped up connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda provided the excuse for invading Iraq.
Considering again the question “who benefited from 9/11?” it becomes perfectly clear that Israel alone had reason to plot and execute the disaster that hit The World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and the four flights involved in that fateful day in 2001.
Israel, however, couldn't possibly have executed such a plan without help from the US authorities. Who would provide the means for accomplishing that genocidal goal?
The process of elimination leaves only the Zioncon (i.e. Zionist neo-cons – a term created by James Petras) civilian leaders of the Pentagon who were secretive enough to keep their plans under wraps. To violate the top-secret code of silence would be cause for trial and a death sentence for treason, if not to an assassination made to look like a suicide.
The Pentagon was the only body that could have kept the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) from performing its duty to scramble fighter jets to intercept the hijacked planes on 9/11. They could have stopped the hijacked jets from performing their mission. They didn’t.
Leading civilians in the Pentagon figured among US leaders serving Israel. Zioncons Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith were more devoted to Israeli interests than to those of America. At best, they acted as "dual loyalists".
What remains is not as improbable as it might have looked at first. What remains are Pentagon Zionists with a motive. Combine that with the history of deception of both Mossad and the American Zioncons and with a proven willingness to sacrifice American lives for their causes.
There's no reason to believe that the Arabs involved in the hijacking, who were not the expert flyers with the skills required to accomplish the flying feats of 9/11, had a clue about where they would end up in planes pre-programmed and guided by remote control. All the hijackers had to do was lose guidance to ground control in the hands of the Pentagon Zioncons.
Since the supposed Arab hijackers couldn't even fly small planes solo, according to their flight instructors, and since remote control devices had proven effective, the only conclusion remaining is: 9/11 was planned and executed by Mossad and the Zioncons to justify military action in the Middle East for the major beneficiary, Israel.
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more information, see http://www.pballes.com. This article is based on a more detailed study of 9/11 written in 2003 and available here.