In a move almost too bizarre to believe, two enemies have (at least in this one instance), unwittingly found themselves on the same page regarding a common adversary: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mirroring the sentiment of the U.S., al Qaeda is allegedly up in arms over the Iranian president's belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories.
It is far from secret that Ahmadinejad harbors deep disdain for America and has had no qualms telling the world that the September 11 attacks were in fact engineered by the United States government against its own people.
Now, in the most recent issue of "Inspire," -- New Mexico-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki's al Qaeda magazine -- a contributor wrote that Ahmadinejad appeared "ridiculous" for questioning who the masterminds and executors of the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people really were.
The glossy magazine western-style magazine also reportedly mocked the World Trade Center tower with a cover image showing it in silhouette using dollar signs to fill the image.
Yes, al Qaeda wants Ahmadinejad to stop asserting that the U.S. was behind 9/11 because they are all too happy to take the credit for the carnage -- which they have dubbed "The Greatest Special Operation of All Time" -- themselves, and do not want anyone, least of all a figurehead from the Islamic world, stealing their thunder.
The Telegraph shares what was written in Inspire:
"The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government," it said. "So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?"
"If Iran was genuine in its animosity towards the U.S., it would be pleased to see another
entity striking a blow at the Great Satan but that's not the case. For Iran, anti-Americanism is merely a game of politics," reads Inspire's article. "Iran and the Shi'a in general do not want to give al Qaeda credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America because this would expose their lip-service jihad against the Great Satan."
While the motivation behind the statements in Inspire are fairly obvious, the thought of al Qaeda backing up the U.S. in any way shape or form is bound to raise some eyebrows -- not to mention pulses.