9/11 Families and Russia Have One Common Goal: Fighting Terrorism

Ron Wieczorek

Terry Strada Briefs Danish National TV on Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11

Sept. 13 (EIRNS)—Terry Strada of 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, was interviewed on Sept. 11 by Danish Radio’s main evening TV news program about her fight to expose the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks. The anchorman preceded the interview by reporting about Biden’s decision to declassify documents related to the FBI investigation of the Saudi role in 9/11. Filmed at Ground Zero, with a clip from one of Strada’s press conferences, she told reporter Lillian Gjerulf Kretz about her husband, Tom, dying in the World Trade Center, and his last panicked phone call to her, and said: “Every single administration since 9/11 has protected the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the interests of the American people and the 9/11 families.”Kretz said that Mrs. Strada and a number of other families have brought pressure to release the secret documents from an investigation which they believe will lead to Saudi Arabia. Strada said: “We believe we know that there had to be a support network put in place prior to the attacks.” Kretz remarked that the 9/11 Commission had stated that there was no proof that the Saudi government supported al-Qaeda and the attack, to which Strada replied that the Commission was never given the time or resources to investigate the Saudis.Kretz: For decades, shifting presidents have held the documents secret, in reference to national security, but now Biden has ordered them to be released.Strada: We finally have a government which says that you can’t use excuses which don’t fit the criteria.Kretz: Now, Strada is waiting for the release of thousands of documents, and believes that they will give the answers that the families have sought for 20 years.Strada: To shine the light on the truth, is what we have always wanted. It’s about shutting down that pipeline of money. [mr_]

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Russia shares America's grief over 9/11 attacks & is ready to partner with Washington to fight terror, Moscow's ambassador says

US and Russian flags are seen in front of Russian-sculpted ‘To the Struggle Against World Terrorism’ monument honoring 9/11 terrorist victims in Bayonne, New Jersey © RT / Handout

Follow RT onThe Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov sent a message to those attending a memorial event for the victims of 9/11 at the Tear of Grief memorial, adding that sorrow over the tragic loss of life is shared by both nations.

Numerous memorial events have been held over the weekend marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that left nearly 3,000 dead and spurred the military effort in Afghanistan, which only recently came to an end. 

On Sunday, an event was held in New Jersey at the Tear of Grief monument, which was created by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. First responders from the area and New York attended, as well as Russian Consulate General employees from New York, and numerous others. Antonov shared a message with those attending, saying Russia has felt “solidarity” with the US’ grief over that day for the last 20 years. 

“Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first world leader to call his American colleague, George W. Bush, after those terrorist attacks,” the ambassador said, noting that among the victims of 9/11, some were “Russians and immigrants from the former USSR.”ALSO ON RT.COM‘Smell of metal & flesh was so strong you could taste it’: 9/11 RT witness says it took him 20 years to watch the footage he shot

Antonov called terrorism a “common global threat” and appeared to push back against the current anti-Russia sentiments held by some in the US political establishment.

“Any attempts to create isolated ‘islands of security’ in the modern interconnected world are ephemeral and doomed to failure,” he said. “The victory over terrorists can be achieved only through joint efforts of the entire international community. There is no place for carelessness and double standards in this regard. It is unacceptable to divide terrorists into the good and the bad.”

Tsereteli’s Jersey monument is one of many in the US memorializing the tragic events of 9/11 and its numerous victims. The Moscow-based sculptor had watched the events of that day unfold on television, as many Americans did, and he made his way to Ground Zero in a matter of weeks and dedicated himself to creating the monument, which is actually called ‘To the Struggle Against World Terrorism’, but more commonly referred to as the Tear of Grief or Tear of Sorrow. It is a forty story-high statue that features a teardrop falling in a crack in the statue. 

The monument was dedicated on September 11, 2006, and Putin called it “a gift” to the US “from the people of Russia.”

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