Prime Minister Jean Chretien of Canada last night made a courageous
admission. In a TV interview broadcast to the nation he lambasted the 'west'
for its greed and suggested that it is this greed and arrogance that is
partly to blame for the 9/11 attacks. Tough words and I sadly predict he
will be taken care off; very soon.
U.S. partly to blame for attacks: PM
In TV interview, Chretien says perceived greed of the West an underlying
By Tim Harper
The Toronto Star
OTTAWA — The perceived greed of the Western world, including the United
States, is one of the underlying causes of the horrific terrorist attacks of
a year ago, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien says.
In an interview with CBC-TV, which aired last night, Chrétien said the
unchecked greed of the West made it lose sight of the consequences of its
actions 20 or 30 years into the future.
"I do think the Western world is getting too rich in relation to the poor
world,'' Chrétien said. "We're looked upon as being arrogant,
self-satisfied, greedy and with no limits. "The 11th of September is an
occasion for me to realize it even more.''
Power cannot be exercised to the point that it humiliates others, the Prime
Minister said in the documentary, in which he also revealed he authorized a
Korean passenger jet to be blown out of Canadian skies if it appeared bent
on heading for Vancouver or Toronto the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001.
History is full of stories of power that was not curbed, Chrétien said.
"There is a moment when you have to stop, a moment when you are very
powerful,'' he said.
Chrétien, who will speak to the United Nations in New York on Monday, said
he made the same point once before to an audience of Wall Street magnates in
New York who were complaining to him about Canada maintaining relations with
"I said: `When you're powerful like you are, you guys, this is the time to
be nice.' That's one of the problems. You cannot exercise your power to the
point of humiliation for the others," Chrétien said. "The Western world, not
only the Americans, but the Western world has to realize because they are
human beings, too.
"There are long-term consequences if you don't look hard at the reality in
10 or 20 or 30 years from now.''