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Why I Don’t Think The Swissair Flight 111 Crash Was An Act of Terrorism

By on 9.15.11 | 12:27PM

In July, when I was visiting my younger brother in Nova Scotia, we paid a visit to Peggy's Cove. It was not far from there that Swissair Flight 111 en route from New York to Geneva crashed in September 1998 killing all 229 passengers and crew aboard. A memorial was erected in honor of those who perished.

Now retired RCMP sergeant Tom Juby has come forward to say the crash might not have been an accident. Juby said, "There was sufficient grounds to suspect a criminal device on that plane." It has been noted that amongst those who died on the flight were a Saudi prince, a relative of the late Shah of Iran and several UN officials. Indeed, the flight was known as the "UN Shuttle."

Given those circumstances, I can understand why eyebrows would be raised. Yet there's one thing which makes me suspect that the crash was not an act of terrorism. No one took responsibility for it. When al Qaeda or Hezbollah carries out a terrorist attack they make sure the whole world knows that they did it. The objective of a terrorist attack is to cause terror in the civilian populace. You can't cause terror if the public believes a plane crash to have been an accident. So color me skeptical here.

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