Today a US court has claimed that the 9/11 terrorists had links to Iran.
The court has won a default judgement that Iranian officials, including its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were complicit in the Twin Towers attacks. It maintains that the terrorists who carried out the attacks were helped by those in Iran.
This decision was reached in a lawsuit brought by the families and loved ones of those who died in the Twin Towers. There was no legal representation by those accused in Iran.
OPINION: Whilst this may be true it is to be hoped that conflict with Iran is not being contemplated. A powerful country, waging a war would be disastrous for the World.
9/11 was a terrible event. America's iconic Twin Towers fell at the hands of terrorists changing the New York skyline forever. The tragedy also affected many people's lives. All in all a dreadful act of terrorism.
After the event the hunt for those responsible was on. America needed someone to pay for this act. A war was launched on Afghanistan, and then Iraq, supposedly in order to pinpoint terrorist group Al Qaeda's leader Osama Bin Laden; Thousands of people lost their lives in these wars, including many military personnel from countries around the world and America.
_Remember that it is not only Middle Eastern people who have supported terrorism in the past. The so called "Troubles" in Northern Ireland resulted in many innocent deaths in Ireland and on the mainland of Great Britain. Irish terrorists received arms and money from many sources, including the USA.
When Colonel Gaddafi wanted to attack the UK his regime supplied weapons to the Irish rebels. Many Americans, some with Irish ancestry also aided the Irish terrorists It is a fact of life that this happens still in other countries. America is happy to support insurgents went it suits. It may choose to label them as freedom fighters but it is all about perception.
Whilst it is deplorable that people and regimes offer support to terrorist groups, seeing such help as something less disruptive when it suits will not wash.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog