11/9/2001: Christian fundamentalists hijackfour jetliners. They fly two into theTigris & Euphrates World Trade Towersin Baghdad, and a third into the ArabDefense Ministry in Riyadh. The fourthplane, believed to be bound for Mecca, isbrought down by its passengers. The UnitedArab States declares a War on Terror. Arabianand Persian troops invade the EasternSeaboard and establish a Green Zone inWashington, D.C. . . .
Summer, 2009: Arab Homeland Securityagent Mustafa al Baghdadi interrogatesa captured suicide bomber. The prisonerclaims that the world they are living in isa mirage-in the real world, America is asuperpower, and the Arab states are just acollection of "backward third-world countries."Other captured terrorists have beentelling the same story.
The gangster Saddam Hussein is conductinghis own investigation. And the headof the Senate Intelligence Committee-awar hero named Osama bin Laden-willstop at nothing to hide the truth. As Mustafaand his colleagues venture deeper into theunsettling world of terrorism, politics, andespionage, they are confronted with questionswithout any rational answers, andthe terrifying possibility that their world isnot what it seems.
Everyday we can see pictures of the unstable situation in Middle Eastern regions when we watch the evening news on TV.
Suicide bombing, the terror of al-Qaida but also anti-Islam debates have entered our world and are still dominating themes after 9/11. But The Mirage shows us a picture in which everything we know about 9/11 and of the events that followed in its aftermath is turned upside down.
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