Tony Bennett, the legendary American jazz singer, has apologised for suggesting the United States caused the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York. During an interview on Howard Stern's radio show, Bennett attacked his country's foreign policy and questioned who the real terrorists in the tragedy were.
Speaking on Sirius XM, 85-year-old Bennett said, "Two wrongs don't make a right", referring to the U.S wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, adding, "They flew the plane in, but we caused it. Because we were bombing them, and they told us to stop . Who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists, or are they the terrorists?" After a wave of criticism for the remarks, Bennett offered an apology on his Facebook page, saying, "I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country.I am so grateful to be an American". The singer, who fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S infantryman, claimed he was "proud to fight to protect" his country's values, adding, "There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country".
Bennett's initial interview with Stern was in promotion of his new album 'Duets II', which hit shelves on Tuesday (20th September 2011). The record features collaborations with Lady GaGa and the late British singer AMY WINEHOUSE.