Smoke billows from one of the towers of the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.
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A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the Saudi government has prompted reactions of outrage and ridicule among some in the Arab world. Many critics say the bill reinforces a long-held perception in the Middle East that the U.S. only demands justice for its own victims of terrorism, despite decades of controversial U.S. interventions around the world.Others support the bill, but point out that the U.S. is meanwhile backing an Arab-led intervention in Yemen that has led to the deaths of thousands of civilians there.Yemen-based lawyer Haykal Bafana said he's lost relatives and friends to Al-Qaeda attacks in Yemen and fully agrees with the legislation's intent of allowing lawsuits in U.S. federal courts against foreign countries for actions alleged to have contributed to acts of terrorism in the United States.Even so, outside the U.S. the bill could reinforce a widespread view in the world that the U.S. seeks to dominate and dictate rules to others, he added.
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