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Do you think you know who’s responsible for 9/11? Don’t answer until you’ve listened to legendary crooner Tony Bennett. ABC News:

American icon Tony Bennett took to the airwaves at Sirius Radio to promote his new album, “Duets II,” but it’s what he said about war, peace, terrorism, and who was to blame for the Sept. 11 terror attacks that could get people talking.

Sitting down with Howard Stern on Monday, the 85-year-old singer dodged questions about his sex life and prior drug use. He did so with a laugh, but matters about the U.S. military and 9/11 were fair game, and on these topics the Grammy winner held little back.

Beginning with his service in World War II, Bennett said that his experiences as a teenager in combat forever changed his position on war…

Stern then asked Bennett about how America should deal with terrorists, specifically those responsible for the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

“But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Bennett said.

In a soft-spoken voice, the singer disagreed with Stern’s premise that 9/11 terrorists’ actions led to U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” Bennett responded. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

So, okay, he’s a singer, not a historian. Still, you have to admit that he has no idea what he’s talking about.

Wow, Tony Bennett thinks he became rich and famous by singing for a bunch of terrorists. I want to buy a concert ticket right now, don’t you? I can’t wait to give this guy my blood money for his new album.

Incidentally, Bennett’s sometime-doppelganger Alec Baldwin missed the Emmys the other night, and originally it was speculated that he skipped it because they cut a hilarious Rupert Murdoch joke he wanted to tell, as he whined about on Twitter. But it turns out he really wanted to go to a Tony Bennett concert instead. Those two must have had a lot to talk about backstage, given that they both have rather unusual ideas about the causes of 9/11.

(By the way, did you notice the words inside quotation marks up there? That’s to indicate they’re the words of someone other than the author. Just thought I’d note that, since we’ve got a lot of visitors here today from Gretawire. Welcome!)