You are confusing revenues with net income.
It was merely an example to show that a number or quantity can be big without being a large percentage of the whole, either way you still seem to be defending the idea that 1 million people is not a lot, and even then this discussion is getting further off topic from my original point. Whether my point is actually true or not, a lot of people hold the view that Al Qaeda barely existed before 9/11 which I then tried to backup with news reports.
You might be shocked about how few people in the US know about IRA terrorism in the UK. That is one reason why Irish "charities" in the US have been so successful in funding the IRA over the years.
I would have been more than 10-years ago, but about then I discovered that the US populous was directly funding Irish Terrorists to the tune of about half of their yearly financial income - strangely this point is rarely mentioned, and no-doubt some would accuse the American people of funding terrorists (probably unwittingly) and they would not be wrong.
However that is an excelent point for explaining that people in certain areas of the world are afflicted by terrorist groups that dont really affect the rest of the world. e.g. the average American 20-years ago might have heard little bits of news about the IRA, but nowhere near as much as we in the UK did because it was directly affecting us. Likewise Al Qaeda or Bin Laden prior to the 11th of September didnt really feature in the mainstream news in the UK in the same way that it did in the USA. More examples can easily be given, ETA, Khmer Rouge and numerous others that dont affect us and are rarely mentioned, but have caused devestation and murdered huge numbers of people.
Not that many media had websites in 1999, and there have been many other spellings of Al Qaeda.
The number of websites with media at that time is of no importance to my searches as all of the searches were conducted withing exactly the same 12-month time period, as far as the spelling of Al Qaeda is concerned I got a single hit for the way I have been spelling it for years (seemingly in error as there is no U), if there are other ways of spelling it then feel free to educate me as to your findings, then we can add up all of the hits and lets see if we can get 100 hits..... this still pales in comparison to the number of hits for Osama Bin Laden thus re-affirming my point that Al Qaeda was a long way from being a household name.
But so what if Al Qaeda was not widely known or reported about back then? What are you implying, that the US made up Al Qaeda or falsely accusing them for the USS Cole or 9/11? That seems to be your tone.
Feel free to re-read all of my posts, I have not said that, but I have alluded to the fact that a lot of people around the world "believe" that to be the case, I am sure this is partly because of the very few mentions of Al Qaeda prior to 9/11, and then the very rapid (hours not days) accusations from the US government that Al Qaeda was behind it, and that was said with 90% certainty by many different people within the US government. If you put these 2 things together it is easy to see why many people then accused the US government of hiding something from the public - this then leads to accusations and conspiricy theories.
I do not believe that the US government masterminded the murder of thousands of its own civilians, that is unbelievable. However as the US government (as well as others) funded and armed the Mujahideen to fight the soviets in Afghanistan, some of those US funded guerilla fighters then ended up as members of Al Qaeda including Osama Bin Laden - at least some of the credit for this must be accepted by the US government - this is another weapon that the conspiricy theorists always point towards - the direct link between Osama Bin Laden and the US Government.
Again I must point out that I dont hold any of these points as true, but I feel that some are believed by a large number of Americans (not a large percentage), and those people also now have an additional conspiricy theory to add, that of Osama Bin Laden either being still alive having been captured by the US Government - which again I dont bel,ieve it to be true, but if it is I dont care how they are torturing the man.