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The Strange Death of Osama Bin Laden.

posted 5 May 2011, 07:56 by Admin uk

The Strange Death of Osama Bin Laden. May 2nd 2011


U.S. President Barak Obama proudly proclaimed that the number one global terrorist Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2nd. Thousands of jubilant Americans took to the streets in a celebration of this decisive victory in the war on terror. What followed this grand and historic announcement was somewhat less assuring.


More than 24 hours after the event not a single shred of evidence has been released. The U.S. media reported that Bin Laden’s body was taken to Afghanistan, where DNA samples were taken, then the body was flown to an aircraft carrier in the Gulf. There it was washed down according to Islamic custom and cast into the sea. Officials reportedly claimed it would be difficult to find a nation that would take the remains.


According official U.S. sources the DNA tests confirmed 99.9% that the body was that of Bin Laden. This might have been a slip of the tongue, if not, it is not at all convincing. DNA fingerprints are accurate to one in a billion, i.e 99.9999999% a million times more precise than the 99.9% claimed.


Then there is the matter of credulity. Why would US crack forces attack Bin Laden’s compound, kill him and ‘secure his body’, then within a few hours, the President gives the order to throw the corpse into the sea?


US news outlets explained that US forces wanted to abide by ‘Islamic custom’ and bury the body within 24 hours. Islamic custom does allow for burial at sea, for example when someone dies at sea and the body is decomposing rapidly and cannot make the shore. But in this case the body was taken on two flights from Pakistan to Afghanistan, and from Afghanistan to the Gulf, before it reached a US aircraft carrier. Why not bury him an unmarked grave as U.S. forces did with Che Guevara? Indeed it is the Wahabi Islamic tradition that all burial sites, even those of princes be devoid of all ornamentation. So there is no basis to claim it might have become a shrine. U.S. officials are claiming that no country offered to have him, but one can be sure that the Afghan government would have had no say in the matter had the U.S. chosen to bury him at a secret location in the country.


Why the haste to bury anyway? Saddam Hussein’s sons were kept for 11 days before they were released for burial, so why was so much lavish attention paid to Bin Laden’s funeral rites? Why was the body disposed of half a day after securing it? Surely the autopsy required more time?


Leaving so many questions open, inevitably means that millions around the world will look sceptically on the story of Bin Laden’s capture and killing. Given that he has made no tapes or videos for a long time, many will think he may have already been dead for some time.


It will be no wonder if conspiracy theorists have a field-day with this story. The only way to convince people of Bin Laden’s death would be for the body to be recovered from the spot by divers, followed by a complete and independently verified autopsy. Surely all humankind have the right to know the true fate of the most infamous criminal in history?


If the evidence is forthcoming and compelling, then the death of Bin Laden probably marks the end of an era of Jihadist terror. This era began in the 1980s, at that time the U.S. sponsored a war on Afghanistan’s former Pro-Soviet Regime. Terrorists, called ‘freedom fighters’ (including Bin Laden himself) were sent to ‘fight communism’. They were backed by Saudi finance, U.S. and British weapons and training, and they had the direct support of the Pakistani Intelligence Services (ISI). When these allies of the West took power in Afghanistan they wrought horrors on the Afghani people and the world.


The compound where Bin Laden was said to be hiding when he was killed, is located close to the home of the elite military training centre of the Pakistani Army. The Pakistani army hold the decisive levers of power in the country. It is almost impossible to imagine that Bin Laden could have lived there without the support and protection of a significant section of the local military and the elite of the ISI.


The ISI have very close ties to sections of the Taliban and terrorist forces inside Pakistan and Afghanistan. A battle for power is brewing between India and Pakistan over who will play the dominant role in controlling Afghanistan after US forces leave. Seen in this light perhaps the killing of Bin Laden will serve as an adequate justification for US withdrawal. This in turn may lead to the regionalisation of the Afghan conflict.