Osama bin Laden Killed in May Day Blaze of Glory?
Don’t you believe it; Pakistan is the Target.
• Abbottabad is a military town; the location of one of the largest, if not the largest Pakistani military bases, including a military college and
alleged nuclear weapon installation. NATO, Taliban, Pakistani, Indian, Chinese and even Israeli military keep close tabs on this area.
• In the aftermath of the Ramond Davis debacle and the continued Drone attacks, the ISI and Pakistanis in general are none too happy with the CIA.
Recently an anti-CIA sit-in demonstration blocked NATO supply lines through the area for two days, proving to NATO how vulnerable those supply lines
• Mainstream media photographs of bin Laden’s corpse have been circulating the web for two years.
• The war on terror needed a boost.
• President Obama’s approval ratings needed a boost and now Obama’s reelection campaign can kick off with a bang, leaving General Petreus
choking on his dust.
• Burials at Sea are not normal Muslim practices, and the nearest sea to perform said burial is 1100 Kilometers away.
I received a phone call from a friend who grew up in Pakistan (for the sake of anonymity; I’ll refer to him as Abid) who wanted to discuss the news
coverage about the death of Public Enemy Number One, which was a’ breathless Twitter all over the world. We both agreed it was a clumsy propaganda
escalation in the War on Terror, which shouldn’t be confused with the War on the Middle Class; though they’re the same thing even if your middle
class doesn’t know it yet.
Abid brought a deeper, local insight to the matter, and before he called, he sent me this email:
“I grew up in Abbottabad!! You listening to news?... they say they got OLB from Abbottabad, and then buried him in Sea according to Islamic
law!!! That’s the first time I have heard of that law…”
No, actually, I hadn’t been listening to the news…I stopped listening to the mainstream news about a decade ago; so I browsed over to CNN.com to
see what the buzz was; and sure enough, they were claiming Osama Bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals and his body was dumped into the sea. I skipped
over to Yahoo, Fox and the New York Times…indeed; all the major mouthpieces were speaking in the same tongues; just as I was starting to digest the
geopolitical implications and the timing of this news, phone rang; with Abid laughing on the line.
“Are you celebrating?” he asked.
“Of course” I told him. “This means we’re going to withdraw from Afghanistan, right?”
We were both joking, but it wasn’t funny. Abid has family in Pakistan, as well as family in the Pakistani Military, and he and his family and
friends, among whom I count myself, were under the impression bin Laden, or at least the bin Laden role, had been dead for many years. I can recall
several reports of his passing in years gone by, so this time it seemed too desperate and farcical a story even for mainstream media, but there they
were, sporting the same Photo shopped image that had been circulating the web for two years.
After we joked and laughed maybe a little too loudly at the spectacle of our normal every-day propaganda morphing into some over-caffeinated
Washington speech-writer’s version of a Hollywood B movie-script, surely to star Chuck Norris, Abid proceeded to explain the machinations behind the
scenes shown on the TeeVee.
Abbottabad is a small town compared to Karachi or Islamabad; it hosts a military academy and a nuclear armed military base; the largest in Pakistan.
The city itself is crawling with retired and active-duty military and ISI Brass, and everyone knows everyone else. He stressed there was no way OBL
could have been hiding a mile away from the military academy without everyone in town knowing it.
“And that’s the point”, he said. He may be right about that; Pakistan appears to be being set up for a fall.
On Tuesday, the ISI said it is extremely embarrassed by its intelligence failures, which enabled bin Laden to live, for 5 years, in the sprawling
compound in Abbottabad, home to many retired military and intelligence figures and just a mile from the gate of the Pakistan Military Academy.
Musharraf said he's glad bin Laden is gone and that news of his death was a good day for “peace-loving people,” but warned the Taliban is
Pakistan's biggest threat now -- a Taliban that was trained by Al Qaeda.
So the ISI claims to be embarrassed about this, but I don’t know why, and I’m hoping the irony isn’t lost on the reader. Here we have the guy
who was credited for leading an operation that penetrated the heart of the US Military in 2001, thereby spawning a few predictable retaliatory wars,
who was allegedly killed while hiding in a compound within the heart of Pakistan’s Military? Honestly, who writes this stuff? These are nuclear
armed militaries we’re referring to here, so why the ruse of incompetence? Who would believe anyone could waltz into either the Pentagon or
Abottabad without being assisted by their respective militaries?
There is speculation that the ISI and the Pakistani Military were hoping to defuse retaliation from extremists by floating the incompetence and
embarrassment angle, but all they managed to do was display their duplicity and expose their incompetence at covering up their complicity. If I can
figure this out, I’m guessing the Taliban did by 2002, so again, why the ruse? Who’s this message for?
Lets don’t forget Raymond Davis, the CIA stooge who killed a couple ISI agents in broad daylight and got away with it; the ISI is allegedly not very
happy about that, but who knows what to believe regarding the interactions between spooks. For all we know Ray Davis was ordered to execute those men
when and where he did just so the ISI would appear to be having a conflict with their handlers at the CIA. Of course, with the OBL compound being
coddled and protected by the ISI for five years, I don’t see how far that story can fly with the Taliban, so I can only conclude the intended
audience for that propagandistic petard was the home crowd back in the USA, because even the arrogant Pakistani governing class, always ready to bolt
to their safe houses and Swiss bank accounts, must realize average Pakistanis can smell Texas Bull# miles away.
Already the people of Pakistan have paid a heavy price thanks to America’s War on Terrorism, having lost 34,000 souls to terrorism and drone attacks
since 2004, not to mention 64 Billion dollars have been wasted, and the economy of the Northwest Pakistan has been devastated. By using their own
rationale for invading, namely revenge for 911, the US no longer has a reason to stay and the Pakistani people have every good reason to press this
Abid reminded me of the regular NATO unmanned drone strikes on funerals and wedding parties, something the Pakistani civilians are as sick of as any
civilians can be. He mentioned Imran Khan the ex-cricket champion and current chairman of the political organization Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, who
organized a demonstration against these attacks just last week, which according the western press, drew 2000 protestors and briefly interrupted the
NATO supply lines passing through the area..
However, according to Abid, the anti CIA sit-in actually drew up to 200,000 and successfully shut down the NATO supply lines for two full days.
Without the Pakistani supply lines, NATO operations only have 15 days’ worth of supplies before they are at the mercy of the locals; and with 70
percent of NATO’s supplies coming through Pakistan, the message is clear; Pakistani civilians can stop the Afghan war whenever they wish. Despite
the apparent willingness of the Pakistani press to ignore these implications, they are not lost on the civilians, and they were certainly not lost on
In the aftermath of the OBL operation Kahn articulated the obvious by saying that NATO now has no reason to stay in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and
offered questions regarding the OBL operation:
In a statement released to the press here today, the PTI Chairman Imran Khan stated that the OBL operation is still shrouded in mystery. A number
of critical questions remain unanswered to separate facts from fiction including:
1. Under whose authority and under what law were the US Special Forces allowed to conduct a major operation deep inside Pakistan’s territory as
claimed by the US President?
2. Was this a joint operation or the Pakistan authorities acted as mere bystanders in their own country? If OBL was indeed located inside a
compound in Abbottabad, why did Pakistan’s security agencies not take action and, instead, allow the US to breach our sovereignty?
3. Why has the government not shared any details of the helicopter that reportedly crashed during the OBL operation including information about the
nationalities of those on board and their fate?
4. In whose custody are the individuals arrested from the scene of the operation as reported by the international media? The PTI demands that the
arrested persons must be put on trial in Pakistan and they should have access to due process of law. Their open trial and access to due process of law
would lend the requisite moral authority to isolate extremism.
5. Why was the body of OBL allowed to be airlifted out of the country and reportedly buried at sea without due process of law as his alleged body was
These questions answer themselves, and once answered, the questions of NATO supply and the timing of the OBL operation become more difficult to
ignore. The people of Pakistan were sick of drone attacks, and were threatening to shut down NATO supply lines to make them stop, and they did just
that just last week. In the wake and the awareness of that demonstration of people power, powerful people began to wonder what bargaining chip
Pakistan would have if they permanently shut down those supply lines; what would the Pakistani people require of their corrupt military to stop
continued drone attacks? For a Pakistani military deeply intertwined with the CIA and US Military, by posing as at least incompetent, or at worst
complicit with Osama bin Laden, it gave the US a reason to take matters into their own hands. The ISI allowed the US to cross the Rubicon, and no one
thinks it will stop there.
The Pakistani people now see the US army’s sights trained on them, and Abid and I weren’t laughing anymore. After a pause, I attempted a weak
diversion: “Of course this will help Obama’s reelection campaign”.
“Yeah” he replied, “And this will hurt Petreaus at the same time:”
“Hmm”, I muttered, “they’re nothing if not efficient”.
After a longer silence, Abid said something that surprised the jaded cynic in me:
“You know, I really like American people because I find them more genuine than Pakistani people, believe me, I mean it! "
"But I hate the fact the majority of the American people take MSM’s and Government’s words for the face value. I really hope that peace can
prevail and innocent people do not have to die…”
Amen to that Brother, Amen and Assalamu alaikum
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