Honestly, I was rather convinced that Osama bin Laden wasn’t alive. In Orwellian times, the sole remaining superpower desperately needs an arch villain in order to wage wars (at the moment two or even three). But bin Laden, dead or alive, was apparently no longer of any value. So, better to drop him into the sea.
So far, we haven’t seen pictures of his body (except photoshopped fakes). The area where he could hide for more than five years, a definitely upper class residential area in Abbottabad in Pakistan’s northeast, next to a military complex, is pretty much a sensation. It is not a foxhole as that of Saddam Hussein, who was captured in December 2003.
When addressing the American people and everyone elsewhere, President Barack Obama stated that
“The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad,and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.
Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” (Emphasis added.)
Meanwhile, many fear this nation which can do whatever it sets its mind to. Many are now afraid that triumphant U.S. might wage another war in retaliation, on Pakistan. It actually seems so as if parts of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, and its military have provided shelter for the ailing Prince of Terror. Of course, ISI denies.
No, Osama the loser had to be finished, once and for ever. There are other issues which have now to be addressed. The Arab Spring uprisings in more than half a dozen countries need full attention. Already dead or still alive, we probably won’t dig the truth about Bin Laden any more. The curtain has been drawn. And whistleblowers hopefully silenced.
Last modified May 3, 2011.