In the wake of today's events, there has been a lot of debate and conjecture. The world it seems, is once again focused on Pakistan, with an evil eye.
He's dead, but the US wants to continue the war. For what reason? I have no idea. I guess the twisted Keynesian concept of war being beneficial to an economy might be used to sell it. The US is so addicted to war that it can't survive without a fix. Its like a drug addict. If it doesn't get war it gets uncomfortable and angry.
Apparently Bin Laden was found in a compound near a Pakistan Army base in Abbottabad. This is supposed to put pressure on Pakistan and its governmental agencies for literally having Osama under their noses for 10 years. (Abbottabad is roughly 30 miles from Islamabad, the capital.)
Read the description of the compound.
A senior US administration official said: "When we saw the compound, we were shocked by what we saw: an extraordinarily unique compound.". The building, about eight times the size of other nearby houses, had walls 4-6 metres (12-18ft) high, topped with barbed wire.
That kind of reminds me of another compound I've seen in Islamabad. Here's a picture.
The photographer was apparently not able to get any closer. You can see an SUV outside to compare the size of the walls. And I can tell you for a fact those walls are topped by razor wire not barbed wire. Guess what that is? The US embassy in Islamabad. Now why would a US official be shocked to see a building like that when he has probably seen this place?
But wait there's more! Here's an old picture of the one in Karachi. This picture shows the embassy under construction but it's done and (probably) occupied now.
By the way. There was a little mosque on that plot of land which they had to demolish. And by "they" I mean the Pakistani government who sold the land. Here's a picture of some our fearless leaders "breaking ground", content that they destroyed the masjid.
So it's really hard to understand how such a compound could possibly be shocking for someone who practically lives in one of them. There's nothing "unique" about it.
There are still a lot of questions left unanswered. The US dumping the body in the sea doesn't help either. Who identified the body? How was it confirmed that it was Bin Laden? Why, with all the world's sophisticated imaging equipment was not even one picture taken and shared with the public? What are they trying to hide? How did they know exactly where to look?
Besides this, where the heck was the Pakistan Army? Were they sleeping while this was happening? Or had they given tacit approval for this to happen? Who is to be held responsible for this obvious breach of sovereignty? Who allowed US Army goons to run amok on Pakistani soil. Osama or no Osama, nothing is an excuse for this breach. What next? Today they came for Bin Laden unchallenged. Tomorrow they will knock down your door.
There's no denying that there are certain "beneficial" results of this action. The US' decade long war, which has been losing popularity among Americans now has a "legitimate" reason. A poll conducted just last week showed that 53% of those polled were dissatisfied with Obama's handling of the war. He was also losing ground with those people who had voted him in office in the first place.
When news broke of Osama's death, out came the champagne in the US. See for yourself. A review of those poll numbers might be in order. No doubt Obama's popularity would improve after this event. His speech announcing the death, stresses that all the leadership actions were taken by him and him alone.
"I directed Leon Panetta,... I met repeatedly with my national security team ... I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action ... "
Give us a big smile Obama. Take a bow. The world is set to give another idiot the chance to play God for four more years.