Execution of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. — Ezekiel 33:11

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice. — Proverbs 24:17

Christians “do not rejoice” over a death. — Vatican

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr

He may be dead, but in a way, he won. We gave up rights, passed Patriot Act, spent trillions on needless wars. Fear now rules us. — Michael Moore

Put your sword back in its place. For all who live by the sword shall perish by the sword. — Matthew 26:52

In Egypt, news of Osama Bin Laden killing is nowhere near as big as it is in US. Not a very relevant entity anymore here. — Sharif Kouddous

Like putting down a mad dog, the US has executed one of its own.

Less we forget, Osama bin Laden was created by the USA CIA, British MI6 and Pakistani ISI and funded by the Saudi Royal Family. Effectively the Americans have put down one of their own. Americans even wrote the terrorist training manuals that are used in the religious schools.

There was never any evidence Osama bin Laden was behind 9/11. The Taliban asked the Americans to provide evidence, they never did, instead they invaded the country.

Bill Clinton was happy to negotiate with the Taliban over pipeline routes, a price had even been agreed for transfer of oil and gas through the pipelines.

The Americans could have captured Osama bin Laden when they invaded Afghanistan. They let him escape as he was more use to them alive than dead.

Now that Saddam Hussein is dead and they have a new boggie man in Col Gaddafi, Osama bin Laden served no useful purpose.

Will the next executive order be to take out Gaddafi?

Pearl Harbour was allowed to happen to drag the US into WWII.

The Americans went into the Vietnam War because North Korea attacked a US Merchant Ship. The attack never took place.

The crazies behind George W Bush wanted a new Pearl Harbour. They got what they wanted. 9/11 was used to justify the war on Afghanistan and Iraq. Neither country had anything to do with the attack. The terrorists who carried out the attack were Saudis. 9/11 got a lame-duck president re-elected.

Following 9/11, one of the crazies Richard Armitage threatened to bomb Pakistan back into the Stone Age if they did not do what the US wanted.

The execution of Osama bin Laden will do wonders for the poll ratings of a lame-duck president. It has done wonders for stock markets too.

Who have they killed? We do not know as they have conveniently got rid of the body.

Why no body? Why no trial? Seems odd to carry the body away then dump at sea. Burial at sea is a tradition of mariners. If put on trial he would have talked. He knew too much.

Who has attended a Muslim funeral where the body is whisked away by helicopter and dumped at sea?

Pictures circulated purporting to show the dead bin Laden. These were very quickly exposed as fakes.

One has to admire the audacity of the operation. As the Americans flew out they did so as Pakistani jets were being scrambled.

We have been told for years that Osama bin Laden was holed up in a cave and from there he directed the world’s terrorist operations. Today we learn he has been living in a luxury fortified villa, not a stone’s throw from a prestigious Pakistani military academy, the equivalent of West Point or Sandhurst, an area with security checks.

A neighbour who walked by the house every day said Osama bin Laden did not live in the house. He said everyone who lives there knows who else lives there, and to emphasise his point said it is necessary to show ID to the army.

Was it Mark Twain who said my death has been much exaggerated?

Like Saddam Husein, Osama bin Laden knew too much. He had to be put down like a mad dog. One of their own gone rogue.

An excellent live press conference from the White House at 1400 Washington local time with John Brennan, White House Counter Terrorism Expert, taking questions. He confirmed the body had been disposed of, oops, buried at sea. He said pictures would be released within the next 24 hours.

Expect an immediate upsurge in violence and terrorism as his followers reap revenge. In the long term no difference. Autonomous operations. He was a figure head. Now they have a martyr.

Those who suffered from Islamic terrorism were not the West but the Muslim world. There has not been a mass of people out on the Arab streets denouncing the death of Osama bin Laden.

In Pakistan, terrorism is a minor irritant. A far bigger problem is corruption, grinding poverty and the lack of universal education. India carried out democratic reform post-independence, Pakistan still remains a feudal society.

Osama bin Laden had become an irrelevance. The people of the Middle East are pursuing a peaceful agenda, they want an end to dictatorships.

Osama bin Laden had (and note the past tense) the support of the Arab world because he stood up to US aggression. What the Arab world did not like was his methods.

How many innocent people were killed by the US trained and financed death squads operating in Central America?

How many innocent Palestinians have been killed by the terrorist state of Israel? Does this justify the Palestinians sending in a hit squad to liquidate the head of this terrorist state?

A Kenyan who lost the sight of both eyes in the Nairobi bombing said this was not a cause to celebrate in the street.

The execution of Osama bin Laden was akin to a gangland slaying.

The killing of Osama bin Laden does not make the world a safer place, any more than the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq has.

The only justification for the cold-blooded execution of Osama bin Laden is pragmatic, not judicial. Had he been put on trial there was the very real possibility of innocent people being held hostage and killed to try and force his release.

The biggest success of Osama bin Laden was the creation of al-Qaeda. He wanted to see the overthrow of corrupt regimes dancing to the tune of the West. This is starting to happen. He wanted to see the creation of a Caliphate. In this he failed miserably.

Brits celebrated a Royal Wedding, Yanks the killing of one of their own!

Very good coverage on Democracy Now! (2 May 2011). Also see John Brennan live presS conference from the White House (1400 Washington local time, 2 May 2011).

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5 Responses to “Execution of Osama bin Laden”

  1. Dr Pooja Tripathi Says:

    very well expressed post Keith
    n so true words written by Martin luther king
    love
    Dr Pooja

  2. keithpp Says:

    Bush apologists claim use of torture helped to locate Osama bin Laden. Not so says a former military interrogator.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/4/former_military_interrogator_matthew_alexander_despite

  3. keithpp Says:

    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is highly critical of the cold-blooded execution of Osama bin Laden. He says it leaves “a very uncomfortable feeling”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13291480
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383823/Archbishop-Canterbury-reveals-discomfort-killing-Osama-Bin-Laden.html
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8494852/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-Archbishop-of-Canterbury-criticises-White-House.html

  4. laineestreet Says:

    Please point out, Keith, that the few and I add extremely few, are celebrating in the streets. The greater amount of Americans,once again, are being blamed for the acts of some idiots. Do not label us as one. Make distinctions, please.

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