Monday, 2 May 2011

Bin Laden Dead - Now The Questions Begin

Imagine the look on his face when he finds out he'll only get 72 raisins...

So Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan. He was found living in a custom-built mansion in an area where former Pakistani Army officers like to retire.

Questions are instantly raised:

1) Given the above information, is anyone going to insist that at least some major Pakistani authorities did not know that bin Laden was there? And if we accept that they did, what do we do about Pakistan? Such news would on a grand scale, after all, vindicate David Cameron, who caused controversy last July when he stated that some of the Pakistani authorities were in cahoots with the Taliban.

2) Why, according to this AP report, did the US ensure that bin Laden's body was disposed of "according to Islamic practice"? Wouldn't this be a bit like "respecting" Adolf Hitler's final wishes after World War II? And why perform this act of reverence for bin Laden's religious beliefs anyway when President Obama stated explicitly following his death that Osama was not a Muslim at all?

3) How soon will it be before the Muslim world goes apeshit in the thousands or even millions over this murder of a great mujahid, and when that happens, what defense mechanisms will our leaders use this time to continue to justify their delusions that bin Laden was only supported by a tiny minority of extremists?

4) So Osama is dead. Now what are we going to do about the religious texts that inspired him?

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