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It’s all confirmed now, Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist leader who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks was killed by “U.S. Assets” in Pakistan. In a mansion. That’s right. He wasn’t in a cave, he wasn’t hiding in a hole he dug in the ground. He was cold-kicking it in a mansion.
This infuriates me to no end. How many billions of dollars in aid have we given to Pakistan over the last ten years? The assumption was that the Pakistani government was doing everything in its powers to help us find Bin Laden. Now, I wasn’t there, and I certainly don’t know for sure, but how in the holy living fuck did he end up living in a mansion in Islamabad?
For those not up on their Pakistani geography, Islamabad is Pakistan’s capital city. How does that happen? That’s one hell of an ally we had there in Pakistan. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
To be fair, perhaps the Pakistani military just now figured they should Google Maps search for “Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan.” Or maybe the CIA figured they should take a taxi across town to the other set of mansions in Islamabad. There could be all kinds of completely ridiculous explanations for the most wanted man showing up in a mansion in our supposed ally’s capital city, so maybe I’m being too harsh.
Throwing gas onto the fire is the fact that we were duped into going to war in Iraq, costing trillions of dollars and thousands of lives because of the alleged link between Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Maybe Bin Laden wasn’t always living in his mansion. After all, I’m sure he had to go out into the country side to shoot his videos to release to the world. Although maybe his mansion had a green screen studio to fake all that stuff too.
Outside of all that there’s the frustration that comes out of the fact that we assassinated Bin Laden. Would it have not been much better to put him on trial? One of the most tragic aspects about the end of the European combat in World War II was that Hitler took the easy way out and killed himself, never having to publicly account for his crimes against humanity.
Did we not give Bin Laden the easy way out in killing him? What is the point of a hunting a man down for 10 years only to kill him before he stands trial? If we are to believe that our country’s duty is to spread democracy and justice, why didn’t we arrest Bin Laden and subject him to a trial, much like the Nazi criminals at the Hague?
This is all a very jaded point of view, admittedly. But ultimately, we have to ask ourselves what effect this will have on our lives going forward, and at what cost we get this effect. The fact that we were either in bed with a completely incompetent ally or a duplicitous one is further evidence that so much of our post 9/11 response was mishandled.
Lastly, the most irritating part of all this is that now the idea of cutting money from the Defense budget will be compared to treason again. We’ll be told that it’s insane to suggest we cut the money we spend on Defense because “Look! We got Osama Bin Laden! That’s money well spent.” So the Military Industrial Complex will just continue to be the financial black hole that trillions of dollars are dumped into every year.