Osama bin Laden, hunted as the “alleged mastermind” behind the supposed terrorist attack on US soil, was reportedly killed Sunday, May 1, at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The US claims the attack was carried out by Joint Special Operations Command forces working with the CIA, who killed bin Laden after a firefight. The US also claims DNA testing confirm that it was bin Laden.
Pundits have already begun analyzing the implications and they turn initially on how this seminal event will be used to justify US policies and its so-called war on terror that have defined the recent past. While breaking the news to the media Sunday night, US President Barack Obama said this is not the end of the conflict and that “the cause of securing our country is not complete.”
This announcement signals a clear intention to vindicate the decisions of the past decade (read crimes committed against humanity in the name of war on terror) and continue on a similar course going forward in places such as Iraq where Washington continues to sow the seeds of discord among Sunnis, Shias and Kurds to justify the presence of its troops beyond the agreed withdrawal deadline of 2011.
In other words, Obama used the reported death of a single individual as a justification for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East. He also tried to find a kind of authorization for the so-called enhanced interrogations and extraordinary renditions.
It was thought that Osama bin Laden had died many years ago in the Tora Bora caves and only his legend lived on, but U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that the Al-Qaeda chief had been killed. So, now, it would appear both the man and the myth are dead.
In a pre-dawn attack in Abbottabad, a tourist resort 62km north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, U.S. operatives killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, nearly a decade after the United States launched a war on the people of Afghanistan using the pretext of capturing or killing the Al-Qaeda mastermind. The high-profile execution at this point in time raises many questions, but first, let us examine what actually happened on Monday morning in Pakistan and the importance of the location where the killing took place.
The Obama administration also has its hands full with this war started by his predecessor George W. Bush on the pretext of hunting down the Al-Qaeda chief, whom Bush accused of perpetrating the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.
Many people have always known that 9/11 was an inside job or at least fully facilitated by the CIA and the Pentagon in order to launch new wars against the Islamic countries to achieve multiple objectives. Besides attempts to destabilize the Islamic world by creating ethnic and sectarian divisions, territorial conflicts, and leaving a legacy of simmering disputes in the regions of Central Asia, Southwest Asia and North Africa, the wars were also intended to boost the sputtering American economy by first triggering the Military Industrial Complex into action and then starting a process of rebuilding the war-torn countries.
Moreover, U.S. involvement in the energy-rich regions is also meant to curtail the rise of Chinese economic power.