ہفتہ، 14 مئی، 2011
Did Obama really kill Osama?
The recent claim by US president, Barack Obama, of killing al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, has failed to provide any answer to the riddle of whether this notorious CIA-funded Saudi Arabian national was still alive, ten years after the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
As a matter of fact the alleged killing in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and the throwing of the corpse into the sea, almost a thousand kilometers away, without being displayed to reporters and forensic experts, has raised a host of questions, and is being seen around the world as another campaign of lies, deceit, treason and terror by Washington. Many believe that the person killed by the Americans was some luckless, homeless, hapless, street-dweller procured for the CIA by its agents in Pakistan, since the real Osama is either long dead, or if alive, is living in the US under a new name and a new face after a cosmetic surgery. Many point out that if the Americans were aware of Osama's movements and whereabouts, as they claim, then how come they did not capture him alive for an open trial that could have shed light on many a mystery including the highly suspicious incidents of September 11, 2001 in New York. Whatever the truth and realities, no sane person in the US or anywhere around the world, believes Obama's tall claim of killing Osama. Stay with us for an analysis in this regard.
Reports that Osama bin Laden was killed on the doorstep of the villa where he was allegedly living seemed so outlandish that conspiracy theories of nefarious US activities raced like wildfire through the quiet Pakistani town. Nestled in pine-dotted hills, the Bilal suburb of the relatively well-off garrison town of Abbottabad was the last place in Pakistan where people would ever imagine that the world's "most wanted" man was lying low. The first time they realised anything was wrong, the neighbours say, was when helicopters suddenly roared overhead in the dead of night, before loud explosions and then gunfire deafened the area. Frightened, they woke up. But it was only when they switched on the television that they heard Obama say Osama, with a $25 million price on his head, had been killed in their town.
Educated professionals went from astonished to incredulous to disbelieving, delving into conspiracy theories that run deep in Pakistan, fanned by widespread distrust of the Islamabad government's slavish attitude to the US.
Bashir Qureshi, who lives just a bean field away from where Osama bin Laden was supposedly shot, was dismissive of the US claim. The 61-year old said laughing: "Nobody believes it. We've never seen any Arabs around here. They (the US) said they had thrown his body to the sea! This is wrong, he was not here at all."
Even a policeman guarding the site was doubtful why he was there, and said: "I don't believe Osama was there. We were called to come at 3:00 am (2230 GMT Sunday) but we've seen nothing, the operation was already over".
Shakil Ahmed, who works for a pharmaceutical company, said he believed that the US desire to pull 130,000 occupation troops out of Afghanistan and wrap up a 10-year war against the Taliban was a motive for peddling lies. In the city of Lahore, a prominent cleric questioned the hasty burial. "It could create doubts and can trigger suspicions," said Mufti Ragheb Naeemi, whose father - Sarfraz Naeemi, an anti-Taliban scholar - was killed in a terrorist attack in Lahore in 2009.
Pakistani' Defence analyst Imtiaz Gul said conspiracy theories were only to be expected in a country where anti-Americanism is rampant, given that nobody had seen the body of the person killed, and that the nature of the covert operation raised so many questions.
"Unless Americans present proof, it will remain a subject of speculation," Gul said, "because things are not transparent."
"As nobody knew that Osama was living there, it raises many doubts like the Americans might have had him somewhere else and then brought him along in an Apache, he added.
Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana said the US used Osama to achieve its own ends and then discarded him. He had been utilized by the CIA to target the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. They trained him and his associates on terror tactics and heavily armed them. Once the US used him to achieve its own ends it slowly discarded him. Mowlana said:
The US and its allies would wish to have their agenda enforced as just, but liberal minded people would see how they behave on the world scene. He added: "We have seen what has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan and are seeing what is happening in Libya now. The mode of Justice cannot be defined by powerful nations."
It is worth noting that years ago Benazir Bhutto had said Osama was already dead. A 2007 Benazir Bhutto interview in which she says the al-Qaeda leader was 'murdered' years ago contributes to the uncertainty surrounding US claims about Osama bin Laden's death. In an interview following a failed assassination attempt on her in October 2007, Pakistan's former premier said bin Laden has already been killed. In the interview, she identified the man who killed the notorious al-Qaeda leader as one Omar Sheikh, excerpts of which was sent to Press TV.
In response to a question whether any of the assassins had links with the Pakistani government of General Pervez Musharraf, Bhutto said, "Yes, but one of them is a very key figure in security, he is a former military officer … and had dealings with Omar Sheikh, the man who murdered Osama bin Laden."
Many Pakistanis also believe that Osama had died of natural causes somewhere in the mountains of Waziristan.
But does the death of Osama bin Laden also mean the end of al-Qaeda as well? The hunt for Osama was overshadowed by dramatic events in the region. The invasion of Afghanistan and the toppling of the Taleban dragged the United States and its NATO allies into a long and frustrating war whose chapters are still unfolding. In 2003, two years after the invasion of Afghanistan, President George W. Bush used flimsy and fabricated evidence to invade and occupy Iraq, unleashing chaos and destruction on that country in a war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
Pundits and historians will spend many months and years debating Osama bin Laden for different reasons. He was a product of the last chapter of the Cold War, finding his mission handed to him by the CIA in the obscure terrains of Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation of that country. His story, the heir of an affluent business family, who was hired by the CIA to fight in Afghanistan against the Soviet infidels, is an intriguing one. His survival and success in commanding loyalty among fellow terrorists, eventually leading to the formation of al-Qaeda has never been investigated in full. His association with the Taleban, an extremist movement that took over Afghanistan in the late 1990s, is both dramatic and crucial to understanding why and how he turned against his masters, the Americans.
And the US claim that Osama masterminded the 9/11 incidents in New York in 2001, remains controversial to this day, and few believe it outside the US. In fact many Arabs and Muslims, not to mention Americans, don't really know who Osama bin Laden really was, and how from a remote country he could pull out one of the biggest and most elaborate attacks in the US without the collaboration of the CIA, Mossad, and FBI. Conspiracy theories about Osama will continue to multiply. Who was he really? Was he a pawn in a larger game plan, or was he a free agent with an ambitious scheme to change the world?
Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have transformed our world, but many would say for the worse, by providing the US and the Zionists with the propaganda to promote Islamophobia, racial profiling, and the like. And now that Obama claims to have killed Osama, where does that leave the US? Would it make the US leave Iraq and Afghanistan, after killing over a million innocent people, displacing several million others, and turning the two countries into economic disasters, still haunted by terrorists?
As Iran has made it clear, now when Obama says that he has killed Osama, then there is no justification for the US troops to stay any longer in either Afghanistan or Iraq.