Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Details of raid on bin Laden compound unfold

As expected, more details are coming out from the raid that ended Osama bin Laden's reign of terror. CNN: Details of raid on bin Laden compound unfold  (and by the way, gotta love that URL..  bin.laden.dead  - ed)

A few comments on some of the excerpts..
In all, said the U.S. official who sought anonymity, five of the approximately two dozen people in the compound were killed -- the two couriers, the woman, bin Laden and his son.

... But the Taliban have questioned the assertion. "Obama has not got any strong evidence that can prove his claim over killing of the Sheikh Osama bin Laden," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed said. "And secondly, the closest sources for Sheikh Osama bin Laden have not confirmed" the death, he added.
Well, seeing that the closest sources for Sheikh Osama bin Laden happen to be the two couriers who were killed along with bin Laden, that isn't very surprising.  Deal with it.  It was the will of Allah that made the sheikh fish food. And this...

In a Washington Post column, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari expressed satisfaction "that the source of the greatest evil of the new millennium has been silenced, and his victims given justice" and defended his country's actions.

"Some in the U.S. press have suggested that Pakistan lacked vitality in its pursuit of terrorism, or worse yet that we were disingenuous and actually protected the terrorists we claimed to be pursuing. Such baseless speculation may make exciting cable news, but it doesn't reflect fact," Zardari wrote.
Well, he can try to explain his Nation's duplicity all he likes but the fact is that while the US Miltary has been targeting Al Qeada and Taliban cells in rural Pakistan villages with drone attacks, the Pakistani government in some capacity has been shielding the Shiekh.  All the alleged innocent civilians who were killed in the crossfire in the in the hunt for OBL are on the Pakistani government's hands.  They watched those attacks go on knowing that the target OBL was tucked away safe and sound far away.  President Zardari has been exposed to his band of hyenas just like Uncle Scar at the end of The Lion King.  

The senior Pakistani intelligence official who spoke Tuesday to CNN said, "Yes, we did fail to locate him. Yes, we are embarrassed. But that does not mean we are incompetent and straddling the fence."
No I think it means that there is no actual legitimate chain of command in Pakistan.  And that's a worse embarrassment for a Nation that longs to be considered modern and civilized than mere incompetency.  That it took a secret raid by US Navy SEAL commandos to pluck off a well known target is all the proof the world needs to know that Pakistan was straddling the fence.  But that fence just fell over and I'm not sure to which side they fell.

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