Friday, May 6, 2011

Was Osama Executed? - Pakistan and Pictures

Executed Osama?
Well it seems like the story of Bin Laden's death keeps changing. The more it changes the more suspicions are raised. Is it really that unusual for the information to be scattered regarding the invasion of Osama Bin Laden's compound?

Michael Moore has stated, "Why can't they (Government) just admit that they executed Bin Laden?"  While it may be true that that was the Seals objective going into the compound, we don't know that definitively. Consider a few points before you race to assumptions:
  1. Al Qaeda is known for blowing up things.
  2. Bin Laden has been seen using various weapons.
  3. Chances are the Seals wouldn't have known if the place was rigged with explosives.
  4. Bin Laden didn't surrender so was he looking for a gun or an electronic detonator?
If your a Special Forces soldier you have to make split second decisions with regards to your enemies intent while trying to stay alive. It's not surprising that unarmed people get shot in such an operation. We may never know what the orders were.

The argument regarding execution vs. "shot in action" seems somewhat hypocritical when you consider how many times the U.S. has sent missiles into similar houses or compounds without anyone on the ground to verify the target or give the opponent the option to surrender.

What's with Pakistan?

It sure looks like someone in Pakistan was sheltering Bin Laden, someone at a very high level in the military and/or government. If Pakistan wants to restore their relationship with the U.S. then they will surrender the other Al Qaeda leaders and save their people from any more "collateral damage" resulting from U.S. missile strikes or Special Op's forces. Let's face it, Pakistan has a convenient relationship with the United States but to call them an ally is a stretch.

What about the pictures?

I'm not sure if I agree with the Obama administrations argument that to show the pictures of Bin Laden's dead body would incite rage in Muslims world wide but what if I'm wrong. Is it worth taking the chance, considering the possible outcome? Is it worth putting people at risk to satisfy our curiosity or paranoia? Maybe not. It seems less important now that Al Qaeda has acknowledged his death. Maybe to be shown to those relatives who lost loved ones in 911 might be a way of doing this. I would believe their verification, wouldn't you? When considering pictures we need to keep in mind the most important picture is the ideological goal that Osama Bin Laden had for the Western World and every other infidel society which of course included all Muslims who didn't agree with his version of Islam.

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