3 May 2011

Politricks and survival

So Osama it Bin Laden is dead… True or false? For me it is a valid question, for the following reasons:

One, we have not seen the body or any other proof of his demise… We are expected to take the word of the USA (and we know how trustworthy they are), without any photographs, video, body, DNA evidence… Amazingly though, the very same USA was very eager to show video of Saddam Hussein being hung… a particularly gruesome and macabre bit of evidence, if I do say so…

Two, the body is gotten rid of at sea. This in itself is suspicious for a number of reasons. Although allegedly purporting to be so that his grave would not become a shrine, I wonder that the USA (and Barack Obama) would disrespect his religious rights to a burial and cast further insult upon him by discarding the body at sea. To do this would only bring on more wrath upon themselves. News reports also claim that Bin Laden was shot while his wife was standing in front of him protecting him… Seems to me then that he was in a position of helplessness (physically) and could possibly have been taken prisoner. It seems especially callous to murder him in front of his wife and as the story says, children.

Three, the death of Osama Bin Laden will be counted as a political coup for Barack Obama, whose political career was faltering despite his brilliant start. This will raise his political clout and keep him with the support of the masses. Obama himself said it:

"Today we are reminded that as a nation there is nothing we can't do".

Later, at a pre-arranged bipartisan dinner at the White House, he appealed for a return to the sense of national unity which he said had "frayed a little" in the years after the 9/11 attacks.

"It is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront some of the many challenges that we still face," he said.

"National unity"… Two words meaning that Americans were actually awakening to the fact that many in the US government pulled the wool over their eyes and that they were no longer being fooled. Something was needed to pull the Americans together to have one common goal, one common enemy…

It was political survival at its best, and apparently it has worked…