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Implications of Bin Laden’s Extermination

Now that bin Laden has finally been exterminated, it is time to look at the many implications. Of course, the most glaring implication is that the Pakistan ISI knew all along where bin Laden was hiding. Of course, we knew they were duplicitous right along, but this treachery is beyond the pale. Of course, we should have known they were hiding people like bin Laden (and probably al-Zawahiri) after they said that they were going to protect him if he was living “peacefully” in Pakistan. According to a 2006 ABC News report, Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan, press secretary to the president of Pakistan, said, in 2006:

“If he is in Pakistan, bin Laden ‘would not be taken into custody,’ Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan told ABC News in a telephone interview, ‘as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen,” report Brian Ross and Gretchen Peters at ABC’s blog, The Blotter (http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/09/bin_laden_gets_.html).

“No, as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen, one would not be taken into custody,” said Khan. “One has to stay like a peaceful citizen and not allowed to participate in any kind of terrorist activity.”

“The surprising announcement comes as Pakistani army officials announced they were pulling their troops out of the North Waziristan region as part of a ‘peace deal’ with the Taliban.”

It is significant to note that the house in which bin Laden was exterminated was in existence in 2005, although not in 2001, as the following images from Google Earth show.

 

It was reported in some places that the house was custom built for bin Laden, although others say that it was used by the ISI as a safe house (for al Qaeda?). One account stated that the ISI had raided the house in 2003 because they believed that Abu Faraj al-Libbi, number 3 in al Qaeda’s management structure after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured, was hiding there. This story was another fabrication by the ISI, since, as the US pointed out, the building did not exist in 2003. (It is unfortunate that Google Earth does not have a more complete set of images. It would be interesting to know if Google was forced to remove images by the US government, since they only show a 2001 and a 2005 image.)

No matter the past history, it is becoming clear that bin Laden had been living there for 5 or even 6 years. This compound is located in a location that is affluent, although the house is significantly larger than other houses in the area. The fact that bin Laden lived here while much of the population of this affluent area consists of retired high military officials and it is located within a short walk of Pakistan’s equivalent to West Point, indicates that bin Laden had absolutely no fear about being arrested or attacked. The presence of his neighbors, in fact, must have given him comfort, further pointing to the corruption in the ISI. In fact, the most recent reports indicate that he was not armed when he was shot, although he might have been going for a weapon. Significantly, he did not have much in the way of security. It is hard to believe that every adult in the house was not armed for bear and firing everything from pistols to RPG’s when they were awoken by the helicopters unless they had been so assured of the security provided by the neighboring military compound and neighbors. (Did the fact that bin Laden had a considerable garden of marijuana contribute to the lack of preparation? One of his body guards appears to have gone to a gun fight with the SEALS armed with a squirt gun!) Imagine, bin Laden a stoner! (But, remember, the export of drugs, primarily heroin, is one of Pakistan’s only sources of income, other than our financial aid, which must obviously be stopped….IMMEDIATELY….along with taking possession of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.)

I suspect that he located there because the ISI had promised to protect him. And, with the large military base only a stone’s throw away, they certainly had the firepower to protect him if they had been given advanced warning of the raid. Plus, in a pinch, he could be rapidly relocated to the military installation for protection and relocation. It is interesting that he had a couple of phone numbers sewn into his clothes, along with a few hundred Euros. (Again, he must have known that he had a lot of help only a taxi and a phone call away, since that is not much money. There was also an airport a short walk from his house. I wonder if he had a plane stationed there.)

Of course, the fact that our military was able to swoop in, kill him, and remove his body, along with 5 computers, 10 hard drives, and hundreds of other print and electronic records without any response from the Pakis indicates that we have capabilities far beyond what Pakistan ever imagined. This fact must have Iran a bit nervous. It also gives us hope that perhaps we can swoop in and disassociate the Pakistan government from their nuclear devices; something that I think we need to do. (Of course, we also need to cease all military and financial aid to Pakistan. After all, didn’t we learn anything about arming your enemy from our experience with arming Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union in the 1980’s?)

The extreme confidence in his security that bin Laden apparently had gives me great hope that the records recovered in the raid will indeed be useful. In a way, it would have been nice to have been able to take him alive so that we could have found out what he knew. But, under Obama and the Holder Justice Department, there is no chance that we would have been able to extract useful information from him. We would have been forced to simply give him a comfortable retirement in Guantanamo. That is the last thing we needed. Hopefully, the fact that he was so confident in his security led him to not securely encrypt much or all of the information that was on the captured documents and computer drives.

I’m sure that there has been a lot of movement among the various terrorist leaders, like Ayman al-Zawahiri, since the raid. After wetting his diaper Sunday night when he heard about the raid, I’m sure al-Zawahiri separated himself from his residence, even if he was comfortably ensconced in Iran or some country other than Pakistan. It’s interesting how the legend of these barbarians living in caves has persisted, in spite of statements by several people that bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and others were living in comfort in various locations such as Iran and Pakistan. In “The Secret History of the Iraq War” Yossef Bodansky reported that bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and others were hosted by Iran in special Revolutionary Guard guesthouses north of Tehran and in Torbat-e Heydariyeh northeast of Tehran in the 2002-2003 time frame. Additionally, In February 2002, Meg Lauglin reported seeing bin Laden while stalled in traffic near the Red Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.

As the car stopped in traffic, Carl yelled, “Look! There’s Osama bin Laden!”

We couldn’t believe our eyes. There, in front of us was the most wanted man in the world, the face on countless posters offering a reward of $25 million for information on his whereabouts. There was no mistaking him. Towering over the men with him, he was lanky with olive skin and that scraggly long beard, those sad brown eyes and that splayed nose.

The three of us began screaming, “It’s Osama bin Laden! Osama bin Laden!”

He wore a white shalwar kameez, the loose long shirt and pantaloons that are traditional clothing in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a white turban. He walked slowly with a cane, flanked on each side by a man holding on to him.

They emerged from the wrought-iron gates at the red brick mosque, crossed to the wooded median on the boulevard, took a right turn and walked in our direction.

So, apparently, bin Laden has been “hiding” in plain site for most of the last decade. Pakistan has been proven, conclusively, to not be our friend (although, by the simple dictates of Islam, no Muslim nation can be our friend.) We need to cut off ALL financial and other aid to Pakistan, refuse to sell them any military equipment (unless it comes with a kill switch so that we can stop them from using the equipment against “infidels” like us or India.) We should also cancel all visas that have been issued to Pakis, and refuse to issue any more until they abandon political Islam and Sharia.

 

One Comment

  1. chuharmal says:

    The rumors that retired president Parvez Musharraf and retired general Hamid Gul, former head of ISI, have sent in their applications for leadership of Al Qaida is untrue.

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