Brit Dee/Activist Post
It is a year since the US government pulled off one of the most audacious stunts of the 21st century, when on May 2nd 2011 they claimed to have killed Osama bin Laden during a Navy SEAL operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The contemptuously sloppy story spun by the US government, parroted without question by the controlled corporate media, and obligingly swallowed by a largely gullible Western public, was dubious in the extreme.
Many credible commentators, including respected intelligence analysts and heads of state, had claimed years before 2011 that bin Laden was already dead. It is widely believed that bin Laden suffered from kidney disease; former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf stated in January 2002 that he thought the al Qaeda leader had died of the disease, and after reviewing video footage of a poorly-looking bin Laden from late 2001, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta observed that his “frosting of the appearance is something that people a lot of times associate with chronic kidney failure, renal failure, certainly someone who is requiring dialysis would have that.”
Even if bin Laden was still alive in May 2011, events following his supposed killing proved, for the rationally critical, very difficult to swallow.
Were we really expected to accept without question bin Laden’s corpse being hastily buried in the North Arabian sea, within 24 hours of his killing? US authorities made the absurd claim that in doing so they were following Islamic tradition, which dictates that a body should be buried within 24 hours of death. Whilst this is true, Islamic tradition definitely does not require burial at sea, other than in exceptional circumstances such as when a person dies during a sea voyage – when all effort must still be made to perform a burial in the ground.
Sceptics also rightly point to historic examples of the US failing to respect Islamic tradition – when, for example, Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay were killed, and their bodies kept for 11 days before being released for burial. It is difficult not to react with incredulity to the manner in which bin Laden’s corpse was supposedly disposed; the ultimate proof of his death, prime evidence which would clearly be demanded by many, simply dumped in the sea.
The public were of course prevented from seeing other evidence of bin Laden’s death. Video footage of the raid and photographs of bin Laden’s corpse, the government declared, were simply too gruesome to publish.