The United States, in seeking vengeance for the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre (WTC) and the Pentagon, have committed a terrorist attack. They crossed into a sovereign country and carried out a well planned, government sponsored terrorist act when they killed Osama bin Laden. The jubilation in the streets of several American cities was shocking to witness. Americans celebrated exactly that which they claim to abhor: terrorism.

Ostensibly the reason the Americans (and Canadians) have been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan was the pervasive belief that Osama bin Laden (OBL) was being given safe harbour. However, OBL was not found in Afghanistan but rather Pakistan an ally of the Americans. Certainly, the relationship between Pakistan and America is not infused with honesty as the Americans completed their ‘mission’ ‘Geronimo’[1] without informing Pakistani officials. It is really no different from a terrorist attack, planned and executed by foreigners, in another country. It also seriously calls into question the efficacy of the relationship between Pakistan and America.

An entirely different scenario should have been played out once the Americans knew where OBL was hiding. Officials in Pakistan should have arranged to have OBL arrested and sent to the International Court in The Hague wherein he would be charged with crimes against humanity. The argument that his arrest rather than his assassination would have resulted in the continuing existence of Guantanamo Bay is not relevant. Many countries lost citizens in the attack on the WTC and an international court would have been the logical place to send him.

Instead, we shall never know if in fact it was OBL who died that day in a compound inside Pakistan. The Americans will not produce photos and his body has been apparently buried at sea. The other issue is that the Americans have now lived up to all of the stereotypes about how they do what they want in sovereign countries and there are no consequences. OBL has now been martyred for the cause.

I am completely disappointed in Barrack Obama as president of the United States. He acts like others before him and his promise to bring hope and change has just been four more years of the same American arrogance. The United States has no more rights than any other nation. Violating a nation’s sovereignty was once an act of war. Pakistan only needs to look at Iraq and Afghanistan if the country wants to complain. I am sure if they do the US would only be too happy to invade them and free the women, find the terrorists and blow up the place. It does seem to be what the US does best.

[1] Completely and utterly offensive!


4 thoughts on “The Murder of Osama bin Laden

  1. Well said, Chris. It is ironic that American political and military leaders feel free to take justice into their own hands, yet would be the first to swoop down on American citizens who do so on their own turf. Vigilanteism is NOT the democratic way.

    That Americans would dance in the streets at such undemocratic behaviour is abhorrent.

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