Some 24 hours have elapsed since the raid by US special forces and CIA operatives that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, but many of the circumstances and details of the attack remain murky, particularly the role of Pakistani security forces, both in protecting bin Laden and in aiding the eventual attack.
The most striking contradiction between the official US propaganda about the “war on terror” and the reality demonstrated in the raid is the location of bin Laden’s hiding place. Far from being holed up in a cave, isolated from the world, the Al Qaeda leader was in a palatial compound in Abbottabad only half a mile from the Pakistan Military Academy, the equivalent of West Point, in a city which is home to many high-ranking retired military officers.
The disparity between the past claims of bin Laden’s location—made by US officials up to and including the president—and his actual residence was widely noted. Time magazine observed, “How bin Laden was able to reside in a posh compound for months, if not years, surrounded by former Pakistani military officers remains unknown.” Reuters news agency added, “The revelation bin Laden was living in style will hugely embarrass Pakistani officials, who will be under pressure to explain how he could have been right under their noses.”I wonder how people are feeling who bought the official story? Are they feeling played yet? Are they grasping that the human sacrifice was nothing but a re-election stunt -- the same as Bush's "Mission Accomplished"?
Ava and C.I. gave you a heads up about how the story would change when they wrote "TV: Blather" Sunday night.
Do people get the disrespect involved in lying like this?
The disrespect for citizens, for democracy, for truth.
We all expected that behavior from Bully Boy Bush but how many were prepared for it from Barack?
I hope people are willing to learn. I hope they're not going to kid themselves eternally. But you never know.
Some people have a very difficult time facing the truth. Some people never face it.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):