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Osama Bin Laden: From Abbottabad to Hollywood


"Now people are wondering: where will Osama bin Laden go: to paradise and virgins, or a Dante-like hell? He won't go to either. According to the traditions of the American way of life, he went straight from Abbottabad to Hollywood."


By Melor Sturua*



Translated By Yekaterina Blinova


April 5, 2011


Russia - Izvestia - Original Article (Russian)

Supporters of the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Nazaryati Party shout anti-U.S. slogans in Quetta, after Osama bin Laden was killed, May 2.

RUSSIA TODAY VIDEO: 'U.S. can't accept it created bin Laden and al-Qaeda', May 5, 00:05:19RealVideo

Just days ago, nearly half of the country doubted the legitimacy of his presidency. Now he has not only presented them with his certificate of birth on U.S. soil, but the lifeless corpse of bin Laden, showing himself to be a true citizen of his country, decisive commander-in-chief and reliable guarantor of U.S. national security.


“Mission accomplished!” President George W. Bush triumphantly proclaimed when American troops captured Baghdad. But it turned out that the Iraq War was just getting started. Moreover, it was still unclear what Washington's mission was - or even if it had one. President Barack Obama, in announcing the killing of Osama bin Laden, never uttered these words, which in today's American political lexicon has taken on a decidedly negative meaning - with an odor of irony and derision.


The hunt for bin Laden lasted ten years, cost a trillion dollars and entailed two wars, but due to the efforts of 24 “Navy Seal” Special Forces, he was eliminated in the span of forty minutes. As the commentators have been saying, it appears that the fight shouldn't have been with Afghanistan or Iraq, but Pakistan. Because bin Laden had been happily living in a suburb of Pakistan’s capitol - a military town infested with soldiers.


Talk of war with Pakistan is of course a bad joke, but it once again underscores the danger of any literal interpretation of the term “war on terror.” It is not a coincidence that in the process of preparing for the liquidation of bin Laden, a castling occurred between the Pentagon and the CIA. CIA Director Leon Panetta became Defense Secretary and General David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, became CIA director. The focus will be on the CIA, Special Forces, unmanned drones and target-spotting operations.



The murder of bin Laden is fair retribution. On his conscience, if he had a concience, is a whole list of terrorist attacks, the biggest of which is September 11, 2001. Speaking at a White House press conference, the president’s deputy national security advisor for Homeland Security, John Brennan, stated that the government "can say with 99.9 percent confidence that this was bin Laden." [see video below]



Within 24 hours of his death, the al-Qaeda leader was buried “in strict accordance with Muslim precepts and traditions," Washington emphasized, the body washed and clothed in white robes. But, fearing that his burial site would become a magnet for terrorist pilgrims, the body was thrown into the sea from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.


President Obama rightly noted that without bin Laden, the world will be a better place. But God forbid him from announcing “Mission Accomplished!” To eradicate international terrorism one must pull out the roots that it feeds on.


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Frontier Post, Pakistan: U.S. Raid Exposes Pakistan's 'Unnerving Vulnerability'
Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia: Osama Died, But those Who Gain from Terror War Live
Dar al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia: Osama and His Whole Way of Thinking - are Dead
Daily Jang, Pakistan: Operation Against Osama Spells Trouble for Pakistan
Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran: Obama Seeks to 'Vindicate Bush'
Outlook Afghanistan: U.S. Must Pursue Mullah Omar as it did bin Laden
Pak Tribune, Pakistan: Senators Call U.S. Operation a Breach of Sovereignty
Frontier Post, Pakistan: Osama Episode Puts Safety of Nuke Assets in Peril
El Pais, Spain: Obama 'Decapitates' the al-Qaeda Hydra
Folha, Brazil: Bin Laden's 'Second Death'
Folha, Brazil: Death Won't Kill Osama's Violent Ways or Speech
Dawn, Pakistan: The Urgent Importance of Showing 'Mutual Respect'
The Independent, U.K.: Killing of bin Laden 'Huge Blow' to Islamist Terror
The Telegraph, U.K.: OBITUARY: Osama bin Laden
Telegraph, U.K.: Taliban Commander Vows to Avenge bin Laden's Death
Guardian, U.K.: Hamas Praises bin Laden as Holy Warrior
Telegraph, U.K.: Death of bin Laden is Rough Justice, Wild West-Style
Dawn, Pakistan:
Pakistanis Hold Rally in Honor of bin Laden
Dawn, Pakistan: Pakistan Asks U.S. Envoy to Avoid bin Laden 'Spin'

Xinhua. China: Six Children and Two Wives of bin Laden Arrested By Pakistan
Daily Star, Lebanon: Prime Minister Hariri: 'Bin Laden Got What He Deserved'

Daily Star, Lebanon: Lebanese Muslim Preachers Hail Osama for U.S. Attack


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Obama and his team observed the operation to destroy bin Laden from the White House Situation Room “in real time.” But in the same real time, America has a debt of $14 trillion; Unemployment is at 10 percent; The gap between rich and poor has reached Dickensian proportions; and the country is conducting two-and-half wars: in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Seventy percent of Americans believe that the United States is “going in the wrong direction.” The President, Congress, political parties, and big business have don't enjoy the respect of even half of the citizenry. These realities didn't sink to the bottom of the Arabian Sea along with the corpse of terrorist number one, and will play the central role in the 2012 presidential election. It's not for nothing that Americans say “It's the economy, stupid!” - meaning that only a fool would fail top grasp the priority of the economy.


But of course, the death of bin Laden is a trump card in Obama’s political game. It's not by chance that in referring to the Navy SEAL raid, he's been using the pronoun “I.” He is presenting himself as the director and chief conductor of the operation, and at this stage, even his bitterest foes and rivals have been forced to (publicly) praise and congratulate him.


Now people are wondering: where will Osama bin Laden go: to paradise houri virgins, or Dante-like hell? He won't go to either. According to the traditions of the American way of life, he went straight from Abbottabad to Hollywood. Movie director Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for her war film, The Hurt Locker, has already staked her claim on a film about bin Laden's liquidation. Here, another American slogan has triumphed: "It's Entertainment, stupid!”



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