As the flashed news of Osama Bin Laden’s elimination by a carefully selected contingent of US commandos appeared on television screens across millions of drawing rooms worldwide, a sense of déjà vu must have gripped some of the officials involved in tracking down the lunatic criminal for over a decade.
In the absence of corroborative evidence like video footage of Bin Laden’s bullet riddled corpse or that of the rituals preceding his burial on USS Carl Vinson a few nautical miles off Karachi’s coastline, the myth of Osama will surely return to haunt the Obama administration.
After all Osama has been pronounced dead on no fewer than three occasions previously.
With rumors of Bin Laden’s dummy being obliterated by the US team already doing the round, there is every probability of the Al Qaeda reliving him through audio or video publicity thanks to this needless secrecy adopted by President Obama’s henchmen.
Osama will thus be romanticized as a martyr whom even the mighty United States feared in his death. However, it is beyond doubt that Laden’s disappearance from the scene will undoubtedly boost the international community’s relentless struggle to free our society from the scourge of terrorism in spite of the fact that Osama has long ceased to be a field commander for his brainwashed boys on the ground.
To the vast array of terror outfits working across the globe with varying motives and high degree of operational autonomy, the tall middle aged bearded man had turned into a symbolic cult figure ever since he was handicapped by the kidney ailments triggered by Type II diabetes.
That he was confined in a specific location for nearly ten months defying the standard operating procedure exclusively prepared for his movements is a clear reflection of his disease having reached an advanced stage thereby making him completely incapacitated.
Or why else would he miss the distinct signal of being traced by CIA operatives like Raymond Davies who was sent into Pakistan with an unambiguous instruction of cultivating sources within the terror networks based on that soil for the sole purpose of mounting physical and technical surveillance?
In fact former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had confirmed the shipment of two dialysis systems into Afghanistan for treating Bin Laden suffering from renal failure way back in 2002.
Furthermore, reports leaked by US sources clearly indicate that the SEALs did not encounter any enemy fire at the time of being heli-dropped into the target zone which is significantly unusual given the Al Qaeda’s extra-ordinary skill in handling portable yet sophisticated anti-aircraft armaments.
Even though the US soldiers cannot be robbed of the due credit for risking their lives in uncharted terrain, the entire gamut of Operation “Geronimo” will be a subject of intense scrutiny and debate as fresh inputs of Laden’s life and death emerges breaching the shadowy and mystic wall of classification.
Though Osama’s demise is bound to provide emotional closure to the families of 9/11 victims, the administrative assertion of a single shot piercing the skull, stealthy disposal of the body and an archived image of Laden’s disfigured face being circulated and projected as the most high profile kill of the year certainly deepens the mystery.
With the US Dollar shooting up in the bourse, this breaking news provides a perfect prelude to a US military exit from the Afghan war zone and indeed beefs up the Democrat fortune for the 2012 elections.
Perhaps it would have been a bit of an anti-climax had Osama succumbed to his kidney and heart ailments developed in subsequent years instead of President Obama declaring a daring under-cover mission that snuffed out the world’s most dreaded terrorist’s life in less than an hours time.
After years of painstaking counter insurgency operation spread across the globe that resulted in innumerable civilian and military casualties and high expenditure, a dramatic anecdote at the end of an inordinately long search was along expected line.
“And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to Al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done” thundered President Barack Obama.
Yes indeed, the hapless civilians, brave soldiers who embrace bullets at the altar of motherland, all believes in their heart that justice has been done. But will they ever know the truth, which remains the casualty as nation states deliberately put out disinformation to cover up their strategic game?
The question that will torment even President Obama throughout his life is whether Bin Laden could have been captured alive to face the due process of law. As a student of law, nobody knows better than him that jurisprudence demand a hearing, defence and a fair trial for even the worst offender. But then to the President of the United States of America, the word justice has a different connotation.
There however is no dispute over the fact that Osama’s demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity. With people all over the world fighting for their rights and economic well being by democratic and peaceful means, hopefully Osama Bin Laden’s exit will mark the beginning of the end of an era characterized by violence and assassinations.
In the meantime a dead Laden has become a headache for the Indian establishment.
Apprehending a quid-pro-quo between Washington and Islamabad on the strategic Afghan front that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Indian diplomats and security analysts are desperately attempting to stoke up the hard-line elements within the Pakistani society by harping on the sovereignty issue. They are tactfully accusing Islamabad of harboring terror elements in spite of having an inkling on what actually happened on the first night of May in the garrison town of Abottabad.
What is all the more intriguing is the Indian Internal Security Minister P Chidambaram’s pubic acknowledgement of the absence of Indian operatives deep inside Pakistan unlike the United States.
A nation which accuses Pakistan day in and out of carrying out heinous terror strikes like the one in Mumbai deems it unfit to post intelligence agents for monitoring and tracking the terror networks defies all logic.
One wonders whether the Minister should own up the responsibility for this gross negligence or the concerned intelligence chief get the boot?