Osama bin Laden.s Second Death by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool.s
joke this morning.s headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a
firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take
it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the
gullibility of Americans.
Think about it. What are the chances that a person allegedly suffering
from kidney disease and requiring dialysis and, in addition, afflicted
with diabetes and low blood pressure, survived in mountain hideaways for a
decade? If bin Laden was able to acquire dialysis equipment and medical
care that his condition required, would not the shipment of dialysis
equipment point to his location? Why did it take ten years to find him?
Consider also the claims, repeated by a triumphalist US media celebrating
bin Laden.s death, that .bin Laden used his millions to bankroll terrorist
training camps in Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan, sending .holy
warriors. to foment revolution and fight with fundamentalist Muslim forces
across North Africa, in Chechnya, Tajikistan and Bosnia.. That.s a lot of
activity for mere millions to bankroll (perhaps the US should have put him
in charge of the Pentagon), but the main question is: how was bin Laden
able to move his money about? What banking system was helping him? The
US government succeeds in seizing the assets of people and of entire
countries, Libya being the most recent. Why not bin Laden.s? Was he
carrying around with him $100 million dollars in gold coins and sending
emissaries to distribute payments to his far-flung operations?
This morning.s headline has the odor of a staged event. The smell reeks
from the triumphalist news reports loaded with exaggerations, from
celebrants waving flags and chanting .USA USA.. Could something else be
No doubt President Obama is in desperate need of a victory. He committed
the fool.s error or restarting the war in Afghanistan, and now after a
decade of fighting the US faces stalemate, if not defeat. The wars of the
Bush/Obama regimes have bankrupted the US, leaving huge deficits and a
declining dollar in their wake. And re-election time is approaching.
The various lies and deceptions, such as .weapons of mass destruction,. of
the last several administrations had terrible consequences for the US and
the world. But not all deceptions are the same. Remember, the entire
reason for invading Afghanistan in the first place was to get bin Laden.
Now that President Obama has declared bin Laden to have been shot in the
head by US special forces operating in an independent country and buried
at sea, there is no reason for continuing the war.
Perhaps the precipitous decline in the US dollar in foreign exchange
markets has forced some real budget reductions, which can only come from
stopping the open-ended wars. Until the decline of the dollar reached the
breaking point, Osama bin Laden, who many experts believe to have been
dead for years, was a useful bogyman to use to feed the profits of the US