As I logged into my email I noticed the MSNBC headline sources say “Osama Bin Laden may have been captured”. Minutes later that headline had been updated to “Obama confirms that the U.S. has killed Osama Bin Laden”.
My mind goes back to the time when Benazir Bhutto was killed. (If I mispelled her name, forgive me). There was a stir in Pakistan because she was thought to be a shoe in for the Presidency of Pakistan. The stir of her assasination caused a buzz in the online community as well. I remember watching an interview in which Bhutto mentioned that Osama Bin Laden was already dead. This was quite disturbing to hear as most Americans were under the impression that Osama was still alive. My mind wondered…How could one of the most powerful women in Pakistan be confused as to whether Osama Bin Laden was dead or alive? That interview never made it to the scrutiny of mainstream television.
The most outstanding yet unscrutinized aspect of the Bin Laden saga was the fact that initially the F.B.I. website did not list Osama (spelled Usama Bin Laden on the site) wanted in connection to the 911 attacks. Why?
Better yet, why hasn’t the entire audio of any Osama Bin Laden threat against the U.S. ever been made available? Was it a security issue? I found it interesting that as an American I was always left to the interpretation the reporting news agency and never afforded the opportunity to try to interpret or get interpretation of his speeches on my own.
I think it was the “Conspiracy Theorists” that put together Loose Change who pointed out that the video shown to Americans of Osama Bin Laden featured a man who was right handed when the F.B.I. website listed Osama as left handed.
I’ve spoken to people outside of the U.S. who felt that the entire Osama Bin Laden story was a fable, a hoax, an excuse for military intervention. Taking into account recent history in U.S. politics this seems entirely possible, if not probable.
Tonight President Obama made a public statement via video that announced the death of Osama Bin Laden and the capture of his body. He may well be telling the truth. But in light of the fact that we live in an economy that has always been driven by war I think that reminding Americans to be skeptical is still necessary.