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Ghost of Osama Rises with US Militarism

Ibrahim S. Bahati | 7/7/2015, 3:14 p.m.
Since Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011, the official account of the Navy Seals’ raid has been challenged, most recently ...
Whether events surrounding Osama’s death were a spoof or as the Seal Team 6 claimed, questions continue and the US seems arrogantly proud of its “global manhunting machine.”

Since Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011, the official account of the Navy Seals’ raid has been challenged, most recently by journalist Seymour Hersh, alleging that “Washington's official account of the hunt for Bin Laden and the raid that led to his death was a lie.”

In fact, there have been more “conspiracy-factual theories” about this event than there are on Illuminati. Was OBL there? Was he even alive then? Is he still?

Indeed, mere days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian that “If Osama bin Laden did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him” since “his usefulness to Western governments lies in the power to terrify,” enabling the continuous unleashing of billions of dollars in military spending—on any given day, all year.

No wonder the ghost of Osama rises from Pakistan, from Sudan, from Afghanistan, or from the open ocean. A lie to gin up demand for obscene profits and power? That is easy to believe. The truth? That is tougher to find.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Era in 1990, America found itself with all its threats seemingly neutralized. War, however, is always great business venture, not only for nation-states but for all manner of military contracting corporations, the gateway to amass profits at rates no legitimate business can produce. Enemies are required-real, imaginary, or manufactured. In 1995, Ray Moseley wrote in the Chicago Tribune: Could it be that NATO discovered the Islamic threat because, after the demise of communism it desperately needed a new threat to survive as an organization?

If the Pakistanis were left out of the operation as President Obama alleged, where does this leave us with the notions by Pakistani Ex-Spy Chief General Asad Durrani that “ISI probably knew of the al-Qaeda chief's whereabouts until his death”? The US has underwritten ISI by billions for decades. When will the US taxpayer start to wonder about the value of this?

And most interestingly, why has there come no vivid clinical information (rather than verbal claims) about Osama's DNA, his death-in-combat pictures and his burial. Obama asserted that Osama was given a proper Muslim burial. Says who? Says which Muslim authority? Which Imam was present? Where is it written that proper Islamic burial takes place at sea? Nowhere! It is as if we have settled for a reality that might have scored as a poor episode of 24.

Separating fact from fiction is an endless labor. Leaks by Edward Snowden that the NSA actually forced Google and Samsung to allow a Trojan horse to spy on Americans and international citizens shows the ongoing erosion of civil liberties. People are no longer citizens of their nations but instead are often “persons of interest” for entirely legal conduct.

Are we an autocracy or a democracy? Dictatorial regimes like Saudi Arabia have been massively supported under the banner of 'ally' despite their bad record on human rights and governance issues. In fact today’s war on terrorism has played the total replica of the much worse unending, unfinished Cold War. We support state terrorists in the name of opposing non-state terrorists.