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Monday, 02 May 2011

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I don't believe that he was "executed" or, indeed, "assassinated"; I loath it when people say he was "taken out" or "targeted". I'd say he was killed. Insofar as I believe the whole business: dear God I'm getting cynical in my old age.

I did hesitate for a nano second or three before I used that word but try as I might I cannot think of a single reason why any American, politician or general, who would want a living bin Laden who would be nothing but a severe embarrassment. However, a further thought occurs to me: was it wise to order the attack at all? As I say above, it will lead to further deaths and injuries and the experts assure us it will add even more recruits (I doubt that one), to say nothing of the fact that there can be no way out now from an open rift with Pakistan. Also, watching the place covertly might have produced some good intelligence. I suspect that the jump in the president's poll ratings over-ruled any other possibilities!

I saw a cynical suggestion that it was timed to dissuade any potential challenge for the Democratic nomination.

The question, though, is what "it" was. Some faction in Pakistan wanted rid of Obama and helped set up a nice bit of Hollywood for the Yanks to appear to take great risks to kill him? Search me. I did guffaw, though, at the claim that a burial at sea was effected to accord with Islamic something-or-other.

Once it occurs to you that Obama may have the same moral stature as Slick Willie - or Dick Cheney - what are you to believe? Anyway, credit where credit is due; it's a bloody sight more fascinating than firing a cruise missile at an aspirin factory. And if it leads to an end of the bloody silly occupation of Afghanistan, that would be a "result", as the footballers say. I suppose that bringing the troops home would be Obama's way of dishing the Republicans. Couldn't complain about that, I must say.

The penny drops! President Osama did it to distract the nation from the all-important AV referendum!

Eh? Wadja say? Wot's an "AV referendum"? Never 'eard of it!

David

Technically it would be hard to call it an assination.

By name targeting of Military personal in war is legitmate, for example the attempt on General Rommel and the successful shoot down of Admiral Yamamoto.

AQ say it is at war with the US. OBL styled himself as AQ's commader. He has posed on many occasions in military clothing and with weapons. As a reasonable assumption he should be considered a military combatenet.

This is a helpful step but not the end. I'm sure anything AQ does in the near future will be called retaiation, but most likly it was in planning anyway.

David, I'm interested to know why you believe any other person could do a better job than Mr Obama, or your prime minister or any head of state.
I am of the opinion that politics is now so controlled by congress, senates, upper houses, greenies, assorted committees and just absolute loonies that not much can actually be achieved by anybody.
I think we're all pretty much going around in circles and ending up with compromises most of the time.

XX I am of the opinion that politics is now so controlled by congress, senates, upper houses, greenies, assorted committees and just absolute loonies that not much can actually be achieved by anybody.
I think we're all pretty much going around in circles and ending up with compromises most of the time.

Posted by: Sassyandra | Tuesday, 03 May 2011 at 02:58 XX

The secret of "good Government" is to keep the idiot voters THINKING that putting a cross on a bit of Izal every five years makes the slightest bit of a difference.

"..or your prime minister or any head of state." Our PM is head of government.

Hank, I used the word 'execution' rather than 'assassination' although I grant you that difference is rather fine in these unusual circumstances. Either word applies, I suppose, because I discount any of the BS about the SEALs offering bin Laden a chance to surrender.

Andra and FT, I intend to post on that topic later today.

And Andra, pay no attention to DM, he's an academic from the 'Stinks, Nuts & Bolts' department and therefore has a tendency towards pedantry!

Well, there you go.
And I had thought Dearieme was some sweet old virgin lady.
Hmmm!!

Heh, heh, heh! "Dearieme was some sweet old virgin lady"! Heh, heh, heh!

Well fuck me.

But then you wouldn't be a virgin any more, DM!

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