Abbottabad’s Debris and 9/11

If young Pakistani kids are collecting debris from the ‘mansion’ where Osama bin Laden stood with an AK-47 rifle, sorry without any arms, I mean any weapons, I mean 500 Euros and two telephone numbers sewn in his pocket ready to flee, I mean but he was taken by surprise, I mean he was shot dead says his 12-year-old daughter, I mean he was shot in the leg and his wife screamed out his name, I mean they say he lived with two wives and one spoke Pashto and the other Urdu, but this one is from Yemen, so was he teaching her the languages that he himself was not proficient in, I mean never mind…if those children are collecting debris (for what? as souvenirs?) are being exposed to all this and the grocer and the neighbours are cool about his death, then why the heck is it so difficult for the US to show his pictures?

Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, “The risks of release outweigh the benefits. Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”

Why the Middle East and not Af-Pak, where the action took place? And there have been conspiracy theories about everything, including America’s own. But we get this precious comment: “Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet. Osama bin Laden is not a trophy - he is dead and let's now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaida has been eliminated.”

The American people have seen pictures of Daniel Pearl; they have seen pictures of Guantanamo Bay; they know that their troops get killed when the US sends them on sorties to alien nations. They watch YouTube videos of the Taliban shooting people and there are many hits; they watch as a girl is killed in a protest in Iran and she becomes an icon of the social networking sites. Get real and stop obfuscating. You showed us Saddam. And cut this crap about Osama not being a trophy.

The al Qaida or any movement cannot get eliminated. We have his former bodyguard inform us, “He told me, 'If ever the Americans encircle me, I absolutely do not want to end my life as a prisoner of the United States. So you will be in charge of killing me. I would rather receive two bullets in the head than be taken prisoner. I want to die a martyr - but certainly not in prison’.”

Oh, how neatly this fits in with what the American establishment says happened. Like, were they fulfilling his wishes?

And that Will that Laden wrote is a hoot. Not so much about asking his wives not to remarry, but his children not to join the al Qaida. Guess what? This is convenient for the US. He had children who are not with him for a long time. But if the US has got any in custody as it claims then it can let them off because after all they were not in the al Qaida. See? They were with papa but they weren’t quite with papa’s Mom & Pop enterprise. So, no investigations necessary. But “Yes, we can” get rid of the al Qaida, which means doing a Christopher Columbus and finding new enemies in all those sandy lands.

Meanwhile, we are being given a feast of footballs in the compound not being returned, but the kids outside were given money instead. One, those kids should be given training by the football academy in Pakistan since they could hoist the ball so high over those high-high walls. Two, if someone stepped out to give money why not return the balls instead? Was Osama obsessed with them?

Someone went out and got back with a goat everyday, and Pepsi and Coke. The latter two companies should be questioned for their role in keeping him alive. Good Americans and everyone fighting the war on terror must boycott them.

And once again, how exactly did his wife call out his name? If he is this fundamentalist creature who followed tradition, then good Muslim women do not utter their husband’s names. If she was the one who had learned Urdu, then she’d have said, “O-jee”. Ah, I get it. It was the “O” that did it.

Funny headline:


From the Times of India – don’t know if it is an original.

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Talking of sensibilities and pictures, the western media is regurgitating images of the Twin Towers. Why? And why was President Obama (Bush without the helmet) in such a rush to mourn at the Ground Zero site with the families? This is gruesome in its abuse of power and to honour one's own position.


  1. Aww..clutching at straws, I presume. Are you joining Geelani in reciting a fatiha for the fallen hero who died fighting against evil imperialist forces. Tsk Tsk.

  2. FV
    [Someone went out and got back with a goat everyday, and Pepsi and Coke. The latter two companies should be questioned for their role in keeping him alive. Good Americans and everyone fighting the war on terror must boycott them]

    unarmed and dangerous.....

    Too funny to believe...Since this drama was staged I have been laughing and enjoying every bit of it. And your concise and crisp blog pieces add more spices to this drama....

    It looks like you are on top of it...


  3. Yes, something sure as hell doesnt add up. I had similar thoughts

  4. FV I am enjoying your thorough look at the many aspects from the death to Salman and now this as good as the best. I have one issue, you get defensive sometimes when you don't need. Don't pay heed to such critics is my humble advise.


  5. Osama ... Al Qaeda ... the war on terror ... all seem like a big hoax, a twenty year hoax. It is only befitting for the big hoax to end with bigger one ... @ Abbottabad

  6. Thanks everyone for sharing your own insights. It is good to know that we are not blindfolded.

    PS: I am far from defensive. I am a sword person not a shield one.

  7. Abbottabad by James Abbott

    I remember the day when I first came here
    And smelt the sweet Abbottabad air

    The trees and ground covered with snow
    Gave us indeed a brilliant show

    To me the place seemed like a dream
    And far ran a lonesome stream

    The wind hissed as if welcoming us
    The pine swayed creating a lot of fuss

    And the tiny cuckoo sang it away
    A song very melodious and gay

    I adored the place from the first sight
    And was happy that my coming here was right

    And eight good years here passed very soon
    And we leave you perhaps on a sunny noon

    Oh Abbottabad we are leaving you now
    To your natural beauty do I bow

    Perhaps your winds sound will never reach my ear
    My gift for you is a few sad tears

    I bid you farewell with a heavy heart
    Never from my mind will your memories thwart

    The link that didn't link. Regarded as one of the worst poems written in English - I find it charming, nonetheless.


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