Cripes - a Royal Wedding on the weekend and now the Americans are claiming they've killed Osama Bin Laden (and then flown his body 500 miles to dump it in the ocean quick smart !) - is there no end to the media madness ? I wonder what happened to his dialysis machine ?
Its times like these I really wish Billmon or Jeff Wells were still blogging - either would have a field day with the nonsense being spouted.
Instead I'll have to settle with Cryptogon's brief but cynical take (Billmon's fanclub at Moon Of Alabama simply noted "Obama announced that Osama is still dead. The search for a new bogeyman continues. Carry on.") - And Now… Bin Laden Is Dead.
No, Really: Bin Laden Buried at Sea
Via: AP:A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.
After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.
The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.
I’m away from home, so, I’ll just quickly open this thread in case anyone wants to unburden themselves.
I don’t have a lot to say on this, other than:
‘Use it if you got it, boys, this is it.’
Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government
Now, enjoy the Two Minutes Hate!
On a more mainstream note, Robert Fisk says "There is a lot of meaningless breast beating about a 'middle aged man being killed in Pakistan'" - Death of Osama Bin Laden 'pretty irrelevant'.
wVeteran journalist Robert Fisk, who interviewed Osama Bin Laden on three occasions, says news of Bin Laden's death is much less important than the popular uprisings happening in the Arab world.
"I've been saying for some time that I think whether he's dead or not is pretty irrelevent," says the Middle East correspondent for British newspaper The Independent.
"As far as he's concerned he founded Al Qaeda and that was in his eyes his achievement."
The award winning journalist says Osama Bin Laden was not in a position to actually direct Al Qaeda's operations.
"He didn't sit in a cave with computer knobs saying press button b, it's operation 52," says Robert Fisk.
Fisk, who most recently has been reporting on events in Syria, says the world has changed in more ways than one since 9-11.
"Over the last few months you've seen an Arab awakening in which millions of Arab muslims have overthown their own leaderships," he says.
"Bin Laden always wanted to get rid of Mubarek and Ben Ali and Gaddafi and so on claiming that they were all infidels working for America and in fact it was millions of ordinary people who peacefully, more or less - certainly in the case of Tunisia and Egypt - got rid of them."
"Bin Laden didn't, he failed to do that."
"You've got to remember these regimes have always been telling the Americans 'keep on supporting us because if you don't Al Qaeda will take over' - and in fact Al Qaeda did not take over."