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To Whom does it Profit and Why we should Mourn the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

posted May 23, 2011, 8:57 AM by Esther Matharu   [ updated May 23, 2011, 9:22 AM ]
Osama bin Laden 1959 - 2011

We were told a while back that Osama was dead when, in 2001, we were informed of his demise. Now, the old card is brought out of a loaded pack from the hands of known cheaters and liars and we are told he is dead, all over again.

As the West cheers, the skeptics ask for a body, but there is none to show.

Question: What does that mean to us, citizens of the world, those of us who love peace and have been appalled by the rising militarism in our ‘civilized’ countries? Why are we disgusted by the spectacle of this ten year+ ‘most wanted man’ by the US, living in hiding in Pakistan, where he was supposedly identified and subsequently downed, shot in the face (no one will recognize him), identified by his wife and DNA (so they say), his body shrouded, prayed over and dumped in the seas in a manner that no one can ever find it again, eaten by fish and sharks, ostensibly to stop people from praying over his grave?

Answer: We should be disturbed by the news of his death, not just because of the manner in which it was carried out; not just because of the time these people chose to ‘destroy’ Osama; not just because of the barbaric depictions with which his assassination is being celebrated; not just because the same day we mourn the assassination of Khadafy’s son, a 29-year-old father of three innocent children, all killed supposedly by a cowardly drone attack. All these too, but also add to that the injection of fear that we must now live with. Fear that this is the beginning of the end, which looks so much like a provocation by the US-led NATO to take the war from an entire region to the world. Fear, also, that that rogue nation among rogue nations, Israel, will launch its pre-meditated attack on Iran, and that this act in itself will be effectively ‘blamed’ on the hoped for violent ‘reaction’ of the Muslim world towards the provocative manner and timing of Bin Laden’s assassination.

Are we to forget that the so-called weapons of mass destruction allegedly to be found in Iraq were the excuse for an illegal invasion of a sovereign country, not much worse than any other dictatorship in the region, for example the US ally, Saudi Arabia? Are we to forget how it took only two years for the people in the US and Canada to be misinformed and psychologically prepared for such an event? Are we to forget the excuse of the illegal invasion of Afghanistan as the ‘hiding’ of Osama bin Laden by the ‘evil’ Taliban? Are we to forget the current NATO led attack on Libya? And what will it be for the other dictatorship countries in the region?

Naturally we are to forget all that. Make the world ‘feel’ a little more unsafe, ‘look’ like might is right, 'sound' like we, the peace-loving West are in the ‘right’, and we have a world of orchestrated chaos which is become the play ground of the weapons industry, the political elites of the industrial nations, the cold-war mentality that has never really gone away, and the rising outrage of the neo-slaves and hungry masses that need to be controlled (by what? by whom?)

There you have it, a closed vicious circle of a potential world war. We mourn because we see the stage set for a perpetual conflict. We mourn because we can say with some truth that Homo sapiens, this predatorial king of the jungle, will never learn from the lessons of the past, but will happily condemn all future generations to pay for their mistakes.

Women would never have done that, never have led us into so many wars, never have chosen the gun over the word, never have allowed us to spend so much on weapons and so little on care. That’s why we need more women in politics. That's why we need Comm-Unity.

And this is why the Women’s Alliance Party.

Highly respected Noam Chomsky has written about the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. He writes the following  in the Reader Supported News, 21 May 11:

"In May 1, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed in his virtually unprotected compound by a raiding mission of 79 Navy Seals, who entered Pakistan by helicopter. After many lurid stories were provided by the government and withdrawn, official reports made it increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law, beginning with the invasion itself. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 79 commandos facing no opposition - except, they report, from his wife, also unarmed, who they shot in self-defense when she "lunged" at them (according to the White House)". For the entire article, go to:

For a similar perspective, please see this article by John Bart Gerald.