Conspiracy theory around Osama and Obama…

First published on Times of India on 3rd May 2011

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tiger-trail/entry/conspiracy-theory-around-osama-and-obama

I have always been in a quandary. Many times I have asked, do we live in a world of conspiracy or are the ways of this world more straightforward than what it seems. Are we getting more pessimistic with our agnostic attitude? We live in a world where news breaks to us on a twenty-four by seven basis and we feed off tit bits of information as manna for the mind. To accept or not accept a story at face value is akin to making a choice between the blissful blue pill of illusion and the agonizing red pill of harsh reality. How many times do we remain sceptical of information that comes to us and on how many occasions do we try to look for more meaning into the daily despatch.

The latest news that is hogging space in every form of media network across the world is of Osama’s death. Osama Bin Laden’s body was dumped at sea a decade later and a trillion dollars after. A DNA test prior to dumping the world’s most dreaded terrorist confirmed a 99% match by the US Government. The US Government was in a haste to get rid of Osama unlike in the case of Saddam Hussein where a full-blown trial was held for mass consumption. Neither was there any victory parade with Osama’s dead body as was the case with Saddam Hussein’s sons. Many have been asking the question, why could Osama not been captured alive? The US Government had indicated it was never their mission to capture Osama alive.

Sometime back in March 2010, Eric Holder Jr, Attorney General of the United States, appearing in front of a Congressional panel was asked the question how would the Government handle Osama Bin Laden if he were to be ever captured alive.  Would there be a federal court trial or a military commission? The Attorney General stated that Bin Laden “will never appear in an American courtroom,” according to The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson. “Let’s deal with the reality here. The reality is we will be reading Miranda rights to a corpse.” Holder said he was being “flippant” but added that bin Laden “will be killed by us or by his own people.” In contrast, when a similar question was posed to Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan seemed genuinely puzzled when asked if his troops had given up on capturing bin Laden alive. “Wow. No,” he said. And CIA Director Leon Panetta asserted that bin Laden would be taken to a military base and interrogated by U.S. agents.

The Attorney General’s prediction now overrides both the NATO commander’s as well as the CIA Director’s statement. Osama’s obituary announcement comes at a time when Obama is gearing up for a reelection for a second term. It also keeps the “ birth certificate “ controversy of Obama’s clearly in the back burners for the time being. The timing is perfect. George Bush’s Texan attitude towards terrorists was to “smoke them” out of their holes, but Obama will be labeled as the one for smoking out the world’s biggest terrorist not out of a hole but out of a gigantic million dollar hovel that served as a fortress in an upscale locality of Pakistan’s capital.

Conspiracy theorists have posed many questions with this recent death announcement as they wait for pictures of a dead Osama to be released by the US Government. Some claim that Osama has been dead for years and the US had used the head of Al Qaeda as an excuse to exercise a decade long military campaign in it’s fight against terror across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Conspiracy or no conspiracy, Osama’s death is obviously important and his location even more so. While Pakistan continues to play games, the US has pumped Pakistan with monetary aid to eventually give a safe haven to Osama, we need no conspiracy theorist to educate us on this. And here in India, we keep Kasab well fed and safe in jail. The cell in which Kasab resides is so safe that nothing would happen to it even if it were bombed! I await the day of Kasab’s death announcement albeit I do not expect our Prime Minister to gallantly address the nation in this regard like the way Obama did. American pride is at it’s best display right now, where is ours?

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41 Responses to “Conspiracy theory around Osama and Obama…”

  1. The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones.

    Mark Antony in William Shakespeare’a “Julius Caesar”

    • Mark Antony in William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caeser”

    • Recall this.. Wonder what he would have said at the time of Osama’s burial at sea..

      • And thus I clothe my naked villainy
        With old odd ends, stol’n forth of holy writ;
        And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.

        William Shakespeare, in “King Richard III”

    • “When good men die their goodness does not perish, but lives though they are gone. As for the bad, all that was theirs dies and is buried with them.”

      Euripides

    • Half full or half empty?

      • Neither. I think Bill is more accurate. The good that goes with a person can never be replicated. Expressed wisdom does not compensate the person.

        Even Shakespeare’s words can hardly describe his wisdom!

      • A good person is missed when he/she is gone.

        That tilts the scales in his favor.

    • Reader, wanted to thank you. Received the book today ! Thanks a ton !

  2. This is my favorite song right now, from a tamil movie called Ko, a blockbuster, will watch it when I am in India.. has nothing to do with Osama or Obama ..

  3. Okay Mother’s Day specials:

    This refrain in this song is:

    … … … We have never seen Him ever, but why do we need to see Him?
    … … … Oh Ma, Oh Ma, how could His face be any different from yours!

  4. Ma bachchon ki kya hoti hai
    Woh hote hain kismat waale jinki ma hoti

    … … … What is a mother to a child
    … … … They have a destiny who have a mother

    Kitni sundar hai, tu kitni sheetal hai
    Nyaari nyaari hai, O Ma, O Ma

    … … … You are so beautiful, you are so placid
    … … … Unlike anyone, O Ma, O Ma

    Tu Kitni achchi hai, tu kitni bholi hai
    Pyaari pyaari hai O Ma, O Ma

    … … … You are so good, you are so innocent
    … … … You are endearing, O Ma, O Ma

  5. The Refrain here is:

    … … … My world is, Ma, in your pallium

    • Hmmm.. Pallium is not the right word… what is the mantle.. or a stole… the english equivalent of a anchal?

      • I think there is none. Western Mothers wear skirts, the child crawls into their lap.

        This brings up a thought: Many children, including me when I was very little, carry around a “security blanket”. My Mother kept mine and I still have it.

        Perhaps that is because their Mothers lack the anchal.

  6. The Mother has a unique place in Indian Cinema.

    Some of the top hits have mothers in the climax scenes at the end of the movie!

  7. Anand Khare Says:

    Thanks Reader,

    Very happy to know that it is coming. Hope I will be able to understand the stuff.

    Regards,

    Anand

  8. Anand Khare Says:

    kathin safar bhee asani se nikalata jata hai,
    Yeh meri maa kee duaon ka asar lagata hai….

  9. Anand Khare Says:

    Mother’s ‘aanchal’ is kid’s security blanket, sheet, swing, viel, towel almost everything. I remember I deliberately dried my hand with my mother’s saree after dinner whenever returned from hostel. She would smile as if she was missing that.

  10. Aishwarya Says:

    Sharmila,

    Same here! 🙂

    Heard it for the first time yesterday…couldn’t understand the lyrics well (my Senthamizh is not all that good, sadly), so I found one with English subtitles and now I love the song all the more!

    I must add that the subtitles are really good, for a change… 🙂
    Here it is…

  11. Muraliraja Says:

    Sharmila,
    There is no spoiler in that song…I assure you. Btw, I want to tell this..watch this movie without reading any review or storyline-One way to enjoy this movie to the full extent.

    • I so LOVE the song.. its just Cinderella makes it sound little silly.. but, its best to ignore it as you suggest. Yep, I will watch it, when I am in India.. getting there tomorrow, cant wait!

      • Muraliraja Says:

        Welcome..welcome! As you know(I guess so)…this year summer in Bangalore is quiet soft…unlike Chennai…41 degree…still soaring!

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