By Firoz Osman – Media Review Network

(source: Sowetan Newspaper – Friday, 6/05/2011, Pg12)

Assassinations and extrajudicial killings are banned under both US and International Law, and until all the facts are established the sinister motives of the murky raid leading to the brutal murder of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan will have dire consequences.

As more information comes to light, facts such as Osama bin Laden was unarmed, the premises was not guarded and that his wife was not used as a human shield and was shot in the leg trying to protect herself- shows just how revolting and arrogant America is, a far cry from being the champion of human rights.

The Americans never showed any evidence of bin Laden’s alleged crimes. Let us recall that when the Taliban refused to extradite bin Laden to the USA, the US representatives told the Taliban,’ either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.’ The Taliban refused.

In the wake of the 9/11 atrocity, the neocons under Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney, in league with Israel, was provided with the opportunity to launch illegitimate military invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, men, women and children, have been murdered by the Western coalition.

The Taliban was even prepared to discuss turning bin Laden over to a neutral country if the US ceased its bombing of Afghanistan. But, the Bush administration said it wasn’t interested. It wanted regime change. They needed to control the oil and gas pipelines from Central Asia, through Afghanistan to the port in Pakistan.

The “war on terror” unleashed abominable human rights violation, notablytorture, rendition and detention without trial – all in pursuit of bin Laden, al Qaeda, the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, blamed for the New Yorkoutrage of 9/11. We now know that much of it was based on faulty intelligence and outright lies.

The fundamental grievances raised by Osama bin Laden, that of the unfettered Western support of Israel’s horrendous war crimes and  crimesagainst humanity; its support for despotic and tyrannical regimes denying their people freedom and democracy; the invasion and occupation of Muslim lands; and the rapacious plunder of its resources; still remain.

The only way eradicate gratuitous violence in the world is for the Western world to curb its greed, confine its gung-ho military to its ownlands and abide to International Law. The killing of individuals in theabsence of due process is an outrageous violation of human rights and denial of access to justice.

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