The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden
The Media Review Network, in noting the announcement by American President Barack Obama that the US military killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, remains concerned about the legality of the US-led “war on terror”.
We believe that the launch of this war by neocon racists in league with Israel spawned in the wake of the 9/11 atrocity provided America the means to conduct 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 “war on terror” unleashed abominable human rights violation, notably torture, rendition and detention without trial – all in pursuit of bin Laden, al Qaeda, the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, blamed for the New York outrage of 9/11.
With the news of bin Laden’s assassination in an upmarket suburb of Pakistan, close to its capital city, where he is reported to have lived for the last five years, we are compelled to raise a number of pertinent questions:
a) Given the close cooperation between the US and Pakistani intelligence/military, how was it possible for him to remain undetected for so long?
b) Given reports that he lived there with family members and without the presence of any armed guards, why was he not captured and afforded an opportunity to defend himself in an open court of law?
c) Why has the Pakistani regime opted to remain silent on this operation?
d) What do Pakistani authorities know about the operation that may contradict the official Obama version?
e) If, as President Obama claims, that they were aware of bin Laden’s whereabouts since September, why were there so many drone attacks massacring innocent Pakistanis?
The fundamental grievances raised by Osama bin Laden, that of the unfettered Western support of Israel’s horrendous crimes against humanity; its support for despotic and tyrannical regimes; the invasion and occupation of Muslim lands; and the rapacious plunder of its resources; still remain.
In addition we are dismayed with scenes of celebration in America and the insensitive pronouncements of joy made by Israeli leaders and others in Europe.
The Media Review Network remains adamant that the killing of individuals accused of the 9/11 attack, in the absence of due process is an outrageous violation of human rights and denial of access to justice.
Firoz Osman. Secretary
Media Review Network
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