Did Distrust of Pakistan Aid in The Nabbing Of Bin Laden?
Although an admired figure for some Muslims but a bogeyman and a
shadowy one for the rest, almost reminding many of an episode of a
massive heart attack, Bin Laden is suddenly dead and World is abuzz with
‘Bin Laden’- the talk of the town. Although the ‘world will be a safer place’
and his ascent to heaven after a ‘brilliant’ burial is doubted, improved
chances of Obama’s re-election isn’t.
Ever since he made the mighty empire come down to its knees with the
double hit on the twin towers, almost reminding us of Helen of Troy, this
man made nations clash. Robbed of nationhood and badly bruised but not
quite dead, akin to sacrifice for a cause, this millionaire headed for the Tora
Bora caves - where only a kind God, if not an incompetent CIA, extended
his life on Earth.
As if to make fun of ISI or to make their search for him damn easy, the Tora
Bora man suddenly appeared in front of the cantonment at Abbotabad. But
then, despite a $1 million worth property, almost like habits die hard, if not
‘Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink’, he lived uncomfortably
without the Internet
Although unlike Harrison Ford in ‘Fugitive,' CIA tracing this fugitive, who
had a bounty on his head, was a major surprise even to ISI that showed
disinterest in the bounty - if CIA’s guess is believed, the man living
comfortably under the nose of Army cantonment was a surprise to the rest
Although Pakistan is blamed for Bin Laden living right under its nose, it
inadequately implies just the closeness of distance. His residence offers
much more. Unlike Saddam aiming for the center of the world that made
searching for him difficult; causing even annoyance like Babel’s tower, Bin
Laden alarmingly aimed for the sky. While this gave a noticeable Mt.
Everest effect amongst the dwellings of lesser mortals surrounding it, even
if raised eyebrows brought by the tall wall got away with grandeur of the
rich, the upper wall must have been unusual, even for the locals, if not for
those who were contained in the cantonment nearby. In addition, while lack
of a dustbin would have been a surprise for bin men, lack of telephone
cables would have been a surprise for the telecom.
With Net being pseudo private and an easy target for CIA hacking,
although Bin laden rightly decided to have nothing to do with it, not having
one in the luxurious house in an area where even a lesser mortal created
history by tweeting about the attack only brought sheep amidst goats.
Although a primitive way of news delivery through trusted pigeon or man
has always worked, and the man’s courier still remained loyal, the latter’s
use of a plated car was too modern. While these gave obvious signals,
cocktailing of closeness of cantonment and distrust of Pakistan, answered
more. In this, although target-cantonment closeness was possibly reasoned
as ‘CIA won’t suspect,' with the ISI allegedly working the CIA and FSB
simultaneously, the USA made the logic backfire, such as not making the
USA inform Pakistan before or during the attack, the backfired distrust
reasoned ISI planted and protected him close by.
Suddenly, fitting into a jigsaw puzzle, a luxurious house with no Internet or
effluence but high walls got an addition of reasoning for nearness of
cantonment. And when the courier did a catalyst, Bin Laden had no chance
but surprise alone. And finally, almost like his flesh devoured by fish, a
brilliant sea burial gave him no physical martyrdom that he aimed for, nor
possibly a heavenly abode.
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