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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bin Laden's death leaves room for conspiracy theories

The death of Osama Bin Laden has been greeted around the world euphorically, and there are suggestions that the Obama administration will get a second term of office on the back of the military and political coup, but is everything as clear cut as it at first appears?

I don't suggest for a moment that the news of Bin Laden's death is false, but the time and place, and even the nature, certainly leaves room for questioning doubt. There is much speculation that he actually died  just over nine years ago in December 2001, and there have been many reports which would appear to corroborate this. Bin Laden suffered from a kidney ailment, and it is suggested that with this being left untreated he would not have survived very long. Of course, to break the news that he had died of any sort of natural rather than military cause, does nothing for the ratings of the ruling Party. 

Unfortunately, the US agencies involved have played into the hands of those who suggest that their is some sort of conspiracy by announcing at the same time of the announcement of his death that he had been immediately buried at sea within 24 hours of his execution. This was done, so it is claimed, because it would have been difficult to find a country willing to inter his remains in their soil, and also to observe the Islamic requirement that the dead be buried within 24 hours of their dying. However, is it not highly likely that there would have been many Islamic nations who would have been more than happy to bury him within their boundaries?

I fear that the actions were taken more for political reasons than anything else, bearing in mind that, assuming the facts surrounding Bin Laden's death are correct, then a funeral held where mourners could gather would have been a powder-keg waiting to explode globally. 

Whatever the truth, the good news is that Bin Laden is dead, and that his terrorist activities have been dealt a deadly blow. Does it mean that the world is a safer place? Possibly, by a small margin, but there are still thousands of Islamic Fundamentalists waiting in the wings to follow his lead in world terrorism for the cause of Global Jihad.

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