05 May 2011

Anyone Remember This?

Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.
About 30 close associates of bin Laden in Al Qaeda, including his most trusted and personal bodyguards, his family members and some "Taliban friends," attended the funeral rites. A volley of bullets was also fired to pay final tribute to the "great leader."
Notice the dateline on this piece: 26 December 2001.  Obviously, there is no way to tell if this report is true.  However, this isn’t the first or only allegation of bin Laden’s death between now and December 2001, which then begs the question:  how can we be sure the government is telling the truth?
Answer:  we can’t. There is no photographic or video evidence of bin Laden’s death.  The administration has a strong reason to lie (hint: it’s politically beneficial).  How, then, can anyone be reasonably certain that bin Laden was killed this past weekend, especially since the White House keeps issuing retractions and clarifications?
Now, it is entirely possible that bin Laden was killed this past weekend.  It’s also entirely possible he died in 2001.  It’s possible he died in 2006.  It’s even possible he’s still alive.  The thing is, there is no more evidence for one assertion than for any other.  Thus, my official position is “show me the proof.” And no, the assurances of professional liars politicians doesn’t count.

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