Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Top 10 ways Osama Bin Laden could have been found and killed

With all this talk about Osama Bin Laden's death and demise, I was thinking about how he died, or how he could have died. I wondered what my top ten desired ways would have been that would make me happy.

First, let me mention this Bin Laden related FBI cyber warning. Don't be so curious about his death, it may cause you computer grief.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, I realized that the best way to get rid of him, was to simply have him, Disappeared. Or perhaps, found in a compromising position, something to discredit him, to turn his followers away from him in disgust. A lady on talk radio this week said she thought he should have been buried with a pig. People are getting out their frustration, anger and sorrow out, all in different ways.

Here's my top ten:

10. Melted, in perhaps, aqua regia, used sometimes to dissolve gold

9. Incinerated

8. Flown to Antarctica and dropped alive, in a remote crevasse; I'd give him many ten minutes to freeze?

7. Died in a gas leak at home

6. An "Accidental" car accident

5. Hantavirus infection from mouse droppings in his house

4. A wood chipper "accident"

3. Killed in a tall building by way of an aircraft crashing into it

2. Blown up by a suicide bomber (push the definition, make him the suicide)

1. Found at home, in bed, with young male prostitutes, death by heroin overdose with plenty of unacceptable porno laying around and a syphilis infection.

But then again....

 Lawrence Wright

I was listening today to NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross where she interviewed Lawrence Wright (May 2, 2011). New Yorker staff writer Wright has spent the past 15 years of his career thinking about al-Qaida. Wright assesses what bin Laden's death means for the future of al-Qaida and the United States' relationship with Pakistan.

 Listen to the Fresh Air interview here: Lawrence Wright: Bin Laden's Death 'Long In Coming'

Part of what he said is below, and I think it was incredibly acute and poignant. When you have a character like this, you need to get the most out of his death. You need to manipulate and advocate. But you need to be open, honest, and heartfelt. Three of my favorite things to do when I have a tough choice, or deal with a harsh situation.

He said he would like to have heard Bin Laden were caught and taken to deal with who he is:

"You have to deal with his legacy, and not make him a martyr. Take him to Kenya, where in August 6th 1998 where he set off a bomb at the American Embassay killing 229 people and wounding and blinding 150 Africans. So let him sit in a courtroom in Nairobi and explain to all these blind Africans that he was just striking at a symbol of American power. That's just getting started.

"Then take him to Tanzania where on the same day he set off another bomb killing eleven people there, all of them, Muslims. Bin Laden excused that because it was Friday and all Good Muslims should be at Mosque.

"That would be a wonderful venue to talk about what a good Muslim actually is.

"And then, you could bring him to America where he could answer for the death of the seventeen Sailors on the USS Cole in October 2000 and the 3,000 Americans who died  on 9/11. But you don't have to stop there, you could take him so many places. Casablanca, Madrid, London, Bali.

"Then take him one last place, take him home [Saudi Arabia], and have him tried under Sharia law. Which is the only law which he and his followers would respect. And if he's convicted, he would be taken to a square in downtown Ryad. And the executioner is a big man with a long sword. It's Saudi custom for the executioner to go out to the crowd is composed of the victims of the condemned man and ask if he is forgiven and if they couldn't do that then the executioner would do his job and bin laden would be taken and buried in an unmarked wahabi graveyard.

"And I thought in that manner you could begin to roll back his awful legacy."

Actually, all kidding aside, Lawrence was thinking along the lines that I was on Monday and he gave his view of how he would like to have seen Osama handled when captured. I was concerned myself that making him a Martyr was a bad idea. Disappearing him, is only second to that. But the best way to to discredit someone using their own philosophy or laws against them.

He also said he thinks that plans that were in the making will now be rushed to completion and carried out, either by his own group, or one of their affiliates.

Al-Aqsa Mosque imam vows to avenge killing of Osama bin Laden in Youtube video. 'Dogs should not rejoice too much for killing lions'.
Omar, not Osama's replacement?

Osama bin Laden's son Omar bin Laden warned ABC News in an exclusive interview last year that if the U.S. succeeded in killing his father the al Qaeda leadership that would follow would be "much, much worse."

Omar bin Laden turned his back on his father's philosophy, a remarkable step for a man in an Arab culture where it is a sin to disobey his father and taboo to openly criticize him. It was doubly significant for Omar bin Laden because his father had picked him to succeed him as the leader of jihad.

Omar bin Laden spoke out shortly after hearing his father in an audio tape praise the attempt by the so-called "underwear bomber" to blow up a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009:
"Attacking peaceful people is not being fair, it is unacceptable. If you have a problem with armies or governments you should fight those people. This is what I find unacceptable in my father's way," Omar told ABC News.

Omar had a chilling warning for those who were hunting his father with drones, secret agents and missile strikes. From Omar bin Laden's up-close look at the next generation of mujahideen and al Qaeda training camps he says the worst may lie ahead, that if his father is killed America may face a broader and more violent enemy, with nothing to keep them in check.

"From what I knew of my father and the people around him I believe he is the most kind among them, because some are much, much worse," Omar bin Laden, who was raised in the midst of his father's fighters, told ABC News in an exclusive interview in February 2010. "Their mentality wants to make more violence, to create more problems."

These are still not unsimilar to street gangs and punks be punks, whether they try to kill people or not, whether they have more room to move around in or more sophisticated weaponry, or not. They are criminals and the more countries realize that, the faster everyone will become safe from their childish wanking ways.

Even Osama's family thought he was a chump. Really, they need to get a life. But the gist of the trade wind is, trouble is on the horizon for killing the guy. Lawrence was most likely, right. Then again, sometimes, you can't catch a cockroach and once you get the chance, you simply need to squish it, hit it with a rolled up bamboo mat (did that in Hawaii one time); kill it any chance you get and when it took you ten years to finally get a crack at it, maybe the only way to do it was to shoot first and not ask questions later.

But if they are going to return fire from the Osama camp, I would only ask that if they are going to try killing people, they pick on someone face to face and be a man about it, face them down and give them a chance like we gave Osama, and not;blow up women and children and old men with a hidden bombs like cowards; be it planted or suicide, because suicide bombing is cowardly. You want to be brave? Stick around and deal with changing the world, think, struggle, work hard, speak for change; now that, is hard work. Blowing yourself up is the easy way out.

On the other hand, it may indeed lead to the end of al-Qaida sooner than later, however, probably not without the lives of more innocents. When they hide, as they have been, they are hard to find, as in the cockroach metaphor, but when they strike, it's far easier to pull out a can of "Raid" and melt them down into the dirt. If they want to attack innocent civilians, there is little we can do until the crime is committed. At this point, it feels more like an FBI operation than a CIA one. They need to stop being killed and start being put in jail for crimes against Humanity and like Lawrence said, humiliated by their own kind as even by their own religion and laws, they have broken the rules.

And that is indeed, what makes them criminal.

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