It might seem macabre to feel relief that Osama bin Laden has purportedly been finally located and killed. Relief is pretty much the feeling across much of the world, (excepting Hamas, for the moment).
When I read the White House press release, I noticed the way they framed the temporal details of the intelligence they’d gathered: “post 9/11 detainee”, “Four years ago, “in August, 2010”. Vague, becoming more specific. Okay, so I looked into it. I’m like that.
When the identity of the courier was finally learned in 2007, (“Four years ago”), from a “post 9/11 detainee”, Senator Obama was in Texas, arguing to close Guantanamo. In January, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order to close Guantanamo in one year. In August 2010, as many servicemen had been killed on Obama’s 20 month watch, as had been in President Bush’s 8 years as Commander in Chief. Also, in August, 2010, intelligence learned the location of the residence where Osama was staying. On May 1, 2011, Osama bin Laden is reportedly dead.
Ironically, Obama is now widely credited with the successful result of the intelligence program he opposed for years.
Take a bow, Senator Obama, at least you changed direction on Gitmo when you realised you were dead wrong. Or when you realised you could use this to political advantage, as the case may be, either way.
It appears Osama bin Laden has been dealt with, which is a huge psychological boost for a world weary of islamic fundamentalist terrorism. Today’s a day to remember. The struggle isn’t over, but we can all hope this is a huge turning point.
It appears wikileaks released classified documents from gitmo on April 24, 2011, which indicate that the location of bin Laden’s designated courier with Pakistan was in Abbottabad, PK. He was arrested there in 2005, transferred to Gitmo in 2006.
One week later, on May 1, 2011, Osama bin Laden is reported dead.