Monday, May 02, 2011

After Osama: Stop feeding the beast

The real lesson to be learned from the bin Laden saga.
After years of former Pakistani military dictator General Musharraf assuring the world that bin Laden was either dead or in Afghanistan, he was found and dispatched by US special forces in the town of Abbottabad, a mere 30 miles - 50km - as the crow flies from the capital Islamabad.

Abbottabad is a colonial era army "cantonment" or garrison town and home to the Pakistan Military Academy PMA Kakul, less than two miles from the compound in question. To put it in perspective, it is like capturing Carlos the Jackal just down the road from West Point or Sandhurst.

The notion that Pakistan’s all pervasive Army-controlled Inter-Services Intelligence was unaware of bin Laden's presence beggars belief.
Blame Bush!

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