VT Exclusive: Troubling Questions about Bin Laden’s Reported death

by Asif Haroon Raja

Hardly a week has lapsed since the shattering news of helicopter assault by US SEALs leading to Osama bin Laden’s death and already several branches have sprouted from the trunk of the original story.
Too many doubts are being expressed about the authenticity of the claims made by rejoicing US leaders. As the clouds of skepticism are getting thicker, euphoria of US leadership is correspondingly getting deflated.

The big question which troubles ones mind is as to why the US decided to keep Pakistan outside the loop and went for a solo action. Why did it not want to share victory with Pakistan?

Pakistan Coat of Arms

Did it not contemplate the negative fallout effect of its unilateralism? Did it not chew over the possibility that Pakistan might dissociate itself from war on terror at this critical stage and gains made over Osama might get jeopardized?


If so, why was it so sure that Pakistan would ignore it as it had ignored drone attacks? Kayani, Pasha and Rao Qamar couldn’t have possibly given the guarantee since the axe fell upon them.

Were it the Zardari-Gilani-Malik-Haqqani combine who stood as guarantors that Pakistan will play down the act of violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and let it pass? Could it be that Zardari and Gilani prevailed upon Kayani and Pasha that one-time action may be allowed to save the relationship with USA from sinking?

Prime Minister Gilani

Or that Pakistan after learning about Osama’s location considered it too risky to catch him because of militant’s backlash and passed on the baby to USA? Or Pakistan ceded to US request to enable it to justify its early withdrawal from Afghanistan on a winning note?

Is it that the US was cash strapped and couldn’t afford payment of head money in case of a joint action with Pakistan which had provided the initial breakthrough? Or was the US political and military leadership too starved for some sort of victory having an element of glory that it wanted to stand alone on the victory stand?

General Pasha and Leon Panetta

Or was it personal vendetta of Leon Panetta against Shuja Pasha and he wanted to teach him a lesson and satiate his hurt ego? Or the US wanted to embarrass Pakistan by putting it in a tight corner so that it was in no position to disobey its dictates or show defiance in future?


Or the US wanted to fire a testing round to test Pakistan’s early warning and air defence capabilities and judge its response action?

Or it was a hoax to cash upon the ghost of Osama? Or was it to stir up uprising in Pakistan similar to the ones in Arab countries and then make it a pretext to take actions as in case of Libya?

Or it wanted to provoke Pakistan to react and then make it a pretext to go to war and seize Pakistan’s nukes?

Pakistan Nukes

Knowing the psychology of American troops who resort to the option of boots on ground as a last resort only, they make doubly sure that there is not even 1% risk of casualties before undertaking any adventure.


Operation ‘Get Geronimo’ in military garrison of Abbottabad and that too noisy was like landing plum in the middle of dense minefield with too many risks.

Did it not amount to a suicide attack with 60-40% success rate? Besides the casualty factor, in case of an aborted mission, it would have had crippling effects on the political future of Obama and the Democrats.

Joint action with Pakistan would have nullified the negative prospects to quite an extent and major blame would have come on Pakistan.

Even if we blindly accept the one-sided US story, how come Osama being a trained fighter with no dearth of chivalry chose to live in a house which had no protection? Like the minefield being of no value unless covered with fire, high walls of the house are of no consequence without inner protective shield.

Going by the lifestyle of Osama, he was not the man to get caught and killed so easily. Why didn’t Osama convert his house into a mini fortress to give a last battle and dig a secret tunnel to hide or to escape? No heavy weapons, explosives, hand grenades, ammunition belts, suicide jackets were found.

Since the house was devoid of arsenal and he had not put up token resistance even with his personal weapon, it means Osama had given up militancy and was leading a quiet and peaceful life with his family. Was it fair to kill an unarmed man?

Burial at Sea

Pretext of his burial at sea is unconvincing since the Afghans are not inclined to the idea of shrines.

Osama was wanted since 2001 dead or alive. How come, when the golden trophy was seized, it was disposed off in indecent haste rather than displaying it in all the 50 states of USA?

All these are troubling conjectures mainly because of jumbled responses of our leaders. The fact that our top leadership remained mum for one week speaks volumes about its possible complicity. President has yet to utter a word on this tragic incident.

Exposure made by Wikileaks about our leaders on the issue of drones is still fresh in our minds. It disgusted the people to find our leaders busy making new political alliances to preserve their hold on power at a time when country’s sovereignty lay in tatters.

Prime Minister Galani at Parliament

Suspicions of the public were further reinforced when the PM in his belated speech in the National Assembly on 9 May failed to chastise USA for stabbing Pakistan in the back. He was expected to denunciate the US intrusion in a firm tone.


There was an element of bellicosity and rhetoric but his speech lacked the desired punch. He didn’t deem it fit to say that the US act constituted a breach of country’s sovereignty and was violation of international laws, and that not only the matter will be referred to the UN but any future adventure of this sort will be retaliated with full force.

U.S. Drones

How could Gilani jump to the conclusion that it was an intelligence failure when no inquiry had been conducted? He could say that it was failure of political leadership since till then it had remained in a state of limbo.


While delivering his insipid speech, he neither looked ashamed or indignant. He performed the ritual to stave off mounting pressure and to buy time and not to assuage the hurt feelings of the people.

Instead of removing the clouds of despair and hopelessness, he further disheartened the nation. Why he couldn’t behave like Fidel Castro, Ahmedanijad, Chavez or Qaddafi in these testing times to cheer up the people suffering from wounded pride and sense of extreme insecurity?

Overlaping and Conflicting Interests

The nation would have felt heartened if he had boldly confessed that it was his mistake to liberalize the visa policy which enabled 7000 undesirable elements from USA to sneak into Pakistan and enabled CIA to establish a full-fledged network with resources far greater than ISI.


He should have candidly admitted that it was because of policy of appeasement of his government and that of Musharraf’s government that enabled the US to micro manage Pakistan’s domestic affairs and encouraged it to first target FATA with drones and then carryout this brazen attack deep inside Pakistan.

He should have sacked the two US pawns Malik and Haqqani and then tendered his own resignation. Nothing of the sort happened. Despite being stabbed in the back, our leaders do not want to free Pakistan from the suffocating embrace of USA since it is still breathing.

About the writer: Asif Haroon is a defence analyst. Email: [email protected]

The US has yet to furnish proofs that Osama was killed. No photograph of his dead body within the Abbottabad house or before and during his burial at sea has been displayed.

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24 Responses to "VT Exclusive: Troubling Questions about Bin Laden’s Reported death"

  1. ,  May 15, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Zadari and his government are puppets of the US,he can’t even go to the boys room without getting permission from Obama.

  2. Don  May 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Why is the author making the assumption that Bin Laden was actually killed on that day…? We only have the US authorities word that he did, and the last time we all accepted their word, one million Iraqis ended up dead.

    I’ve notice quite a few dubious articles here in the last week… and cant help thinking if this website has been ‘taken over’…

  3. Pantagruella  May 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

    If you want to see a much more convincing firefight between Americans and terrorists check out the climax of the film The Kingdom. In that film the terrorists had rocket launchers. I was reading a book called Not A Good Day To Die about some obscure firefight in Afghanistan. In that account the terrorists would exchange fire with American soldiers. In the same book it shows that the Navy Seals are not supermen like Jason Bourne, as we might imagine. I think they are running out of terrorists and out of weapons.Anyway stop worrying about terrorists. Start worrying about the Russians and the Chinese.

  4. Ken Rechtstein  May 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Excellent-insightful analysis of the factual situation re. the raid on “Been Lying Compound” in Abbottabad and the many unanswered questions that make implausible the official version, telling us that “An unarmed Osama Bin Laden” was shot dead May 1rst, 2011 by a Seal Commando, carrying undetected said action deep in Pakistani territory.

    No Corpse, no impartial witnesses, doubtful evidence (videos) presented of the alleged Bin Laden living in the compound and contradictory informations given by the US Govt about what and how Osama’s killing happened…

    There is no doubt that Pakistani Officials at the highest level (Govt-Military) have a lot of explanations to give to their own people and to the world for their involvement or their lack of action… Until then all remain confused and unfocused.

  5. esa  May 13, 2011 at 3:33 am

    how weak the pakistan security, any body can go into the country without been detected……

  6. hardtruth  May 13, 2011 at 1:19 am

    What’s the source of this Bin Laden report. It comes out of an evil regimental “thought pattern” which is documented in the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmudic adherents are an intellectual army that covertly attack and destroys our Country. There ammo is “lies and deception”. They walk in lock-step. Would Bin Larden [pun] be one of these lies? Yes.

  7. Howard T. Lewis III  May 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Yes, Osama bin Laden has been dead for 10 years. I saw a photo of two dead males allegedly murdered in this ‘raid’. One of them does look alot like Osama bin laden when he was about 35 years old. But obvious differences in facial dimension and proportion preclude any possibility. This fellow was murdered as an alley-rat class publicity stunt and I resent the hell out of it being done in my name as a loyal American. This was one of the lowest pieces of American foreign policy of all time.
    The Vince Foster case and trying to determine who was leading that parade provided much good intelligence about the total lack of character or integrity we could expect with the Bush-Clinton clan in charge. I really want to hear Obama’s version of how he got those long scars all over the back of his head. Lobotomies are done with a narrow blade through an eye socket, just over an eye. Read Dr. Muniz(1950s and 1960s old stuff.) of Portugal’s papers on lobotomies. They raise a point of contention difficult to ignore.

    The M.O. of this deed in Pakistan is consistent with the painters during the construction of the WTCs I and II not being told they were spraying a thermi(a)te impregnated primer on the steel as construction progressed. And for all you numbskulls out there, YES. IT DID HAPPEN JUST LIKE THAT SO COWBOY UP AND STOP MEWLING. THIS INFO IS NOT UP FOR JUDGEMENT. IT IS ABOVE JUDGEMENT. The U.S. is experiencing a coordinated attack by forces desperate to avoid loss. OWO+CFR=NWO.

  8. spirittoo  May 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Usama Bin Laden died back in 2001 of kidney failure. Before he died he stated he had nothing to do with 911, apparently the FBI can’t find any evidence that Bin Laden was behind 911. So what’s with the fake operation? Is the US gearing for another false flag attack like 911? It’s pretty clear they want WW3 to begin. More money for the banks, corrupt politicians and military industrial complex.

  9. j r  May 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

    In spite that the only evidence the US has provided other than the words of proven liars, it look like the scam has worked in convincing the American sheeple. Once again they have proven American exceptional, exceptionally stupid.

  10. Robin  May 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    — “The big question which troubles ones mind is as to why the US decided to keep Pakistan outside the loop and went for a solo action. Why did it not want to share victory with Pakistan?” —

    In a fictitious war, finding a fictitious diabolical Mastermind, killing The fictitious Mastermind, claiming to have dumped the non-existent Fictitious body in that Ocean that is just off the tropical coast of Afghanistan, and then claiming that the fictitious man’s fictitious sons and wives are now asking questions and on and on and on. If you were running this charade, Would you want Pakistan or any other international eyewitnesses around?

  11. hareli  May 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Al-Jazzera video of OBL’s compound after the raid:

    Looks like a messed up storage depot. No shots that I could see of the wall baseboards visible in the OBL-watching-TV video, nor the two-toned walls. The paint job I can understand, but you don’t build a house and install baseboards on a room-by-room basis.

    OBL is a five-day old dead tuna.

  12. J M Damon  May 12, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for insight into Pakistan’s dilemma resulting from the “Obamasama Affair.”
    In the absence of a corpus delicti, the only evidence we have of Osama’s demise in 2011 instead of 2001 is the assurance of Washington’s premier politician supported by underlings.
    It is a venerable truism that “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
    The Obama corollary to this would seem to be “…But I can fool most of the people most of the time.”

  13. Soap Box  May 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Do you mean ‘The Lie House’?

  14. Duffster  May 12, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Very likely true..but Panetta needed a ‘notch’ also.

  15. Bob Loblaw Jr  May 12, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Had a thought. Gates is retiring. Gates has been the real ruler of the state for some time now. This “mission accomplished” moment is just a celebratory notch in Gates’ pistol grip so he can hang it on the wall in his den.

  16. AntiSemantic, Hates Double Talk & Duplicity  May 12, 2011 at 5:11 am

    THEY are the masters of both deceit and terrorism. As well versed interrorisn as the Rahm Emannuel family is the war on terror should have been over by now, after all THEY wrote the book on it!


  17. Vincent Nunes  May 12, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Rather than The Sting…this misadventure is more like Three Days of The Condor…except I say that we change the ending of that movie…we MUST publish the TRUTH.

  18. henry  May 12, 2011 at 3:31 am

    thoughtful article — thank you

  19. foo  May 12, 2011 at 3:01 am

    A guy walks into a bar, and the bartender asks, “What can I get you?”
    “An ‘Osama.'”
    “An ‘Osama?’ Never heard of it. What is it?”
    “A single shot and a splash of water.”
    Evidence from multiple reliable sources documents that the real Osama died of natural causes in mid-December, 2001. The “Osama” videos were fakes; they used ringers.

    One might say that the one in the compound raid was a dead ringer.
    Osama was known to be afflicted with Marfan Syndrome, an incurable genetic condition. As a result, he suffered from renal failure.

    Yet no dialysis machine was found in the compound.

    One might say that the raid was a piss-poor operation.
    Yes, laugh at them, Ridicule them. Poke fun at them. Show total contempt for them.

    Or am I just flogging a dead Arabian stallion?

  20. Greg Bacon  May 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Thank Odin the ‘Osama Bin Lying’ flap got those stories about Big Oil having another quarter of record profit off the front page and put Donald Trump into the also ran column.

    Ask yourself this: When’s the last time you believed anything that came out of the White House?

  21. Debbie Menon  May 12, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Btw, where is Pasha ??

    I have yet to hear a statement by him. Has anyone heard from him ?

  22. Bill  May 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I heard on the radio that Obama invited that foreign agent Joe Lieberman and a couple of other Senators to the WH to see the pictures..Hmmmm…But what can the Repubs do? It’s like Robert Shaw’s character ( Doyle Lonnigan ) in The Sting after being cheated by Henry Gondorf ( Newman ); “What was I supposed to do? Accuse him of cheating better than me in front of the others?!”

  23. Derek  May 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    It always amazes me that America expects to get away with carrying out murders anywhere in the world but will bomb the hell out of you if anybody dared try that in America, weo of Zionistan of course. zio mindsets. Too quick to tar people terrorists when dishing out the most terror on them. “War on terror” I ask you! Nuke Israhell then

  24. Gordon Duff  May 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Excellent stuff.
    This is one of the articles Americans need to pay attention to.

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