What Abbottabad Means: Elements in Pakistan’s Military were Shielding Osama bin Laden

Before President Obama had Osama bin Laden dispatched, Spiegel reports that Bin Laden was living large in a high-end neighborhood shared by Pakistani generals:

It had long been assumed that he [Osama bin Laden] was hiding out in a cave somewhere in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he had been living in comfort behind high walls and barbed wire in a luxury residence worth around $1 million dollars, a US government official told Reuters.

The compound had neither an Internet nor a telephone connection. According to the New York Times, the al-Qaida terrorists inside burned their rubbish themselves rather than putting it outside for collection. . . .

Although densely populated, Abbottabad is regarded as one of Pakistan’s most beautiful cities. An interesting detail is that many Pakistani generals live here, and that the building is close to a military academy. . . .

The house at the end of a narrow dirt road is roughly eight times larger than other homes in the area.

And this was in the Los Angeles Times:

[The house had] extraordinary security features, a senior intelligence official said. Its 12- and 18-foot walls were topped with barbed wire. Internal walls provided extra security. It had no Internet or telephone connection. And its resident burned trash rather than dumping it.

It was officials said, exactly the kind of place that would harbor Bin Laden. In fact, they said, the U.S believed the compound was built precisely for that purpose five years ago, although it remains unknown when exactly Bin Laden and his family arrived there.

But they never knew for certain it was the Al Qaeda leader. The size of his family matched up — and analysts ultimately had “high confidence” he was living there with his youngest wife and other family members.

And:

That Bin Laden was caught in the heart of the Pakistani state may deepen the mistrust between the U.S. and its nominal anti-terrorist ally, which is the recipient of billions of dollars in U.S. military aid.

Ya think?

Let’s speak plainly: there are at least some al-Qaeda sympathetic elements in the Pakistani military that conspired to shelter Osama bin Laden, and if those elements ever succeed in taking control of the government as a whole, the world will be on the brink of a nuclear war (Pakistan has 60-100 nuclear weapons).

This is the most important news here. Abbottabad. Not that a cult figure is dead, but where he was found. Sobriety about Pakistan’s political, religious, and cultural condition—not jubilation—is what locating and killing Osama bin Laden should have registered (and will register as people think about it some more).

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to What Abbottabad Means: Elements in Pakistan’s Military were Shielding Osama bin Laden

  1. mary says:

    RightWingIndian feels that “that the events over the next 2-3 years in this theatre are going to pan out somewhat like this:

    A major precipitating event
    Total meltdown in Pakistan
    Messy and violent exit of the Americans
    Bloody aftermath and vortex of violence.”

    The writer then outlines what each of these sequences might be. The first could be

    “A dirty bomb (nuclear) attack by terrorists on India or a western country (could even be on Australia – as it has very weak defences)
    A brazen attack and acquisition of Pakistani nuclear bombs and missiles by Jihadis
    An assassination of a senior American / Western / Indian leader, or even the Pakistani Army Chief, by Pakistani jihadis
    A major attack by jihadis on China (Xinjiang)
    You see, any of the above possible triggers will force the hand of the impacted country to attack Pakistan (even the perpetually full of “extraordinary restraint” India will not be able to withstand public outrage this time).”

    http://rightwingdian.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/the-impending-af-pak-fak-ap/

  2. Thank you Mary for posting my link here and quoting from my blogpost.

    I feel that Osama’s killing is the precursor to the events that I have outlined in my blogpost. I have put a follow-up post on the CRI website, post Osama’s death. The link is given below:

    http://centreright.in/2011/05/the-coming-global-jihad-after-osama%e2%80%99s-death/#disqus_thread

    Thanks again.

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