The Anonymous Widower

Pakistan Does Things Differently

If say a Hungarian, a Latvian or a Frenchman had helped the Americans find Osama Bin Laden, he would have probably been given a reward.

But not Pakistan, where the Doctor who may have helped the Americas locate Bin Laden, was given a thirty year jail sentence for treason. It’s reported here on the BBC. I should have thought they would have praised him, especially, as Al Qaida has been responsible for the deaths of a large number of Pakistani citizens. Eight Pakistanis actually died in the attacks of September 11th and they are detailed here.

So what could have been their real motive?

May 23, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

He’s Done More Damage and Killed More than Bin Laden

Someone has just said this on BBC Breakfast about Ratko Mladic.

Let’s hope he gets his final rewards in the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, just like Bin Laden should have faced a similar court!

But will the arrest of Ratko Mladic be a force for good?  Mark Urban on the BBC has tried to answer that question here.

May 27, 2011 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Addresses Parliament

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, has been speaking in the country’s parliament.  It is reported here on the BBC. This is part of the report.

He has launched a defence of Pakistan’s record in fighting terrorism, highlighting the “price paid” in civilian and military losses.

And he strongly denied that there had been any collusion between Pakistan and al-Qaeda to shelter Bin Laden.

“Allegations of complicity and incompetence are absurd,” he told MPs.

The Pakistan people have indeed paid a heavy price, but they have probably suffered just as much because of their inept and corrupt government.

May 9, 2011 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Anagrams of Osama Bin Laden

There’s a whole page here.

I like a lot of them.

May 9, 2011 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Osama Bin Laden’s Wiring

I have just been looking at some of the eletrical wiring on the latest Osama Bin Laden’s video, where he is seen watching himself.

He certainly didn’t choose his electrician with care.

May 9, 2011 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Where is Shergar?

I just heard this on Radio 5.

Now that we’ve found Osama Bin Laden, by a Pakistani military base, should we look for Shergar in Aldershot?

May 8, 2011 Posted by | World | , , , | 2 Comments

Was It Legal To Kill Osama Bin Laden?

The BBC asks this question on their web site this morning. Read it and draw your own conclusions.

May 8, 2011 Posted by | News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Has Justice Been Served by Bin Laden’s Death?

This is the header over the letter’s page of The Times today.

Of the seven letters they publish only one supports the execution of Osama Bin Laden.  Some are critical of a Times Editorial entitled Justice Served.

Even a Rear Admral is not happy about “rough justice” and states his military background does not stop him feeling uncomfortable about it. The last letter they publish, quotes that truly great American, Martin Luther King  as saying, “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

If you get a chance the letters are very much worth a read.  I think credit should also go the paper in publishing letters that take a different view to its leading article.  Surely, this underlines one of the planks of a good democracy and that is a free and constructive media.

May 7, 2011 Posted by | News | , , , | 3 Comments

Obama’s Narrow Vision

Barack Obama visited the troops, who carried out the execution of Osama Bin Laden yesterday.  Read about it here and note this extract.

Speaking before cheering troops at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Mr Obama said: “These Americans deserve credit for one of the greatest military operations in our nation’s history.”

It is not and  am reminded of President Kennedy’s words at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of a worldwide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth.

Obama has risked more worldwide terrorism by his sanctioning of the execution.

On this of all days, I fear for the future, if the many headed hydra of Al Qaeda finds a more dangerous leader than Bin Laden.

May 7, 2011 Posted by | News | , , | 2 Comments

Execution Is Not Justice

It would now appear that the death of Osama bin Laden was a deliberate execution under the orders of Barack Obama. It also appears that it might have been possible to bring the evil Bin Laden out alive, as he was unarmed.

As I have said before he should have stood trial for his heinous crimes in The Hague. 

Read this article entitled “Bin Laden’s summary execution maketh the man, martyr and myth”,  from the Sydney Morning Herald. It makes a lot of forceful points.  Here’s an extract.

The US resembles the land of the munchkins as it celebrates the death of the wicked witch of the East. The joy is understandable but, to many outsiders, unattractive. It endorses what looks increasingly like a cold-blooded assassination ordered by a president who, as a former law professor, knows the absurdity of his statement that “justice was done”.

Amoral diplomats and triumphant politicians join in applauding the summary execution of Osama bin Laden because they claim that real justice – arrest, trial and sentence – would have been too difficult in the case of public enemy No. 1. But should it not at least have been attempted?

This execution might bring closure and even vengeance to many, but it could turn out to be just a small victory in the struggle to defeat Al Qaeda. After all the death of people like Bobby Sands, was very good for recruitment to the IRA.

It was Churchill who said.

Battles are won by slaughter and manoeuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in manoeuver, the less he demands in slaughter.

Barack Obama is no great Commander-in-Chief, but he might just have done enough to win the next Presidential election.

May 4, 2011 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | 8 Comments