bin laydown posted a topic in Political FrontNoam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Ladenâ€™s Death May 9th, 2011 Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that â€œwe quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.â€ (Guernica) â€“ Itâ€™s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no oppositionâ€”except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress â€œsuspects.â€ In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it â€œbelievedâ€ that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didnâ€™t know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidenceâ€”which, as we soon learned, Washington didnâ€™t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that â€œwe quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.â€ Nothing serious has been provided since. There is much talk of bin Ladenâ€™s â€œconfession,â€ but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement. There is also much media discussion of Washingtonâ€™s anger that Pakistan didnâ€™t turn over bin Laden, though surely elements of the military and security forces were aware of his presence in Abbottabad. Less is said about Pakistani anger that the U.S. invaded their territory to carry out a political assassination. Anti-American fervor is already very high in Pakistan, and these events are likely to exacerbate it. The decision to dump the body at sea is already, predictably, provoking both anger and skepticism in much of the Muslim world. We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bushâ€™s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Ladenâ€™s, and he is not a â€œsuspectâ€ but uncontroversially the â€œdeciderâ€ who gave the orders to commit the â€œsupreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the wholeâ€ (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region. Thereâ€™s more to say about [Cuban airline bomber Orlando] Bosch, who just died peacefully in Florida, including reference to the â€œBush doctrineâ€ that societies that harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves and should be treated accordingly. No one seemed to notice that Bush was calling for invasion and destruction of the U.S. and murder of its criminal president. Same with the name, Operation Geronimo. The imperial mentality is so profound, throughout western society, that no one can perceive that they are glorifying bin Laden by identifying him with courageous resistance against genocidal invaders. Itâ€™s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawkâ€¦ Itâ€™s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes â€œJewâ€ and â€œGypsy.â€ There is much more to say, but even the most obvious and elementary facts should provide us with a good deal to think about. source: Guernica Why so mad, Noam ? All the guys on Gawaher say the Seals DIDN'T kill Bin Laden. Right guys ?