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Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

 

May 9th, 2011

 

Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.â€

 

(Guernica) – It’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 opposition—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 “suspects.†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 “believed†that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’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 evidence—which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we 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 Laden’s “confession,†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 Washington’s anger that Pakistan didn’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. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect†but uncontroversially the “decider†who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole†(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.

 

There’s more to say about [Cuban airline bomber Orlando] Bosch, who just died peacefully in Florida, including reference to the “Bush doctrine†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. It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew†and “Gypsy.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 ?

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Why get rid of the bod in a hurry ? I mean he humiliated you for 10 years , why not pose next to the corps at least .

 

or post a video on youtube ?

 

baloney sells but who is buying ?

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Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

 

May 9th, 2011

 

Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.â€

 

(Guernica) – It’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 opposition—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 “suspects.†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 “believed†that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’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 evidence—which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we 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 Laden’s “confession,†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 Washington’s anger that Pakistan didn’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. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect†but uncontroversially the “decider†who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole†(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.

 

There’s more to say about [Cuban airline bomber Orlando] Bosch, who just died peacefully in Florida, including reference to the “Bush doctrine†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. It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew†and “Gypsy.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

 

indeed theres no HARDevidence of bin laden being 911 mastermind and there will never be one following his demise. :sl:

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Probably the worst article Noam has ever written.

 

What do you find wrong with it?

 

I didn't agree with this part: "There is much talk of bin Laden’s “confession,” but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement." I think this totally absurd. If he didn't do it, he should have made dozens, if not hundreds of statements, that he wasn't behind the 9/11, considering the fact that fact that it lead to the invasion of a Muslim country and the death of innocents, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

 

As for the rest, well, it isn't really all that controversial, in my opinion. I agree with him on that definately Bush is a war criminal and there should have been better evidence to show that Osama was behind the attacks so the Taliban could have handed him over.

 

Of course, to an average American this probably extremely controversial.

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What do you find wrong with it?

 

I didn't agree with this part: "There is much talk of bin Laden’s “confession,†but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement." I think this totally absurd. If he didn't do it, he should have made dozens, if not hundreds of statements, that he wasn't behind the 9/11, considering the fact that fact that it lead to the invasion of a Muslim country and the death of innocents, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

 

As for the rest, well, it isn't really all that controversial, in my opinion. I agree with him on that definately Bush is a war criminal and there should have been better evidence to show that Osama was behind the attacks so the Taliban could have handed him over.

 

Of course, to an average American this probably extremely controversial.

 

perhaps you're right. there again we're supposed to uphold 'innocent until proven guilty' right? and i dont think the us gonna be satisfied with zillion 'i didnt do it, i didnt do it, i didnt do it, me not guilty, me not guilty, me not guilty, me didnt do it, me didnt do it, me didnt do it . . . . . from bin laden. :sl:

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perhaps you're right. there again we're supposed to uphold 'innocent until proven guilty' right? and i dont think the us gonna be satisfied with zillion 'i didnt do it, i didnt do it, i didnt do it, me not guilty, me not guilty, me not guilty, me didnt do it, me didnt do it, me didnt do it . . . . . from bin laden. :sl:

 

The US probably would not have been satisfied, but it would have cleared his name, if only a bit. That's for sure. Yes, we are supposed to uphold innocent until guilty. That's why I think it would have been extremely beneficial if he was caught and tried, instead of killed and dumped in the sea.

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Of course they didnt capture him, they dont have the evidence to convict. They just successfully tied up the last loose end.

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