Today is a good day for America and Americans.
On Sunday, the 1 of May 2011, an elite team of US Seals (SEAL Team #6), purportedly ended the life of Osama Bin Laden, our #1 enemy, may his name be for a curse, forever. OBL, dubbed “Geronimo” after the elusive Apache war chief who eluded the United States Army for years, was supposed killed in Operation Geronimo when he refused to surrender to US forces. After 10 years of searching for him, he was discovered not living in the mountains of Afghanistan in some freezing mountain cave, as many assumed, but freely, undisturbed and untroubled by the authorities, in comfort in a desirable Pakistani neighbourhood, in the suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan. How he managed to live in Pakistan in a compound in a popular summer resort a short drive from the national capital, Islamabad, is an enormous and dangerous embarrassment for Pakistan’s government. Extremely pointed questions are now certain to be asked about whether the ISI or its various branches and minions, knew of the existence of the highly unusual, heavily fortified, expensively built compound in Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad – and of its high-value, low-profile tenant.
The building, about eight times the size of other nearby houses, sat on a large plot of land that was relatively secluded when it was built in 2005. The villa had comprehensive security measures in place, the official said, including 12- to 18-foot outer walls topped with barbed wire and internal walls. Like some kind of medieval keep, two security gates restricted access. Only a few windows of the three-story building faced outwards, and its terrace had a seven-foot privacy wall, officials said. According to US sources, OBL was buried at sea to prevent his followers from creating a martyr site at his grave.
MEMRI reported that:
In an article on the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, senior Pakistani editor Badar Alam notes that Pakistan, which had been claiming that the Al-Qaeda leader was not on Pakistani soil, has suffered a major setback to its image and trustworthiness, especially in its relationship with its neighboring nations and the U.S.
“Not that Pakistan has a great international image to speak of. But whatever trust or goodwill the country has been trying to build vis-à-vis Afghanistan, India and the United States in the recent past has suffered a serious blow,” wrote Badar Alam, who is editor of the Dawn media group’s Herald magazine.
He added: “The fact that the most wanted international terrorist, and a sworn enemy of Pakistan’s state and government, has been residing within a stone’s throw from the country’s military academy is something that will continue to disturb and upset many in the country.”
News of the death of OBL was met in the Muslim world with mixed reactions. Israeli MK Ibrahim Sarsoor of the extremist Arab list Ra’am Ta’al called the assassination of Osama Bin Laden a “murder” and said that it was carried out as part of Barack Obama’s preparations for the next presidential elections. The MK may be right. President Obama is not known for acting unilaterally and I suspect his approval of this operation may have been politically motivated to capture the re-election in 2012.
Iranian Majlis National Security Commission chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi raised doubts about whether bin Laden had actually been killed, saying that the U.S. had made similar announcements before. Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt deputy leader Dr. ‘Issam Al-‘Arian said that bin Laden’s death removes one of the reasons for violence in the world, and predicted that revenge would come.
Calling Evil Good
Gaza Hamas prime minister Isma’il Haniya said that despite the dispute between Hamas and Al-Qaeda, Hamas condemns the assassination of “jihad fighter” Osama bin Laden. The Gaza-based website Al Qassamreports that the Gaza leader told reporters on Monday that Bin Laden was an “Arab holy warrior.” Similarly, Arabs in the village of Silwan, adjacent to the City of David neighborhood in Jerusalem, rioted Monday night in protest over the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. The rioters threw stones at police and attempted to block roads.
Hamas reached a “reconciliation” agreement with Fatah last week, calling for the formation of a joint interim government in the coming days, and preparations for elections a year from now throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The agreement was hailed by most left-wing and anti-Israel organizations, but even President Shimon Peres, a strong supporter of a two-state solution and the Oslo process, said, “Israel would like to see the Palestinian people become united for peace – [but] this is not an agreement, this is a split. Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization. According to this agreement Hamas doesn’t have to change their charter that calls for the destruction of Israel, they can continue to shoot at us as they did when firing [last month] on a yellow school bus [and murdering a teenager]. Hamas is a branch of Iran – Iran, Hamas and Hizbullah want a union for war…” (ISN)
The Tanakh gives strong warning to those to praise and exalt the likes of Osama Bin Laden and his followers:
“Woe to those who speak of evil as good and of good as evil; who make darkness into light and light into darkness; the make bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)
Hamas like Iran and a whole host of deranged Jihadists, has called for the destruction of Israel. The fact that the PA has agreed to unity with Hamas further delegitimize the Palestinian people. Any people that straps bombs on their children is a debased society that has no place in a civilized world let alone as “peace partners” with Israel. Any people that would use such tactics actually love death, even worship it. This characteristic is akin the idolatry of the pagan nations who sacrificed their children to false gods such as Molech, Chemosh, Asherah, Baal and now Allah. Proverbs 8:36 tells us those who love death actually hate HaShem, the Creator.
In the coming days we shall be able to see what effect the OBL death will have on the radical Muslim world. Will the Jihadist world seek revenge for OBL’s death or will cooler heads prevail? It is my guess that given the thin skin of the Islamic Jihadists, that things will only heat up now that their hero is dead. This in itself could pave the way for Islam to proclaim the coming of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi, the long awaited Muslim Saviour.
Read the MEMRI post on reactions to the OBL killing.