Global Research | 13 May 2015
Osama bin Laden is back in the news this week with Seymour Hersh’s recent article The Killing of Osama bin Laden, which exposes the lies of the official narrative. While Hersh does not challenge the official assertion that bin Laden was killed in 2011 by U.S. Special Forces “his narrative is a far more robust and believable story than the account spun by the propaganda of the Obama administration and the corporate media,” Niles Williamson argues.
Several authors have claimed that bin Laden died many years before Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad. A funeral Notice for Osama bin Laden dated December 26, 2001 was even published in the Egyptian newspaper al-Ward.
The legality of this operation was also questioned by experts in extrajudicial executions, human rights and counter terrorism.
The following selection of articles will hopefully help clear some of the fog around this story.
Hersh’s source makes absolutely clear that it was the intention of the Obama administration from the outset to kill bin Laden, and that this was enthusiastically supported by all concerned, the Pakistanis and the Saudis, for the time-honored reason that “dead men tell no tales.”
Volumes of evidence separate fact from fiction. On July 11, 2002, The New York Times said “Osama bin Laden is dead. (He) died in December and was buried in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan.”
Osama bin Laden’s Obituary Notice. December 26, 2001
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
A prominent official in the Afghan Taleban movement announced yesterday the death of Osama bin Laden, the chief of al-Qa’da organization, stating that bin Laden suffered serious complications in the lungs and died a natural and quiet death.
“The norm should be that terrorists be dealt with as criminals, through legal processes of arrest, trial and judicially decided punishment,” experts state.
While the unmasking by Hersh of the White House account of the Navy Seal operation against Osama bin Laden is welcome, it is fitting to note that little regarding accounts of the man’s life, be it his vocation as a terrorist, or his ultimate death, could ever be regarded as credible.