ED NOTE: See comments below to follow the question of Bin Laden’s existence into May 2011, when the americans announce that bin Laden has been killed. I for one do not yet believe them.
The sudden heat in Pakistan has McCain and Obama stomping and swearing to get Osama next year.
But it seems most likely that Osama died around the time of the Tora Bora bombings in late 2001, when this video was released:
Around the same time, the CIA said it found on a Jalalabad computer another video of Osama.
But the blubbery fellow therein was probably somebody else.
True, this Fatty Osama (left above, right below), as he’s generally called, has appeared twice (if memory serves). He just doesn’t seem to be bin Laden.Â His nose, to begin.Â His jocular manner. His jewelry.Â Supposedly he’s writing with the wrong hand …
Moreover, he neither sounds like nor uses language like Osama, who, acccording to arabist Bruce Lawrence, speaks in an elevated, pious and poetic style most distinct. Neither Fatty Osama’s vulgar gloating over the attacks in his first video, nor the voice on recent tapes discussing world affairs like Wolf Blitzer, come close.
Lawrence has published a book of Osama’s messages and is one of Uncle Sam’s experts on his language, diction, and their meanings.Â During 2006 he came to think something was fishy.Â Then went on radio in 2007 to spread the news:
Lawrence, citing informants in the US intelligence apparatus’s Bin Laden units, told [radio host] Kevin Barrett that everyone knows the tape is fake, adding that the hoax has been kept alive because it is politically useful to those who wish to bolster the official 9/11 conspiracy that 19 hijackers directed by Bin Laden from a cave carried out the attacks.
Here’s another arabist, once employed in the 90s to translate and analyze a real Osama tape. He agrees with Lawrence, and is good to recall that shortly after the attacks in 2001 Osama told a Pakistan paper that he had nothing to do with them.
And here’s an overview of the question, including what purports to be a facsimile of an Egyptian newspaper that on December 26, 2001 reported bin Laden’s death.Â The next day what seems like the last genuine video (first photo above) was released.
If indeed he’s long gone, then who’s pulling our leg?
Both sides have reason to keep the hero alive.
If Al Qaeda’s behind the curtain, then …
It’s El Cid.Â Charlton Heston, as the legendary spanish hero in the wars with the Moors.
He dies one night, recall, in a besieged fortress, the battle far from won.Â So his people prop the corpse on his horse. Tie a cross to his arms and back Jesus style. Then as dawn breaks they open the gates, slap the horse’s ass …
And El Cid rides again.
But if it’s Uncle Sam behind the scam, thenÂ …
It’s Goldstein, from 1984:Â the phantom jewish bolshevik terrorist on every telescreen noon and night, whose (non) existence grounds the propaganda of the police state and its perpetual war:
“We are at war with Eurasia and have always been at war with Eurasia.”
But then, a month later:
“We are at war with East Asia and have always been at war with East Asia.”
El Cid.Â Goldstein.Â But not bin Laden. He probly dead.
So one wishes Obama would stop talking about Osama.
Talk about what is and will be.