Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pakistan and Osama

A month after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan's investigation into how the al-Qaida leader hid out in the country undetected for at least five years has hit major stumbling blocks even before it has begun, leaving politicians and analysts to wonder whether Pakistan will ever get to the bottom of the affair.

A five-member commission was named Tuesday to oversee the probe of the May 2 killing of bin Laden in the northern Pakistani town of Abbottabad. But one of the members declined to serve and the others have said they were never asked if they were willing to undertake what's likely to be a controversial assignment.

On Thursday, the leader of Pakistan's biggest opposition party rejected the inquiry team, while a lawsuit was filed to block its work. Pakistani public opinion, meanwhile, is sharply divided, with many Pakistanis skeptical that bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad on May 2, believing instead that the U.S. staged the incident to allow it to pressure Pakistan over other matters.

Do we really need Pakistan to "explain how bin Laden remained hidden until he was tracked down by the U.S."?

Obviously, Osama was hidden by powerful elements in the government of our "ally" Pakistan.

And, they probably did it with money supplied by U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan.

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