This morning I woke up to the news that Osama bin Laden was killed. I saw pictures of people celebrating in front of the White House and in Times Square. I was in shock and disbelief - after nine years, we FINALLY got the bastard? But then after reading the stories about how it all happened, I started to re-consider that it may be too soon to pop the cork on the bottle of champagne.
1) Location - Osama bin Laden was tracked down in a million dollar compound in Pakistan. Troops from all over the world have been searching for this guy and he's been hiding out in a MANSION?!? How does this make sense?
2) Timing - Just yesterday, the U.S. and NATO forces were under harsh criticism for the attacks against Muammar Gaddafi that killed his youngest son and his grandchildren. It also doesn't hurt that this comes at a time when Barack Obama is running for re-election and needed a boost in the polls. There's also an upcoming change in regime regarding the CIA and U.S. government intelligence departments.
3) Evidence - According to reports, Osama bin Laden's body was captured by U.S. forces and given a burial at sea in accordance with Islamic tradition. However, according to information from a licensed maritime funeral service provider, that's not the case. The other reason given was to prevent a shrine from being built at the burial site.
In July 2003, Uday Hussein (son of Saddam Hussein) and his brother were both killed in a firefight during a raid (much like Osama [allegedly]). Autopsies were performed on BOTH bodies and the media were invited to take photographs. Both men were MUSLIMS and both were buried in a cemetery.
For those saying there IS photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden's death (there is ONE photo surfacing on the internet), let me pose this question to you.
Notice any similarity?
The photo on the left is the alleged post-mortem photograph of Osama bin Laden. The bottom half of the face is a different color than the top half and it's over-edited. The facial expression on the bottom half of the left photograph is exactly the same as the facial expression on the right photograph. The pixelation is different between the bottom half of the face in the left photo and the objects surrounding it.
IF the reports are real and Osama bin Laden is dead, it means many things for the U.S. The conflict is far from over, but the compound where bin Laden was found (if that's also real and not just part of the "story") holds a wealth of information regarding terrorist activities and funding.
However, until there's some kind of solid evidence that the American people can examine and authenticate without a doubt, this will hang heavy over the Obama administration.