Gone but not forgotten - the bin Laden revival tour

Dead man walking, with assistance

"I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a ... kidney patient," Gen. Pervez Musharraf said on Friday in an interview with CNN.

Musharraf said Pakistan knew bin Laden took two dialysis machines into Afghanistan. "One was specifically for his own personal use," he said.

"I don't know if he has been getting all that treatment in Afghanistan now. And the photographs that have been shown of him on television show him extremely weak. ... I would give the first priority that he is dead and the second priority that he is alive somewhere in Afghanistan." CNN Jan 18, 2002

But he can't be dead, at least he couldn't have been dead on Jan 18, 2002 because the living bin Laden and his network (created with U.S. assistance) represented the rationale to invade Iraq. It's bad enough that Bush and Blair invaded the wrong country to catch bin Laden. But, my lord, invading the wrong country to catch a dead guy would be even more unforgivable, if that is within the realm of imagination.

"Donald Rumsfeld had the chance when he was US defence secretary in December 2001 to make sure Osama bin Laden was killed or captured, but let him slip through his hands, a Senate report has found.

"The report by the Senate foreign relations committee is damning of the way George Bush's administration conducted the aftermath of its bombing campaign in Afghanistan, saying it amounted to a "lost opportunity". It states that as a result of allowing the al-Qaida leader to flee from his Tora Bora stronghold into Pakistan, Americans were left more vulnerable to terrorism, and the foundations were laid for today's protracted Afghan insurgency. It also lays blame for the July 2005 London bombings on a failure to kill the al-Qaida leaders at Tora Bora." Guardian Nov 29, 2009

So, we had bin Laden at Tora Bora. But he was sick and in need of dialisis. He got away. Who knows if the machines followed? And in January 2002, Musharraf, our cooperative ally at the time, said the guy is dead.

Obama needs bin Laden too!

“If we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act and we will take them out”. Candidate Obama, Oct 20, 2008

Obama masked his aggressive doctrine behind the face of bin Laden, who may well be dead, and, at the same time, by implication behind the horror of 911.

After using General Eikenberry's heroic report as temporary reprieve, President Obama is anticipated to announce more troops to Afghanistan. That was the right country to find bin Laden at one time and that rationale was the start of what turned into a years long occupation.

Will Obama play the part of political necromancer and roll away the stone for bin Laden's resurrection?

Stay tuned. There's more naked aggression around the corner.

P.S. But if bin Laden was dead in 2002, that means that this pre-2004 election video of the al Qaeda leader was likely a fake. We would have suspected that then if these reports from 2002 analysis by a highly respectable lab had been aired to any degree. But they weren’t and the bin Laden threats provided the rationale for a stolen election. Dead or alive, bin Laden is the gift that keeps giving for those who favor perpetual crisis and war in the oil rich Middle East and South Asia.

Probe into 'Bin Laden death' leak

Probe into 'Bin Laden death' leak
"President Jacques Chirac has ordered an inquiry into the leak of a French secret service memo claiming that Osama Bin Laden had died."

Benazir Bhutto Confirms that Osama Bin Laden is Dead (Video)
"In an interview only months before her death, Bhutto, possibly unintentionally, admitted that Bin Laden had been killed. She refers to someone as "the man who killed Osama Bin Laden""

Bin Laden may be dead, but living on through old sound bites
"U.S. intelligence agencies are beginning to suspect that Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden is dead after all, despite a recent audio tape exhorting Al Qaida terrorists in Iraq."

Israeli intelligence: Bin Laden is dead, heir has been chosen
"Osama Bin Laden appears to be dead but his colleagues have decided that Al Qaida and its insurgency campaign against the United States will continue, Israeli intelligence sources said."

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government
"Osama bin Laden is dead. The news first came from sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan almost six months ago: the fugitive died in December [2001] and was buried in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan. Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, echoed the information. The remnants of Osama's gang, however, have mostly stayed silent, either to keep Osama's ghost alive or because they have no means of communication."

If bin Laden was dead, Would the U.S. admit it?

Report: Bin Laden Already Dead
"Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader."