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Opinion

May 10, 2011

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Food for thought

Food for thought
As expected, Osama’s death has opened endless worldwide debates on who, when and why? While the debate is hot, based on circumstantial evidence, one might as well ponder over some questions and theories.
Here is food for thought. Xe/Blackwater conducted the ‘Get-Osama operation’ and not Navy Seals. Why use Xe? Plausible deniability, in case the operation goes south.
Where’s the proof of Blackwater’s involvement? The American government claimed that two Chinook/Sea Knight and two Blackhawk/Seahawks (standard transport air-assets used by the Seals) took part in the raid. It admitted losing one Seahawk during the operation. However, on a close study of the pictures of the helicopter wreckage, the claim falls flat on its face.
Why did the Americans go through the trouble of burning the wreckage of the crashed helicopter? Obviously, they didn’t want the world to find out the kind of helicopters that took part in the raid. The pictures of the tail section of the crashed helicopter clearly do not match with any model of CH-46/Sea Knight or UH-60Seahawk. Neither helicopters come with split and swept horizontal stabiliser nor do they come with tail-rotor disk.
However, the boom (a much smaller and lighter to be of a UH-60), stabilisers and quad tail-rotor configurations match with the modified S-76 helicopters that Blackwater frequently used in Iraq. Contrary to rumours of supposed stealth helicopter (Comanchi or Silent Hawk), with a high degree of confidence, the pictures suggest the wreckage to be of a S-76, and certainly not of Blackhawk’s.
The mystery deepens when one questions the need for the Pakistan Army to transport the wreckage covered by tarps? Clearly, they had an interest in covering up something more than the mere identity of the wreckage. Like, Blackwater is running wild in Pakistan with the full knowledge and probably tacit consent of the Pakistani military.
Things became even more interesting, when in less than 24 hours of Osama’s killing the American government announced a rather hasty burial of his body in the Arabian Sea. Earlier, well within 24 hours, President Obama confirmed Osama’s identity, citing, among others, a DNA test. However, the problem remains there is no scientific method that can positively confirm a DNA test within 24 hours. A paternity DNA test takes at least 2-3 days and an extended family testing takes five weeks to confirm a match.
Everyone seems to be focused on the question, why wouldn’t the American government publicise pictures of Laden’s body and put the mystery to rest? Answers could range from: disbelievers would never be convinced; he isn’t killed and is in custody for interrogation; the body is still in custody for further tests.
Finally, why would Obama go through so much trouble? Simple answer, to save the American economy from an imminent collapse. Three wars are literally sucking the life out of the American economy. It is estimated that in addition to secret funds, US is currently spending over $1 trillion on the military through appropriated and discretionary funds. As of March 25, 2011, total American Public Debt Outstanding was $14.26 trillion. Cutting military spending to half alone could amount to 25 percent reduction of yearly deficit.
Osama’s death will hopefully serve as a closure to the American public, which will allow Obama to wind up and begin American troops exit from Afghanistan by 2012. Just in time for the next presidential elections!
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