Dear Jonny, Is Osama Really Dead?

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8 Responses

  1. Bill says:

    I couldn’t possibly agree more. That we’re to be convinced he’s dead without a shred of evidence is a theatre of the absurd. My money says he’s been dead for a long time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s EXACTLY right. Logical reasoning.

  3. David says:

    That’s pretty much what I’ve been thinking all week.

  4. Ray Bradshaw says:

    My sociology professor (he isn’t wrong about much) said something similar over lunch this week. He called it “Smoke and mirrors on the White House lawn.”

  5. Jack of all trades says:

    Al Qaeda came out and confirmed Bin Laden was killed in the SEAL raid. I doubt they would have kept quiet if he had been dead “for some time” or still among the living. If he was still alive, no way would they let America brag about bringing him down. The burial at sea was also done to keep a burial at land from becoming a focal point for extremists, or “holy ground”, or whatever you want to call it for terrorists.

    • Jon says:

      Confirmation? From what I understand, it’s more like an anonymous statement from a jihadist forum. The Pakistan Taliban claims that he’s alive. There is still no concrete evidence of his death. And I don’t believe he was buried at sea to prevent land from becoming a “focal point for terrorists” any more than I buy that the same government that’s killed thousands upon thousands of Muslim civilians is refusing to release Osama’s death photos so as to avoid offending the Muslim community. That doesn’t add up. It’s too sloppy. I remain skeptical.
      This article, which covers the DNA issue, is quite interesting:

  6. Jack of all trades says:

    The Pakistani government confirmed it, as did the Taliban in Pakistan… To your second point, You really believe that if Bin Laden had a grave site Islamic extremists would not use it as a tool to rally those loyal to their cause, recruit more members, etc. etc.?

    • Jon says:

      As it goes, the only people to have purportedly seen Osama’s body are A) The members of the Navy SEAL team who carried out the assassination, and B) Those in charge of the operation. Therefore, neither the Pakistani government nor the Taliban in Pakistan are in any position to conclusively confirm or deny his death. It’s all speculation. Therefore, my doubt is not entirely relieved. That we allegedly dumped his corpse into the ocean with great haste practically welcomes conspiracy theory. I understand your point, but the U.S. government could just as easily have had a Muslim cleric or a member of the Saudi Royal family identify his body, after which time we could have buried him anonymously. We’ll probably never know for certain.

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