Friday, 26 July 2013

Everyone But Themselves

A leaked version of a Pakistani government report has been published on the al-Jazeera News TV station, and its alleged to be a draft version of the secret report, issued by the 'Abbottabad Commission', into the events surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden. What makes it interesting, is how much more revealing it is of the mindset of the pilots in the cockpit of terrorism, than they fully understand.

Firstly its shows that the main aim of the commission was not to really understand why Bin Laden felt able to live safely for years inside Pakistan. Probably because they already know why that was .... i.e. the Inter Services Security (ISI), have been backing the Taliban and Jihadists in Afghanistan for decades, and was helping the 'pin up boy' of the terror movement avoid the US as a bargaining tool.

Waziristan Haveli - Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad

The reports authors even remark themselves that it was "almost unbelievable that over a period of six years the unusual nature of the compound failed to draw the attention of the intelligence services .

How the entire neighbourhood, local officials, police and security and intelligence officials all missed the size, the strange shape, the barbed wire, the lack of cars and visitors etc over a period of nearly six years beggars belief." ...... the answers simple. The ISI knew he was there and were not looking for him.

No, although it makes some reference to how he went unnoticed, the primary reason for the report was to lay the blame on whomever was culpable in the events that led to the US forces successful raid, that in the words of the authors "culminated in the avoidable humiliation of the people of Pakistan".

And that's the key to the commissions brief, the "humiliation of the people of Pakistan" .... and Pakistan's "greatest humiliation" since East Pakistan seceded in 1971. They really are not that bothered about the fact that Bin Laden was living in an army garrison town, undisturbed since 2005, this after entering Pakistan in the spring or summer of 2002. He was even apparently stopped by police in Swat for speeding in 2002 or 2003 - but they 'failed to recognise him'.

It concludes that the failures to find Bin Laden and to to stop the US raid, were "culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government", but although it found nothing to support allegations of complicity in his residence (nor the US raid), it also said it could not rule out "the possibility of some degree of connivance inside or outside the government". So the blame game can be re-opened at any time the ISI need some scapegoats.

Obama Ordered The Raid On The Abbottabad Lair Of Osama bin Laden

Finally it concludes that the killing of Bin Laden by US forces, was a "criminal act of murder", ordered by the US President. It adds that the Navy Seal raid was an "American act of war", and that although the Pakistan air force jets were scrambled to shoot down the US helicopters, it was too late. Oddly it doesn't speculate as to what would have happened if the Pakistan air force jets scrambled, had managed to shoot down the US helicopters .... a lot more than a bit of humiliation for Pakistan I suspect.

As usual the Pakistan establishment and security complex have managed to blame everyone but themselves.


  1. Pakistan has been covering up its sponsoring of the Taliban in Afghanistan for years. The fact that this has led to thousands of Pakistanis killed inside Pakistan doesn't stop them, as life is just so cheap. The slaughter maes no impact, as there are still millions more of them every year.

    1. The Western governments all know this, but refuse to tell us, for of a backlash against supporting Pakistan in anyway.


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