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The long slide to oblivion for al Qaeda and its fellow travellers...

by Peter Petterson

It has been stated  in various  news reports  that the US Obama administration is feasting on and heralding the psychological impact on  al Qaeda of the loss of Osama bin Ladin. Can you blame them  for what is a huge impact on international terrorism, because despite claims to the contary, he continually had his fingers in the pie in planning future terrorist attacks.

The US vast intelligence analysis machine will gorge themselves on the extensive material Osama bin Ladin left behind. The mine of digital information he gathered in his years at Abbottabad reveals him as not being remote and irrelevant  as many claimed, but actually meticulously connected to the al Qaeda rank and file and still determined to destroy the US and its western allies.

While he may have been deluded about US society, he was endlessly  inventive with schemes to throw it into chaos; he may have thought US society was still struggling with the aftermath of 9/11, not realising it had moved on and had developed defensive capabilities such as the special forces attack that eliminated him.

The US has much to learn and digest about Bin Ladins future plans, including attacks on its domestic rail network in future months. Al Qaeda may not have lost its head, but certainly its brain.

The US will expect more of what has happened in recent days, suicide bombings that killed 80 and injured more than a 100 in Pakistan, and claimed by the Taleban as revenge for bin Ladin's assassination, because that is what it was in reality. Ten years late many would claim!

He may well be a martyr for al Qaeda's cause, but I feel its the beginning of a long slide to oblivion for  radical Islam. The message coming out of the number of uprisings against dictatorial regimes is for democratic change, not widespread Islamic jihad and the implementation of Sharia regimes.

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      Osama bin Ladin already dead from disease, claims Iran...

      Osama bin Ladin already from disease, says Iran...

    • BREAKING NEWS; 'Bin Laden dead long before US raid'. Osama Died of Disease.
      Iran's intelligence minister says the country has reliable information that former head of the al-Qaeda terrorist group Osama bin Laden died of disease some time ago.

    • “We have accurate information that bin Laden died of illness some time ago,” Heidar Moslehi told reporters on the sidelines of a Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

    • He questioned Washington's claim that bin Laden was killed by American troops in a hiding compound in Pakistan on May 1.

    • “If the US military and intelligence apparatus have really arrested or killed bin Laden, why don't they show him (his dead body) why have they thrown his corpse into the sea?” Moslehi asked.
      “When we apprehended [former Jundallah ringleader Abdul Malik] Rigi, we showed him and also aired his interview,” ISNA quoted the intelligence chief as saying.

    • By releasing such false news, he said, the White House seeks to overshadow regional awakening.

    • Moslehi said US officials resort to such PR campaigns to divert attention from their domestic problems as well as their “fragile” economic situation.

    • US President Barack Obama claimed that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces on May 1 in a hiding compound in Pakistan.

    • A US official later announced that bin Laden's body was abruptly buried at sea, falsely boasting that his hasty burial was in accordance with the Islamic law, requiring burial within 24 hours of death.

    • However, burial at sea is not an Islamic practice and Islam does not have a timeframe for burial.
      US officials also claimed their decision for a sea burial was made because no country would accept bin Laden's remains, without elaborating on which countries were actually contacted on the matter.

    • Analysts, however, have raised serious questions as to why US officials did not allow for the application of a DNA test to officially confirm the identity of the corpse before its hasty burial.

    • Acknowledgements: Global Research