On May 1, 2011, a US Navy Seal mission located and killed America's most wanted individual, Osama Bin Laden. This action led to huge cheers in the US and many of us around the world breathing a sigh of relief. The sigh of relief was brief as for each terrorist that is stopped another two may fill their shoes.
Today there have been a series of emails released which are pertinent to the mission which ultimately killed Bin Laden. In giving Bin Laden a "burial at sea" the US administration would have belived that they were in some way preventing making Bin Laden a martyr. Graves have a habit of becoming focal points for fanatics and followers.
In the case of Bin Laden many mistakes were made. For those who lost loved ones in the Twin Tower attacks the fine detail of the demise of Bin Laden will not matter. They will be thankful that he is gone we assume. However when you look at the whole affair now that the dust has settled there is much to cause concern.
There is no diubt that Bin Laden was the man behind the Twin Towers attacks and other terrorist activity. He also had the financial means to assist. His death may have removed the money from some terrorist groups but it will not have deterred them.
The sight of cheering Americans who took to the streets when the news of Bin Laden's death was announced was reminiscent of the secnes in some countries abroad when news of 9/11 hit the airwaves. Cheering young people with an axe to grind as far as America went.
Bin Laden was not tried. He could have been captured and tried in a court of law. It would have been costly and complicated but it is supposed to be the way of a democratic country. Instead American Forces carried out a kill mission in a foreign land without the knowledge of that country's officials.
Mission accomplished they then took his body with them. The emails revealed have a great deal blacked out but some relevant information is shown. Bin Laden's body was apparently referred to as a "package" We do not find that so terrible. In fact it is the way many porters in Hospital refer to the deceased. In a hospital it is done so as to shelter other patients but in reality causes offence and is disrespectful. Of course why the Navy Seals felt the need to call Bin Laden that is crucial.
It all points to the fact that this was a secret kill mission.
Details have also been released regarding the respect shown to the body of Bin Laden on board the US vessel and his "proper" burial at Sea. We are skeptical about that.
President Obama has vowed to be an open and transparent in government. In the UK we have experienced that in the past. What governments mean though is "about some things" The administration's stance on Bin Laden remains lips tightly shut.
The latest email revelations come following requests made under the Freedom of Information Act. The authorities have denied that some documents and images exist.
There will of course be many reasons why this is being kept undercover. However when you play a cagey game most people will believe that you have something to hide.
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