One of the most wanted men in the history of the world is dead. And America killed him. Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s terror-master, reportedly died within the last 24 hours, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was not found in some remote cave. He apparently lived quite comfortably in Pakistan’s capital.
The Pakistani government immediately declared that it’s shadowy intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, assisted the American government in finding bin Laden. But in truth, the duplicitous actions of the ISI hindered America’s efforts, cost American lives, and depleted the the will of the nation. The ISI has direct ties to almost all strata of the insurgency in Afghanistan. After bin Laden’s death was the declared, the Pakistani government scrambled to cover its crime of hiding bin Laden for a decade. When the CIA stopped sharing intelligence with the ISI, senior Taliban and al-Qaeda leadership started dying. In 2009, many terrorist leaders escaped because the ISI gave them forewarning of an impending CIA missile attack.
A highly trained and competent covert special operations team located bin Laden’s residence, fought their way past his elite “Black Guard”, and finally killed bin Laden himself.
Cynics will repeat the tired lines about making bin Laden a martyr. These people do not understand the true nature of the insurgency in Afghanistan, nor the nature of war itself. The truth is, the threat of martyrdom is part of the enemy’s propaganda, in hopes that we will be reluctant to kill important terrorist leaders. The insurgents and terrorists are not fearless, all-knowing fighters, and their religious motivations for fighting are not as strong as sometimes reported. Most of them fear death every day but are pushed into battle by leaders far from the frontlines. Moreover, other al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders know that they can no longer depend on the Pakistani government for protection. The game is up. The message to other terrorists in Pakistan is: You are next.