Earlier this morning, US president Barack Obama announced to the world that under his command, Osama Bin Laden was killed. A wave of euphoria spread across the United States and even ex-president George Bush implied something vaguely positive about Obama’s administration.
For those among you that have been living inside some isolated cave in Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden is the infamous head of the Al Qaeda, EL Qaida, Al Qaida, Al Kaaeda, al-Qa’ida, etc – the terrorist organisation that was responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the USA. The debate about how to spell the name of the organisation is about as heated as the one as to whether this organisation actually exists or not. Regardless, the focus of significant anger around the world has been directed toward Osama for the better part of the last decade. And now, Osama is dead.
Osama, who skilfully managed to avoid the best efforts of the US military for years, communicated to the world through recorded video tapes which were released to the international media. No Wikileaks in that part of Pakistan – surprising isn’t it, for a country that is noted as being one of the most corrupt in the world. A team of senior information security professionals have allegedly been dispatched by the CIA to Pakistan to document best practice.
Wonkie wonders how much funding Pakistan will receive from the US next year given that Osama appears to have been quite happily living there for a while now. The compound he was found in was apparently constructed some 5 years back and was close to Pakistani military installations. Pakistan, who vehemently deny any knowledge of Bin Laden’s presence in their country, will certainly not win many friends with this, given their involvement in the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2009, and already having the reputation of being Britain’s terror heartland.
Despite Obama’s public and unambiguous statement that Osama has been killed, and that his body has been recovered by the US military, many still believe this to be untrue. This is largely due to suspicious stories about the disposal of Osama’s body at sea by Obama’s men. All this talk of Osama and Obama in the same sentence is quite confusing and reminds one of the Wonkie produced in 2008, just before the US election – check out the Obama and Osama name confusion cartoon, one of the first Wonkie CartOOn’s ever made!
So, assuming Osama Bin Laden is dead and that American happiness is not misplaced, the question is, where does this leave the world? Do take part in our poll below or let us know your more detailed opinion in the comments section below.
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