Salman Rushdie has an interesting insight into the fate of Osama bin Laden. He hasn’t been an underground agent, stealthily hiding in caves for the last ten years — he’s been living well in prosperous safety in plain sight, with the obvious assistance of…guess who.
Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man, was found living at the end of a dirt road 800 yards from the Abbottabad military academy, Pakistan’s equivalent of West Point or Sandhurst, in a military cantonment where soldiers are on every street corner, just about 80 miles from the Pakistani capital Islamabad. This extremely large house had neither a telephone nor an Internet connection. And in spite of this we are supposed to believe that Pakistan didn’t know he was there, and that the Pakistani intelligence, and/or military, and/or civilian authorities did nothing to facilitate his presence in Abbottabad, while he ran al Qaeda, with couriers coming and going, for five years?
So Pakistan is exposed as concealing the very fugitive their American allies were supposedly hunting, with Pakistani assistance, and what’s got to be even worse for them, American forces blithely fluttered in to a site right next to a major military installation, took out their targets with no loss of life on the American side, and then just as blithely flew back out again.
There are probably heads rolling right now.