Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:45 AM EDT
Why was Osama bin Laden not captured?
By IB Times Staff Reporter
Wikileaks has unravelled some of the documents which reveal the truth behind inaction than action by the United States in Afghanistan in the last one decade.
It was long wished that the U.S. army would one day nail down the most wanted terrorist Osama bin-Laden and bring him to Guantanamo Bay detention center. But the latest string of leaks reveal that al Qaeda had warned to set off a “nuclear hellstorm” if Osama bin Laden is ever captured or killed.
This explains the rationale behind "inaction" than action in Afghanistan. Wikileaks' files show that al Qaeda's senior leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was detained and interrogated, had spilled the beans that the terrorist group had, indeed, hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe and that it would be detonated if Osama bin Laden is captured or killed.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was one of the self-confessed terrorist who had planned the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States that killed more than 3,000 people.
The secret files show the interrogation details of more than 750 Guantanamo Bay detainees. Another revelation from the files was that Al-Qaeda planned chemical and biological attacks in London and also had a sketch on how to put cyanide in air-conditioning units of some public offices in the US.
These documents also show that the key al-Qaeda leaders were in a house in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sept. 11, 2001 watching live the attacks on New York and Pentagon.
Wow! That's great! I wonder if now that the figure-head of the War on Terror is dead we can pull our troops back home and focus on expanding our public infrastructure and curing our homeland poverty.
Osama is not dead until Trump sees the death certificate. The LONG form certificate!
In seriousness, my immediate reaction was "America! #+^* Yeah!" but I am afraid that this event will strengthen the fanaticism of Al-Qaeda since he will now be viewed as a martyr. I am afraid of the repercussions that could follow.
Am I glad he is dead? Yes, but if it was such a simple operation to take him out, why not take him into US custody? He could have provided valuable information and could have faced his charges in a military trial. I do not feel like he faced justice, but I hope that many families and friends of the victims of 9-11 will have some closure.
I feel like this is an important symbolic death but an overall empty victory. How much money have we spent over the past decade to come to this? How many trillions of dollars were spent? How many precious, priceless lives were lost? I feel like he could have been caught without the decade of war, the trillions spent, and the lives cut too short.
You know, America has been at war for a decade... Half my life. I am so used to it that I forget about it. I definately remembered last night.