AS the days go by, the number of questions and lies around the killing of Osama bin Laden by American secret service troops seems to only grow longer. And the doubts emanate right from statements made by the head of the country and all the way down.
(Reuters has posted graphic images taken after the raid.)
Here’s a sample of the questions that I would like to see answered:
President Barack Obama said the operation had commenced in August year when evidence was obtained by the CIA that bin Laden may be hiding in Pakistan. That means it was eight months before the actual hit took place. Was this not enough time to plan things properly, including a version of events that needed to be made public, a designated spokesman, and a co-ordinated release of information?
If the Americans, as stated, were unsure, until they entered the building , that bin Laden was really inside, how come they had already arranged for an imam (a Muslim religious leader) to be on a warship ready to bury the man?
Why was this imam waiting in readiness if, as is being touted, the mission was a kill or capture mission?
Why did the Americans pretend that their own officials (Obama and his senior aides) had followed the raid minute by minute when the CIA director Leon Panetta himself said that there was a period of about 20 to 25 minutes when nobody in Washington had any idea about what was going on?
Why did the Americans shoot an unarmed man and then give out – even Obama mentioned it – that he had resisted arrest?
Why did the Americans say bin Laden had used one of wives as a human shield when the woman had actually run towards them and they had shot her in the foot?
Why did the Americans claim the house in which bin Laden was hiding was worth a million US dollars when in reality it was worth only a quarter of that?
Why was this house described as a mansion when it was really tatty inside?
Why did American officials say a son of bin Laden named Hamza was killed and later change the name to Khalid?
Why did Americans claim that there was a fierce 40-minute firefight with people in the Abbottabad house where bin Laden was and later change it to just one person in the house having a gun? And that one person was killed moments after the raid commenced.
With so many unanswered questions and lies hanging over this event, can one really blame the conspiracy theorists for going into overdrive?