Osama Bin Laden – Dead Man Talking?

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 Osama Bin Laden, the 25th son of Mohammed Bin Laden, a Saudi billionaire of Yemeni origins, carries a USD 25 Million price tag on his head. Among his alleged claim to fame are being Number One on the FBI Top 10 Most Wanted list, wanted for the bombing of US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya (1998), creating a gaping hole in the skyline of New York City (what is commonly referred to as 9/11), and finding a way to speak from the grave.

Around the end of 2001, OBL was thought to be dead by several governments around the world, including that of George W. Bush. His video released in December 2001 prompted the following comments from CNN Terrorism analyst Peter Bergen:

“This is a man who was clearly not well. I mean, as you see from these pictures here, he’s really, by December he’s looking pretty terrible. But by December, of course, that tape that was aired then, he’s barely moving the left side of his body. So he’s clearly got diabetes. He has low blood pressure. He’s got a wound in his foot. He’s apparently got dialysis … for kidney problems.

I mean, this is a man who has a number of health problems, apart from the fact that anybody running around the Afghan mountains is not going to be in great shape.”

A wounded, almost dying OBL in 2001 revived miraculously and was in the best of health in 2004 (must be that great hospital in Tora Bora or a real life Benjamin Button). Following this, over the years, several people have voiced their belief that OBL was no longer amongst us. Hamid Karzai, Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraf, FBI, and Isaraeli Intelligence all have publicly stated that OBL is dead.

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2001 and 2004 – Miraculous cure?

Based on the intelligence and the statements of the above mentioned, it can only be that OBL was conveniently replaced by an actor. Since then he (and his boy Ayman Al-Zawahiri) have a knack of appearing with a new production conveniently coinciding with major events on the US Political calendar. Just last week, a group of friends were discussing how OBL, Mullah Omar, and Zawahiri were missing in action. And this week to coincide with Obama’s maiden trip to the Middle East and Richard Holbrooke’s visit to Pakistan, we see OBL speak up from the dead. How convenient.

OBL & Zawahiri (in 2001)
OBL & Zawahiri (in 2001)

What lends credence to the beliefs of many, of OBL now inhabiting a Tora Bora on the other side of the mortality divide, is that the last video of OBL was seen in October 2004 (OBL’s messages) and all subsequent messages from OBL have been audio tapes or videos with a voice over. Thus, it is theorized that the man we now believe to be OBL is in fact an actor. More on this can be found here.

But whether this OBL is the real man, or whether he is a better and more improved version (OBL 2.0 or Osama Bin Elvis as Angelo M. Codevilla refers to him), the question that one should ask is this. Why is it that a man whose head carries a tag of more than USD 25 million has not been found yet? Surely someone out there would be so tempted by that figure. And why can’t the US (or any other country’s intelligence agencies) find OBL? In an era where you can see someone on the street of New York using Google Earth from Antartica, is it really that hard to find this guy? Or is it just that everyone’s looking in the wrong place? Instead of the mountains of Afghanistan (or even Pakistan as some speculation goes), maybe the US Intelligensia should be looking for OBL 2.0 in a desert 83 miles from Las Vegas.

Some Suggested Links

 Is Obama Really Osama?
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? – Documentary
OBL 2.0 – A Terrorist Resurrected

OBL Dead – President Zardari

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"Abu Ibrahym" Muhammad Aly Balagamwala (AKA DiscoMaulvi) is an entrepreneur/industrialist who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he currently resides. Aly graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Textile Chemistry, and somewhere in those 4 years became a practicing Muslim (May Allah reward the wonderful community of Raleigh, NC for that). He is/has been associated with the fabrics, towels, animal feeds, minerals, and grains/pulses/edibles sectors. Known in the Social Media / Blogging community of Pakistan as DiscoMaulvi, he occasionally writes on his personal blog From The Pulpit ... Sermons of DiscoMaulvi and is easily accessible via Twitter (@DiscoMaulvi) and his Facebook Page. Since he turned towards religion in 1998, Aly has been associated with various Social / Dawah projects. He was a Shurah member (1999-2000) & the President (2000) of the NCSU Muslim Students Association (MSA). He was also a Shurah member (2005-2009) and the Ameer (2007) of Active Saturdays. He is currently serving as a consultant for LiveDeen and as a Trustee of Little Deeds. In 2011 he joined the staff of MuslimMatters.org, where he is currently the team lead for MM's Comments Moderation team and is also part of the News and Social Networking teams. MM is a collaboration b/w Bloggers and Islamic scholars, to bring to attention issues being faced by Muslims in the West and around the world. He also blogs on Express Tribune Blogs. As an Amateur Technical Analyst of Karachi Stock Exchange, he is known on the KSE Yahoo Groups as Aly B of DCTA (Dhakka Chaap Technical Analysis).

Posted on 2009/06/04, in International Affairs, Islam and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Nice! I actually haven’t seen the photos of him from 2001 to 2004 side by side like that. It is quite a drastic diff.

    I really believe Osama’s been long gone – why else stay so elusive? It’s not like he’s adding to the mystery, if anything he’s become surpassed by other more pertinent extremists like haqqani, beitullah mehsud, hakimullah mehsud, mullah omar, mullah fazlullah, etc.

    Your story reminded me of Saddam, and the stories of how he created all these doppelgangers of himself because he was paranoid about getting assassinated. Just an interesting and random sidenote.

  2. Being in the medical field n the little bits that I know no way can a man be in deserted hideouts if he has been on dialysis. Come to think of it some technology I must say is keeping him alive.
    If you ask me thts only possible if he’s residing at the pentagon! which he cud be. Who cares? its not a one man show anyway!
    We have had too much of this stupid nonsense he is dead n if not shud be dead anytime soon. But basing wars after wars on this ideology is absurd.
    The most random thing besides all the crap they say was that Osama died in the kashmir quake. For the love of GOD! we have to worry abt OBAMA more than osama anyway now !

    • @Sana: If OBL died in the quake he was lucky cuz otherwise he would have died a very painful death due to kidney failure.

      Obama is indeed a big threat to the Muslim world. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  3. Perhaps there was no OBL to begin with or atleast how we saw him, what if it was an actor from the start and the voice was of ayman or beitullah. What if obl died in the afghan wars..

    • to tell ya the truth I wanted to write that…… that OBL be dead and gone long before his 15 min of fame. But that would be a tough proposition to convince people. :)

  4. Osama Bin Laden was 25th … ???

    was he not 46th? If i remember it correctly, Oprah (or was it Dr. Phill) who came up with 46th Child syndrome (the reason behind 9/11 attacks)

  5. I beleive OBL must be a great person, because Media usually blames someone who is very good, and praises those people who are worst to the Human society :)

    • Interesting observation Raza. :p

      • THIS IS A JUDGEMENT !!!!!

        this is not my point of view and i am enforcing my point of view. how we are being outplayed by media. Those places where they cannot use swords and other weapons, they are using media as a weapon to defeat them.

        The same media when a 40 year old arab muslim married and 18 years old girl, it comes in the headlines and front pages.

        But…

        When a 50 year old American rapes a 13 year old girls, the news in rarely considered as NEWS and is posted in the last pages.

      • im not enforcing my point of view*

  6. The incident of 9/11 occured once in US, but in Afghanistan, its been 8 years where everyday the incident of 9/11 happens.

    Yay, this is democracy. isn’t it?

    Killing millions of innocent people for no reason, but when the kids of those Afghan people holds a weapon for self protection, they are extremists?

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