Pakistani justice salutes bin Laden

The State Department keeps insisting Pakistan is our friend, mainly because we want to keep an eye on its nuclear weapons. You or I would ditch such a no-good pal, though, simply because of how our other friends and our enemies are treated.

One example: The Pakistani doctor who helped us find Osama bin Laden just got sentenced to 35 years in prison for it. His government considers his role leading up to the operation in which U.S. Navy Seals killed the terrorist as a high treason.

Meanwhile, bin Laden’s wives and daughters who were taken into custody after the raid have received slaps on their wrists. They washed Osama’s underwear and cooked his meals — and helped the globally notorious terrorist stay hidden. They get a wink and a free pass, in effect.

We need to find some better friends.

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5 Responses to Pakistani justice salutes bin Laden

  1. One year after Bin Laden’s death and over 10 years since 9/11, American citizens are still blindly allowing their civil liberties to be taken away one piece of legislation at a time. How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice to feel safe? Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the twin towers fell. These laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html

  2. Bob Becker says:

    Share you anger at what happened to the Dr. It’s time we got our people out of there. Past time, I think. I notice the GOP dominated House has just included in its new budget bill a section preventing the President from major new drawdown of troops there by saying no funds can be spent for that purpose. NATO seems, belatedly, to have understood that it’s past time to get out. I hope we will come to the same realization sooner rather than later.

    But I disagree about Osama’s wives, children. Targeting the families of enemies like Bin Laden is a bad business. We shouldn’t get involved in it.

    • Mark Shenefelt says:

      Bob, I was calling attention to the disparity in handling of the cases of the doctor and the wives, not necessarily advocating “targeting” of the women, especially by the United States. I must point out, though, that such a case, if had occurred in America, likely would have resulted in charges against the women of harboring a federal fugitive. That’s a little step up from credit for time served.

  3. Myth Buster says:

    Why don’t we hear from bin Laden’s wives? Used as human shields is pretty traumatic stuff. I’d love to hear how the raid within a stone’s throw of the Pakistan Military and Police Academy went next to the clogged highway full of American war material destined for Afghanistan; or how they managed DNA testing, transport 1200 miles to the Arabian Sea and the body dumped overboard in accordance with Islamic tradition within 10 hours.
    The picture with Obama, Clinton, Dempsey et all in the White House bunker with their laptop screens blank is a classic.
    One day, this is going to generate theories like Hitler escaping to Argentina or Ken Lay faking his death to collect insurance.

    • tom says:

      Howie:

      “One day, this is going to generate theories like Hitler escaping to Argentina or Ken Lay faking his death to collect insurance.”

      Only if nut cases like you twist and twirl it way out of what it was originally – something you seem to have mastered.

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