By Ghulam Muhammed
In the age of Media overkill, the most gruesome casualty is truth. It dies thousand deaths every second. While Obama delayed his East Room press conference to officially announce the official death of America’s enemy number ONE: the demonic figure of Saudi Arabian national, Osama Bin Laden, the conspiracy theorists were busy making their own theories about how the whole incident could be conjectured. The following are two of the theories; all have some part which is logical, rational and/or factual :
1. Obama may still be alive and Obama have found it convenient to declare him officially dead; so he can whip up hysteria in the anticipation of coming US presidential elections. The entire drama can be stage-managed from full cooperation with the willing ally, Pakistan and its intelligence agencies working with CIA. Though it is put out that Obama’s dead body is in the possession of the US agencies, CIA is expert enough to bring in any dead body from any selected morgue, dress it up as Osama, organize photo sessions, doctor the pictures and videos in convincing the gullible world that Osama is finally, certainly and verifiably dead.
2. Osama being on dialysis, it is quite possible that he might have died of natural causes long back, as medical facilities in the caves of Afghanistan and Pakistan mountain ranges can hardly be efficient enough to sustain a fragile skeleton for so many long years in wilderness. Osama alive was America’s own need to keep using his doctored speeches released on CNN and world electronic media at convenient time, to whip up American people’s emotions so that defence projects and forays could be smoothly sanctioned. Osama alive rather than dead, was hundred times most precious for the US administration to rob billions from American people and from the world creditors, citing the ‘noble’ services that American defense and intelligence agencies were providing to America and the rest of the ‘free world’ to insulate them from the world’s most dangerous terrorist.
With American Presidential electioneering days piling up on his head, and his Republican adversaries hounding him over his lukewarm responses to world revolutions, that is threatening the peace and progress of the world, Obama and his party must have realized that a graphic killing of Osama, with gory details plastering world media’s pages and screen, will be the best way to turn the tide and pave the way to smoother re-election for the second term in White House.
The propaganda blitz that the US and its allies will be mounting over the death of Osama, would carry the entire West over a wave of triumphalism, while covering up its defeat and retreat from Iraq, Afghanistan and the potentially more demanding participation in the Middle East and North African war campaigns. Obama wants to play a double game of appeasing his own party’s anti-war constituency and the Muslim world into accepting him as a man of peace on one hand; while on the other hand getting his Jewish allies to vent their own frustrations by organized limited military operations around the Arab world and Africa.
While Obama was delivering his Historical speech at White House press briefing, perfectly timed to get the world headlines next day, his picking of so many threads of narrative to soften up diverse and different constituents, had enough material woven into the scenario, that not all that was contained was fully, totally, uncontradictably swallowed by his own national audience, much less by the people of the world at large.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai