Ironically the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden tends to confirm the theory that terrorism, rather than being a spontaneous meme that floats above the planet, is in fact deeply rooted in the intelligence agencies and regimes of certain states. Thus, neither Hamas nor Hezbollah are creations of some kind of rage any more than than September 11 was wholly the result of some kind of amorphous resentment. Osama Bin Laden had backers; people with uniforms, ranks and the resources of bureaucracies behind them. Those who believe that the War on Terror is nothing but a law enforcement problem must ask themselves whether it is really rather larger than that.
Therein is the problem. I have always believed that there was far more involved in the planning of 9-11 than has been released by the government. It was far too "professionally" planned and executed with much knowledge of American habits than would be available to the "average" man in the Middle East.
I've always wondered if the Inter-Service Intelligence agency had something to do with it. After all, they were the ones who engineered the first resistance to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Later, they assisted the Taliban to counter the northern tribes ascendance. After the overthrow of the Taliban, in 2001-02, they gave refuge to it's leadership, and still do. Furthermore, there is compelling evidence that the ISI if not trained and commanded the Mumbai massacre, they provided logistic and transportation support.
So, wondering if the ISI had something to do with the isn't as far fetched as it appearse to be at first glance. Additionally, I agree with Michael Yon, that burying bin Laden at sea was a mistake of the largest nature
.“Major mistake. OBL was/is a powerful cult figure who has vanished with no ‘death certificate.’ His body should have been displayed. The only thing more powerful than a living cult leader is one who disappears off the face of the earth. Making his body disappear was a deadly blunder that plays straight into the hero myth. Joseph Campbell couldn’t have written a more terrible ending.”We may be creating the 13th Mahdi without realizing it...perhaps we are...
UPDATE: Here's from a reader:
Interesting view on the death of Osama and who really won(?)... JPUPDATE Twice: Jules Crittenden Asks "8 Tough Questions." HT Don Surber
"He (Osama) repeatedly stated that the only way to drive the US from the Muslim world and defeat its satraps was by drawing the United States into a series of small but expensive wars that would ultimately bankrupt it."