Thursday, January 04, 2007
Mullah Omar hasn't seen Bin Laden for years. Which is not much of a surprise to me, since Osama is dead, pushing up the desert equivalent of daisies somewhere. Omar says he hasn't seen him since late 2001, after the US forces ousted the Taleban from Afghanistan. Which is right about the time his death notice turned up in an Egyptian newspaper.
So, either Osama is dead, or he's being protected by the people who should be hunting his ass down. Why?
Consider this: It is well known that Osama had a kidney problem that required dialysis treatment. While it would not be impossible for him to drag a dialysis machine around the caves of Tora Bora, it would be damned inconvenient. Not to mention close to impossible to power one. So in order to get treatment, or die, Osama must visit a hospital. Given that his choice of hospitals in the region are limited, especially for ones with dialysis machines, it wouldn't take a whole lot of operatives stationed at area hospitals waiting for him to check in to catch him. And since he needs the treatments every three months (I believe) or so, in five years, he certainly could have been caught by now, unless, being a CIA asset has afforded him a "hands-off" treatment. Or else he's dead. Which is probably why he has been silent since a French newspaper reported his death this past summer.
One place I'm sure he never was-Iraq.