First of all, can I take credit for this trend of provocative (read: swear words) blog post titles? 🙂
Now, onto my CONSPIRACY THEORY. I, like several others of you have stated, don’t believe in too many conspiracy theories. I watched a documentary about how 9/11 was a hoax back in high school and I thought that was pretty well done and believable, but I feel like most of the theories out there (Sandy Hook, Illuminati, Moon landing) are such a ‘stretch’! So, I’m not going to argue that Osama bin Laden wasn’t killed by the U.S. Military in May of 2011 in this post. Instead, I will just explain what the theories are – and let y’all decide if they’re legit or not.
If you didn’t understand my blog post title, it is a play on the movie Zero Dark THIRTY. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the same woman who directed The Hurt Locker. It was also nominated for an Oscar! Anyway, the movie details the *supposed* takedown of the infamous Osama bin Laden by a dedicated woman in the CIA and a top secret, extra tactical US Navy Seal team. Throughout the movie, you see the difficulty of locating bin Laden because of his limited and secretive communication with others in al Qaeda and within his family. The actual raid of his compound only makes up about a half-hour of the movie, but there is definitely a scene of the Seals shooting bin Laden multiple times. What the movie DOESN’T show, however, is the controversial burial and lack of evidence surrounding bin Laden’s death…
Conspiracy theorists have two main reasons why bin Laden wasn’t killed by the US Navy Seal team in May of 2011.
1. Lack of physical evidence. Basically, there ain’t none. No pictures, videos, DNA tests, etc. Why wouldn’t the Seal team take a picture of bin Laden’s death for proof? And if they did take one, why wouldn’t they be allowed to release it? I remember watching the video of Saddam Hussein’s execution…I don’t know why I watched it (dark time of my life), but I did. So why not show us something???
2. Sketchy burial. bin Laden was buried at sea because U.S. officials stated that there wasn’t any proper form of burial available within 24 hours of his death, as dictated by Muslim practice. However, the U.S. hadn’t always followed this practice. The sons of Saddam Hussein, for example, were held for several days before being buried. (The Devil’s Double is a GREAT movie about Uday Hussein, one of Saddam’s sons.) Some argue that the burial at sea was meant to rid bin Laden’s death of any form of enshrinement or focus of attention since it wouldn’t be easily accessible. Either way, the burying him at sea does seem a little…fishy.
So, why would the US fake Osama bin Laden’s death?
The answer is pretty simple. At the time of bin Laden’s “death”, Obama was getting ready to run for another term of presidency. Bringing the nation together by killing the man who was behind the worst terrorist attack in US history would be a great way to start out your campaign. What do you guys think? Is this a hoax? Is bin Laden still alive? Or did he die long ago?