I have done this interview with someone I actually grew up with in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She has been struck down with early Alzheimer’s disease and is facing her fate with extraordinary courage and good humour, not flinching from the slow horrors that unfold in her life, and never losing her smile and indeed her sensitivity to others. I was so impressed and in awe of Nadia’s positive approach and how attentive she was towards me, curious and interested in my life, in the midst of everything she is going through. She is indeed an example of someone who sees her cup half full, and I found her an absolute inspiration.
Is it just me or is anyone else worried that we haven’t seen any evidence of Bin Laden’s death. I don’t want to rain on the parade and maybe I am just a compulsive worrier, but we had evidence of Saddam being pulled out of his hole in Iraq and I just need something visual to show me that the most evil man on the planet is no longer of the flesh. Dropping his body into the sea means we can never know this for sure. Did they take a photograph? I know there are DNA samples but do we believe this, I want some concrete and visual proof. Assuming all is well, and the rest of the world seems to be at peace with this (apart from me) it is a massive turning point for us all. A hugely emotional day but mostly for those who have lost someone to the vicious terrorism of Al Qaeda. To them the day will bring bitterness and sadness as well as joy and relief. Well done to President Obama and God Bless the U S of A, and all the military and intelligence that has gone into this huge feat. Gone is the financier of terrorism, the terrible Satanic visionary of death, the master planner of destruction. Yes Al Qaeda lives on in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and one has to note how saddened and condemnatory Hamas has been today. But the heinous movement has been stripped of its Head. Let’s hope the Hydra serpent doesn’t grow more heads and that if it does the West manages to torch them off and bury them under a rock forever, as with the mythical Hydra. Following on from the legend, it’s interesting that Hydra lived in the Lernean marshes, near Argolis, and Bin Laden lived just 60 miles from Islamabad, Capital of Pakistan. Does that mean the Pakistani authorities were complicit in his survival and life there ? Surely yes! How can he have kept his compound such a closely guarded secret just a two hour drive from the Capital and streets away from Pakistan’s Sandhurst, a military academy complex that has been the training ground for the country’s officer corps for 60 years.
“Osama – who cares? He’s just a creation of America,” said a mechanic, from under a broken vehicle in Abbottabad, this quiet military town in the Himalayan foothills, which seems to have housed Osama Bin Laden for many years. “We don’t care about him. Petrol prices are rising, food is more expensive, and our leaders are corrupt. That’s all we care about.”
Well you know what mate, the rest of us do care about this a whole lot, we in London who lived through 7/7, those in New York who lived through 9/11, and the countless others in places around the world where Bin Laden unleashed his atrocities. Most recently Marrakech, where two friends of mine have just celebrated their honeymoon and were in the Square when the bomb went off last week, mercifully shielded by some stalls and thank God unhurt. Yes many, many others around the world most certainly DO CARE that, hopefully, Bin Laden is finally dead.