Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Insight Into Where Osama Bin Laden Spent His Final Days

"The compound is just a few hundred metres from the Pakistan Military Academy - the country's equivalent of Sandhurst or West Point." (BBC)

"The Pakistani authorities are under growing pressure to explain how the al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, could have lived just minutes away from a military facility without being discovered." (BBC
How could the worlds most wanted terrorist have been living in a mansion within an affluent government city, a few hundred meters from a military academy?

It's a valid question.

Shame: A NovelWhile this seems unbelievable to the outside observer, the answer is quite obvious once you read the novel Shame. Once read, the location of Osama Bin Ladens compound will seem to be the most likely of events.

A good friend in India recommended this novel by Salman Rushdie a month ago.  For me to read Shame in the weeks leading up to this event in Pakistan couldn't have been better timing. The novel is a fascinating exploration of the psyche and history of Pakistan (something I knew nothing about prior to reading) with some magnificent magical realism bringing it to life off the pages.

Personally, I would have expected Osama Bin Laden to have built a compound a little more like this monolithic safe house in Poland (make sure you check the link to see it in full "safe mode"):

As opposed to this:

Guess life is hard for terrorists these days too. Lets hope it stays that way.

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