Sunday, August 24, 2003
Well, following up on various rumors and Elvis sightings, it appears that most of the dark-lanternists at the CIA and other spook agencies worldwide have nailed down Usama bin Laden's wherabouts. Apparently he's hanging in the Pakistan's forbidding Northwest Frontier provinces. The Guardian of Manchester and London has run a rather interesting story. Those interviewed by the reporter indicate that bin Laden's location is ringed by a 120 mile ribbon of tribesmen whose loyalty he has rented, with a smaller circle of tribal elders guarding an interior line close to him. He's hard to get to, so the U.S. and the Pakistanis have agreed to put him off for now while the U.S., the Pakistanis and the rest of the allies take apart the middle management sector. The story can be found here , in this past Saturday's edition.
Actually, this story is nothing new. The Guardian is basically dressing up an old story and giving it new currency with additional interviews. Most folks who believe bin Laden to be alive (I have my doubts, as well) have figured that he would take refuge in the Northwestern Frontier as long as he could. Bin Laden purchased the loyalty of the local tribes, and he's extremely hard to get to as a result. However, in the end even he will be betrayed, probably by someone he trusts. Such people find themselves very much alone at the end of days.