|Image: Saif Ali|
By the time Osama bin Laden was killed in his Pakistani hill-station retreat, this 54-year-old son of a Saudi-Yemeni billionaire had become an iconic symbol of religious obscurantism. To be sure, bin Laden was respo nsible for killing 2752 people in the attacks of 11 September 2001 – and so, inevitably, his death would be a violent one. The only surprise was that he lived nearly a decade after claiming credit, in a video clip, for the massacre of so many innocents. That he lived so long is a credit only to the genial incompetence of President George W Bush – and, it seems, the complicity of some members of the Pakistani intelligence services.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
From our archive:
Subel Bhandari looks at the Strategic Partnership Agreement, noting its avoidance of contentious issues. (April 2012)
Vijay Prashad reviews Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, discussing Taliban strategy in the context of NATO withdrawal. (October 2011)
Aunohita Mojumdar explores questions of accountability in relation to the West’s “hasty exit strategy”. (February 2011)