The Assassination has Exposed…
by Steven Shamrak

1.      That target-killing of terrorists is an effective and acceptable way to deal with terrorists and state enemies. (Despite of the fact that Israel was constantly vilified by international bigots, even for the assassination of sheik Yasin, founder of Hamas?)

”The authority here was to kill bin Laden” - CIA Director Leon Panetta

2.      That covert military operations on a sovereign country can produce desired results and be met with overwhelming international support and cheers. (As long as it is not Israel targeting the Iraqi nuclear reactor.)

3.      That it is OK not to inform an ally, Pakistan, of every step that is taken to punish enemies even if the operation is conducted on its sovereign soil. (Israel has almost mandatory requirement to inform the US of any step it makes to defend itself.)

4.      That harsh interrogation techniques used by CIA at a secret prison in early 2004 provided a clue to finding Osama bin Laden. (The CIA had used sleep deprivation, slapping, nudity, water dousing and other coercive techniques)

"The debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches, I think, is always going to be an open question" -  Leon Panetta, director of the CIA.

5.       That it is permitted to make a decision to conduct a serious military operation on a gut feeling, even if there was no 100% guarantee that the target, Osama bin Laden, resided in the compound. Concern for ‘collateral’ damage was also brushed aside. (Israel must do everything right, triple-checking all data and aborting operations if civilians could be hurt!)

“Well, the problem was we were never really certain about whether or not bin Laden was there… we just did not know whether in fact he was there.” -  Leon Panetta, director of the CIA.

6.      That it is acceptable to lie or manipulate information presented to the international community about details of the operation without any shame or fear of international rebuke. (This is definitely a big “No” for Israel, as international anti-Semites in media and politics love tormenting Israel endlessly.) They had lied that:

a) Osama bin Ladin offered armed resistance

b) CIA was certain that he was residing in a compound

c) A woman was used as a human shield.

“A woman killed during the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was not his wife and was not used as a human shield by the al Qaeda leader before his death” – Reuters

d) President Obama watched live feed of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.

"Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn't know just exactly what was going on.” -  Leon Panetta, director of the CIA.

7.      That it is OK to give 3 billion dollars a year of foreign ‘aid’ to the enemy, Pakistan, pretending it is a friend, without any scrutiny and having no disproportional ‘public’ outrage. (In contrast, Israel must work hard paying back - by purchasing the US arms, providing strategic and intelligence services in a hostile region, developing new weapon technology and being the best political ally the US ever had - for the aid it is receiving!)