Friday, May 6, 2011

Bin Laden Hagiography

The US military may have dumped Bin Laden's corpse into the ocean so that his tomb does not become a shrine, and refuses to release photos of his corpse claiming it would be a security risk, but the conspiracy theories (particularly concerning the relationship between Pakistani and US security services) and folklore are beginning to blossom.

I particularly liked this ...

"Osama Bin Laden had some interesting items sewn into his clothes, according to CNN.

Osama bin Laden had 500 Euros (about $745) in cash and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was killed, a source present at a classified briefing on the operation Tuesday told CNN Wednesday.

The numbers, an official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, were for a Pizza Hut and a 24-hour taxicab service in Highbury, North London."

So was he planning an attack on a north London pizzeria with a minicab courier or did he just have culinary nostalgia from his days studying in the UK?

boingboing reported previously this explanation:

"By various reports, we are now learning that marijuana grew along the outside walls of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Was the Al Qaeda mastermind a stoner? He and his buds were said to have "bought a lot of food," and frequently placed bulk orders for Coke and Pepsi with a local grocer— so there's that. And, those glazed and distant eyes. But I doubt it: if ever there were a persona more harsh than mellow, it was this fellow.

And, oh, alright: truth is, it's not unusual to find patches of wild cannabis growing in this region."

Although I am not entirely in sympathy with Bin Laden and his philosophy, it is good to hear that he was supporting Hemp History Week.

Munchies? Can someone give me contacts for pizzerias in Attarabad?

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