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Re: More Thoughts
Posted By: wintermute, on host
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2001, at 08:59:45
In Reply To: Re: More Thoughts posted by Zarniwoop on Thursday, September 27, 2001, at 08:30:01:

> > Your arguments are not internally consistent. You say on the one hand that you want the people responsible for this brought to justice, and yet on the other hand you argue *against* the one thing that has a real chance of doing just that--military action. I'd like to hear how you propose we bring bin Ladin to justice without going in and foricbly removing him from Afgahnistan. The Taliban will not extradite him. Their demands for "proof" of his involvement are merely a poor attempt to justify their willful disregard for international law and human rights. I am about 99.9% certain that no amount of proof we provide (and yes, Colin Powell has said we *will* be providing proof) will satisfy them. What then? Do we just say "Oh well, we tried" and leave it at that? No. We go in and we get him ourselves.
> Here's an interesting point. Why is everyone assuming that bin Laden is still in Afghanistan? Think about it for a moment. How difficult would it be for him to sneak out by air to somewhere a long way away? I wouldn't be at all surprised if he's by now long gone and hiding somewhere completely different, possibly with the aid of plastic surgery etc. Seems the smart thing if it's obvious that someone's coming to get you.
> Zarn"Just a thought. You may draw your own conclusions"iwoop

I would be willing to bet that the Al Qa'ada (or something like that) don't have a plastic surgeon on their books. There can't be much demand for it in Afganistan, considering that not one legally practicioning doctor is qualified to do it. And if I was bin Laden, I would have difficulty trusting that a doctor who wasn't a member of his organisation wouldn't put you unconcious and then claim the $5,000,000 reward.

Even so, I think that cosmetic surgery is a great sin in the eyes of Islamists.

I could, of course, be wrong on either of the above points.

His face is probably one of the most famous in the world at the moment, and given that he won't cut his beard (for religous reasons), he would have great difficulty going anywhere by air (and the local terrain is not condusive to rapid ground travel).

Besides, while the Taliban may not be willing to surrender bin Laden, they may well not be averse to proving that he is no longer in Afghanistan if it would stop Kabul being carpet bombed.

winter"And this is all assuming that the CIA don't have satelite pictures of him weeding his garden"mute

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