Bin Laden Death
August 2, 2011 by staff
“Of course they would,” said national securityanlyst Peter Bergen. “And some of the materials recovered at the [Osama] bin Laden compound indicate a desire to do something. But the desire to do something very different from the actual application. I think this is a group that has not only suffered the loss of leader, but was in very bad condition before it happened. ”
Bergen, one of the first Americans to interview Bin Laden ever, national securityanlyst for CNN. In his book, the longest war: the enduring conflict between America and al-Qaeda, which examines the history and the reasons for al-Qaida and gives a detailed explanation of the U.S. response the terrorist organization in the last decade.
The fresh air today, Bergen, explains how the influence of al-Qaida has changed in recent years. He also paints a picture of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian eye doctor who served as lieutenant of bin Laden before assuming the highest office in al-Qaida after the death of bin Laden. Bergen Terry Gross says that unlike Bin Laden, al-Zawahiri focuses on micro-organization and what it describes as a “black hole of charisma.”
“I have interviewed several people who know bin Laden … they tend to have a universal vision of how it is, what is modest, retiring, kind and thoughtful unpretentious – a lot of things that do not fit a mass murderer, that is so, “says Bergen. “And I’ve interviewed people who know quite well al-Zawahiri and say it’s a prickly, irritable and irritating, [and] not-a-happy-camper”.
Bergen has just returned from a two-week visit to Pakistan, where he visited the hiding place of bin Laden in Abbottabad.
“Almost everyone I’ve talked to did not believe he lived there,” he says. “So Pakistan is a country that I love and have spent a long time, but it is a country where conspiracy theories have their own life.”
And some recent U.S. feed the conspiracy theories, says Bergen. According to a report published last month in The New York Times, which said the CIA had hired a Pakistani doctor to run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad, in an attempt to get DNA from family members and confirm Bin Laden location.
“That feeds the conspiracy theories that Pakistan’s clerics have said that vaccination programs are a Western plot to undermine Pakistan,” he says. “There are plenty of conspiracy theories in Chile, but we did some things that tend to feed them or fan the flames.”
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