By lex, on May 7th, 2011
Amidst these discussions by Pakistani authorities over what to do with the house where Osama bin Laden spent his dying days, there was this little snippet:
The deputy head of the regional government suggested the site could become a permanent tourist destination for Abbottabad, which he characterized as one of Pakistan’s most tolerant cities and least touched by militant violence. Such a move, he said, would help boost the economy of a city still stunned by the revelation that it has been for five years hosted the world’s most-wanted man.
“One thing we’re hoping is that more tourists will come to visit now,” said the official, Mohammed Azfar Nisar, Abbottabad’s assistant coordination officer. “They are already there. in fact. Even if we don’t make it into a museum, people will still come. This could be a blessing in disguise for us.”
It’s an interesting insight into bin Laden’s personality, isn’t it, that – having sown the whirlwind of radical Islamist jihad – he chose for his sanctuary against that hurricane, a “tolerant” city untouched by militant violence.
Of course, this sort of thing is characteristic to those who will profligately spend the blood other people’s sons, while carefully husbanding their own.
The surest path to paradise is martyrdom, the weak-minded have been told. But for the boss and his family, heaven can wait.
10-23-2018 “Pakistan security agencies demolished the compound in February 2012 to prevent it from becoming a “sacred building for jihadis”. – Ed.