Video: Taiwanese animators imagine Bin Laden’s death

posted at 5:37 pm on May 2, 2011 by Allahpundit

Crowd-pleasing fun to cleanse the palate. My only quibble: Bin Laden didn’t die nearly this bravely. According to John Brennan, one of his wives ended up as a human shield, possibly against her will or possibly … voluntarily. I tweeted earlier today that it’d be amazing if the SEALs had actually had cameras embedded on them somehow during the raid; Red State contributor Jeff Emanuel tweeted back that helmet cams on some troops during raids like this aren’t out of the ordinary. I know the White House doesn’t want to give away any SEAL secrets by making the recordings public, but if they have a few seconds of OBL cowering behind his wife, post it. That sort of self-discrediting propaganda is worth billions. Muslim confidence in Bin Laden has been steadily eroding for the past decade. If he went out hiding behind a skirt, let them see it and seal the deal.

Something I’ve been thinking about since the news broke last night: What was this guy doing with himself for the past 10 years? He put out two or three videos, only one of which (in 2004, right before the U.S. presidential election) received any real attention. He issued audiotapes more frequently, but with little consequence and often, inexplicably, with no references to recent news to at least prove that he was alive. By virtually all intelligence accounts, his role in Al Qaeda had been reduced to a figurehead. Like most people, I thought he’d been dead for ages just because I couldn’t fathom that a psychology like his, with its grandiose fantasies of leading an Islamic conquest of the world, would allow him to drop off the grid. But he did. Was he … retired? Was he waiting for us to withdraw from Afghanistan in some insane hope that he’d simply move back across the border and re-open Tarnak Farms? The fact that he hid for 10 years proves that he knew we were, and always would be, desperate to kill him; he’d never be safe, even in an Afghanistan back under Taliban control.

The best I can do to explain his (in)actions is that he was waiting for Pakistan, not Afghanistan, to collapse. If the government in Islamabad toppled and a free-for-all erupted between the Pakistani military, the Taliban, and people with a foot in both those groups, he might have been able to carve out an enclave in a heavily fortified area. It’d be tough to insert U.S. troops into a situation like that, and Pakistani weaponry is sophisticated enough to take down American drones. And of course, Bin Laden’s top priority would be stealing a nuclear bargaining chip from Pakistan’s arsenal; once he had one in his hands, any action against him would be too risky to attempt. (Call that “the Iranian lesson.”) Am I wrong about all that? If I am, then I repeat: What was this guy’s plan post-9/11?


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What was this guy’s plan post-9/11?

I believe he got paranoid. That some bit of evidence or info in a video may tip off the United States.

Or perhaps be was being protected by ISI under the condition that he not cause them more headaches than he’s worth.

amerpundit on May 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

These sort of productions needs to be made in America. But awesome anyway.

Oil Can on May 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Oh my God, I haven’t laughed so hard in months!

Ryan Anthony on May 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I’m sorry but I giggle every time I see the soldiers pissing on him and the forced bacon sex.

Blake on May 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Something I’ve been thinking about since the news broke last night: What was this guy doing with himself for the past 10 years?

He was the money guy. His job was to finance the terror. Now who has the money spigot ?

William Amos on May 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

No HA ref in this video?!

blatantblue on May 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

These sort of productions needs to be made in America. But awesome anyway.

Oil Can on May 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

It was a brilliant idea. People love these videos. And it’s silly that satirists in this country didn’t think of it first.

Blake on May 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I think AP needs to put up that Photoshop of bin Laden and Bert. It’s a favorite. ;)

pookysgirl on May 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

How long was he camped in this particular compound? What a boring ugly place. I heard that his relatives were always visiting him so I guess he still partied.

Blake on May 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I wonder if the fat kid from Orange County is starting to sweat?

Blake on May 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

What was this guy doing with himself for the past 10 years?

Cowering in a corner. If he ever did go out, it was probably in a burkha.

He must have figured the heat was subsiding with Bush out of power, and he got sloppy.

iurockhead on May 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM

WIN!!!1!!

Yakko77 on May 2, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Gasped all the way through. They kept going there.

Wowie. The Taiwanese animators have more guts than I thought.

inviolet on May 2, 2011 at 5:50 PM

What was Reagan’s great quote about terrorists? “You can run but you can’t hide and you will die tired!”

The War Planner on May 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Am I wrong about all that? If I am, then I repeat: What was this guy’s plan post-9/11?

I’ve seen reports that people around him said he believed that the US would respond like we did after Somalia. That we indeed would surrender and run and not fight back.

Yeah, he did.

But that still doesn’t explain his silence all these years. After all, he gained a great deal of fame through the dissemination of simple audio tapes where he would give these, to his audience, great speech about the Caliphate and the glory days of Islam.

Why he stopped doing that is a complete mystery. Fear of being caught? Or perhaps an agreement with the ISI that in return for safety he’d quit the proselytizing and lay low?

SteveMG on May 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

The best I can do to explain his (in)actions is that he was waiting for Pakistan, not Afghanistan, to collapse.

Or him staying low was the demand from ISI to not give him up to USA.

the_nile on May 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Ji-ha-ha

Bee on May 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

LMAO!! I love the Xbox video game achievement pop up and the 72 virgin hogs. These guys are great.

Daemonocracy on May 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

“Achievement Received”…classic.

Vigilante on May 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

911 Jihad Street. To think he was there all this time and we dismissed it because it was too obvious.

StubbleSpark on May 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Why he stopped doing that is a complete mystery. Fear of being caught? Or perhaps an agreement with the ISI that in return for safety he’d quit the proselytizing and lay low?

SteveMG on May 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Him staying low until USA gave up.

the_nile on May 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Or him staying low was the demand from ISI to not give him up to USA

Yeah, that’s my guess. Sort of a quid pro quo between those elements in the ISI and him. I.e., “If you stay quiet, we’ll keep you protected. Just don’t make trouble for us and we won’t make it for you.”

SteveMG on May 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I was completely wrong also, AP- really thought he loved the spotlight too much to go to ground.
Pretty cagey actually- would have gotten away with it too, except for those meddling kids, W & Darth Cheney, and their illegal torture.

jjshaka on May 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Wow! The last scene is just…wow! HAHAHAHA.

Give the Taiwanese credit for not kowtowing to Islamic terrorism.

My favorite scene was definitely the soldiers peeing on him. ROFL.

Pattosensei on May 2, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Photo from room ?

This frame grab from video obtained exclusively by ABC News, on Monday, May 2, 2011, shows a section of a room in the interior of the compound where itis believed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan

William Amos on May 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Foamy the Squirrel: Swimming With the Fishes : Bin Laden Special

Funny and informative as always.

Foamy is Lord and Master!

Yakko77 on May 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Greatest thing i’ve ever seen.

madne0 on May 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I particularly liked the part where the video shows the Pakistani intelligence literally in bed with bin laden. While simply stating that the Pakistani’s claimed to be ‘involved’ in the operation.

Freddy on May 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Absolutely hysterical!

Dino64 on May 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Bin Laden didn’t die nearly this bravely

Che died like a big coward too, begging the Americans to spare his life. There is a picture of his cowardly last moments, that used to be on twitter, but the lefties removed it.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I tweeted earlier today that it’d be amazing if the SEALs had actually had cameras embedded on them somehow during the raid; Red State contributor Jeff Emanuel tweeted back that helmet cams on some troops during raids like this aren’t out of the ordinary.

Not a chance there weren’t cameras. As I said on an earlier thread, they knew exactly who their target was. You can bet your a$$ there were helmet cams.

slug on May 2, 2011 at 6:16 PM

I haven’t laughed that hard in ages. Nice.

balishak on May 2, 2011 at 6:16 PM

“Osama-bin-bye-bye” CLASSIC!

bernzright777 on May 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Great video…

… pee and pigs.

+7%…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM


Bin Laden didn’t die nearly this bravely

Che died like a big coward too, begging the Americans to spare his life. There is a picture of his cowardly last moments, that used to be on twitter, but the lefties removed it.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Progressives are cowards, always have been, always will.

The best part of the video was right after they explained his body was treated in accordance with Islamic tradition and they were peeing on it.

Was that what they meant when they said his body had been “Washed”?

Colbyjack on May 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Che died like a big coward too, begging the Americans to spare his life. There is a picture of his cowardly last moments, that used to be on twitter wikipedia, but the lefties removed it.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Not on twitter, but on wiki

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

It doesn’t feel at all as if ObL died yesterday. It feels like he died in Dec. of 2001, and the body was just told about.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Ahh, there’s nothing better than an a$$ raping by 72 virgin pigs.

Life is good.

madmonkphotog on May 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM

A sure to be Jihad Classic!!!

Hell was to good for him.

PappyD61 on May 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM

“911 Jihad Street.” That should have been the first place we looked for him ten years ago!1!

Kensington on May 2, 2011 at 6:55 PM

What was this guy’s plan post-9/11?

Video Poker and spicy pork rinds?

trigon on May 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

That’s like the McGruber version of what happened.

Mojave Mark on May 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Was he waiting for us to withdraw from Afghanistan in some insane hope that he’d simply move back across the border and re-open Tarnak Farms?

Yes.

He figured that we would, assaulted politically from within and without, give up the fight.

The press and the doves almost got him over the hump.

hillbillyjim on May 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Satan is a hermaphrodite?

Nice touch having Hitler and Saddam as a greeting party.

Pigs!!

Kafir on May 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM

What was this guy’s plan post-9/11?

Video Poker and spicy pork rinds?

trigon on May 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Let’s not assume that he was pure and committed all his life. He was a spoiled son of an extremely wealthy man. After his one big hit he may have been content to coast on his reputation and live a life of relative luxury, though in hiding, sending others to their deaths. A Yassir Arafat type of figure.

slickwillie2001 on May 2, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Perhaps Osama didn’t think Obama had it in him to kill him or terrorize him in the night or kill him in cold blood. I can’t imagine why he’d think that. *cough*JohnKerry*cough*

SouthernGent on May 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

This was funny.

BowHuntingTexas on May 2, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Can’t stop watching, so good, so GOOD!

Who is John Galt on May 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I wonder if the fat kid from Orange County is starting to sweat?

Blake on May 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

They’re all starting to sweat:

Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data

The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO.

“They cleaned it out,” one official said. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

scrubjay on May 2, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Heard this joke on Hannity this afternoon.

When Osama bin Laden died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive!”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, “You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!”

James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, “This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!”

Thomas Jefferson was next, beat Osama with a long cane and snarled, “It was evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence .”

The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist leader.

As Osama lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Bin Laden wept and said, “This is not what you promised me.”

The Angel replied, “I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?”

Elisa on May 2, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Looks like Osama…

*puts on shades*

… got porked.

YEAAAH

R. Waher on May 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM

What was this guy’s plan post-9/11?

He trusted ISI to “help” him and he got boned. They slowly put the squeeze on him to where he was their prisoner..he couldn’t leave because he needed their protection. They’ve been holding him to use as an Ace up their sleeve with the US if we clamped down on them or Tali / AQ if they took control of Paki. Just a guess..good as any.

Alden Pyle on May 3, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Can it be assumed with little fear of being wrong that those Taiwanese animators are smoking some seriously funny funny stuff these days?

pilamaye on May 3, 2011 at 8:03 AM

It won’t show now… saying “It’s Private” anyone know where I can find it?

CynicalOptimist on May 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Try Live Leak now. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=173_1304363717

They have it on there. Its hysterical.

JP1986UM on May 3, 2011 at 5:39 PM