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So Much for the Theory that the U.S. Has Made Bin Laden a Martyr

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That was the argument that a British human-rights lawyers took with me in a debate on the BBC earlier this week. But an Israeli online newspaper reports:

Ismail Kosari, a member of the Iranian parliament’s Security and Foreign Policy Commission and a close affiliate of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, postulated that bin Laden was actually operated by Israel.

“He was just a puppet controlled by the Zionist regime in order to present a violent image of Islam after the September 11 attacks,” he said, adding that the al-Qaeda leader’s assassination proves he had “an expiration date” forcing the US to kill him.

 ”Bin Laden’s death reflects the passing of a temporary US pawn, and symbolizes the end of one era and the beginning of another in American policy in the region,” Kosari said.

 Another member of the commission, Javad Jahangirzadeh, accused the US of carrying out terror attacks with bin Laden’s assistance. He says the administration killed the terrorist in order to prevent information about this from leaking out.

 ”The West has been very pleased with bin Laden’s operations in recent years,” Jahangirzadeh said. “Now the West was forced to kill him in order to prevent a possible leak of information he had, information more precious than gold.”

 He said the arch-terrorist could have endangered Western interests had he been allowed to go on living, by exposing past as well as future operations.

By contrast, I wrote yesterday for NRO on the salty tears Hamas is shedding over bin Laden’s demise. If you missed it, it’s here.

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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