A mere day after US President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader
and arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden has been killed by
US Special Forces in Pakistan, and the World Wide Web is gushing with conspiracy theories, fed mostly by the White House statement that he was swiftly buried at sea, with nothing but reassurance from the US government that his body had been positively identified.
US President Barack Obama, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top National Security staff, watched a live feed of
the operation. The footage of the battle however, has not been released and was described as "gory," feeding frenzied rumors even further.
French website JSSNews, for example, found a striking resemblance between the Abbottabad compound used by bin Laden and the map of none other than the State of Israel.
Bin Laden's compound vs. the map of Israel (Photos: JSSNews)
The website compared satellite footage and imagery of the area with Israel's outline and concluded that the main house – where bin Laden was captured and killed – is located where Jerusalem can be found on a map of Israel. The compound's gate parallels the location of Tel Aviv, its dumping ground matches the location of Tiberias, and another building matched the location of Haifa.
According to the Daily Telegraph, social media website Facebook already has several groups bearing titles such as "Osama bin Laden NOT DEAD"; and the blogosphere is humming with suppositions that the US government either faked the raid, or still has custody of the body.
Many of the theories doubting bin Laden's death look at another dictator for support, saying that given the extent of coverage given to executions of Saddam Hussein and his sons, whose bodies were – as one Facebook wall said – "paraded around to prove they were dead," the method in which the body of the al-Qaeda leader was disposed of simply makes no sense.
Meanwhile, Alex Jones, a US radio host, claimed that the US government had concocted the killing to justify a security crackdown; while others believe that bin Laden has been dead for years and some claimed that the killing was simply an elaborate part of Barack Obama's re-election plan.
The "presidential campaign" theory was given extra credence, according to some, by the fact that the US president's announcement of bin Laden's death cut into a broadcast of Donald Trump's reality show "Celebrity Apprentice."