(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Osama bin Laden is back in news - and this time around with another controversy of its own. If Stratfor emails leaked by WikiLeaks are to be believed then the American military and the White House authorities would have to undertake another exercise of explanations by sticking to their earlier stance that the dreaded terrorist was buried at sea - and the US is not holding his remains.
But the point is that the tale of his spotting in the mountains of Abbottabad, his flush-out operation and subsequent killing, and reported burying him at the sea, was not convincingly told. First of all it wasn't expected of American prudence to just wash off hands by throwing him in the sea when hundreds and thousands of legal questions remained unanswered on his person.
The impugned war on terrorism which had cost the United States more than four trillion dollars, and is counting, and with a region still in a flux, dumping Osama deep in the sea didn't carry any rationale. The fiction-laden story that the world was told on May 2 morning was unbelievable at the very outset. So was its drop scene. The allegation that Osama's body lies in a state of rest at the Maryland medical institute of the US military is in need of proper clarification. Like the case of Guantanamo Bay where hundreds of prisoners were held without trial and recognition for long, this saga is also toiling the US reputation as a free and responsible actor on the world stage. Osama is dead and is history, but there are unending questions that Al Qaeda and the US security apparatus are in need of answering - and the sooner they are addressed, the better.