Toronto Star  |  07May2011 | Orest Slepokura

Bin Laden killing: Vengeance or bloodlust?

In all the triumphal reporting attending the death of bin Laden a comment attributed to Obama counterterrorism adviser John Brennan stands out: “We are going to do everything we can to make sure that nobody has any basis to try to deny that we got Osama bin Laden.”

His concern over cynical skepticism is fully justified. Having brazenly lied about the rescue of Jessica Lynch in Iraq and death by friendly fire of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, it’s by no means certain the U.S. government isn’t fibbing about the circumstances attending bin Laden’s death in Pakistan.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.

The comments must be flooding your offices and here is mine.

As an engineer (graduated 1992 from the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands), I came to a decision earlier this year to join the group Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Normally I am not the person to join groups easily, but after years of doubts about the events of 9/11 I felt this was the right thing to do.

The organization strives to unearth the cause(s) behind the seemingly, and what visually appear to be, demolition collapses of WTC towers, even though the damage caused by the airplanes was limited. The collapse of WTC building 7, not hit by an airplane, is part of the investigation. The “official story” of the U.S. government is seriously questioned to be the true explanation of the collapses.

As long as there is no clear understanding of what led to the collapses of the three WTC buildings in New York, it would be hard to prove that Mr. bin Laden was behind the attacks and collapses. Any links between Mr. bin Laden and the attacks should be regarded as suggestive.

The choice to kill Mr. bin Laden, against the option of bringing him to justice only feeds to the notion that the U.S. political and military leaders have something to hide in this.

I hope that you resist from being an echo chamber and will continue to ask questions in the coming week, weeks and years to come.

Anton van Walraven, Bowen Island, B.C.

Hurrah, the United States with all their cunning and sophisticated equipment, have finally after 10 whole years killed a tired old man who has been painted a terrorist by the world in general but a terrorist, hmmm, open to interpretation.

The Americans have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in their quest to bring democracy to those that do not understand it and of couse cannot eat it during their days of extreme hunger.

The few thousand killed on 9/11 are minuscule when compared to the innocent people killed by the Americans in their quest for glory and of course protection of American interests around our shrinking planet. They have fought wars all over the globe protecting these interests like Iraqi oil.

Of course all their might and bluster never did beat down the tiny island of Cuba. They still blockade this country that has never killed an American in a act of war. The U.S. is now a trading partner with Vietnam, which killed thousands of the young American men in the Vietnam war another war the Americans had to stick their nose into.

They act as if they are the only country of importance on our tiny, tiny planet. Bin Laden was a man who for 10 years had wandered around the deserts and mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan hiding in caves travelling at night always avoiding a hit by the Americans drone missiles or their CIA and all their covert operatives there on the ground.

The good old U.S. keeps printing their phony fiat money to buy people’s phony allegiance they cannot otherwise control. Bin Laden was truly a genius -- a simple man looking for a simple way of life -- but the Americans in all their quest for “democracy for the world” never gave this man a chance. He had to fight.

Gordon Jantzi, Noenmaprang, Thailand