Noam Chomsky on his Reaction to Osama bin Laden's Death. "It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law," writes Noam Chomsky on the death of bin Laden. "In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress 'suspects.'" Chomsky highlights the lack of evidence surrounding bin Laden, even with regard to the attacks of 9/11. "There is much talk of bin Laden’s 'confession,' but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement." Chomsky questions "how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s and he is not a 'suspect' but uncontroversially the 'decider' who gave the orders."
M.J. Akbar on the Pakistan Army's Lack of Independence from the U.S. According to M.J. Akbar, the following is a stark fact: "the Pakistan Army is impotent before America." Beyond the pretension, the idea that the killing of Osama was some sort of “joint operation” was "thin camouflage that has been torn apart by minimal public scrutiny." Regardless of how much the Army claims to stand up to the U.S., it is impotent. "This is a variation, not particularly subtle, of the neo-colonial syndrome... In essence, neo-colonization is the grant of independence on condition you do not exercise it." While Pakistan struggles to explain how bin Laden was living comfortably in such close proximity of the military, it's clear that the Pakistan Army has greatly deteriorated. The cause that Akbar cites is the "absence of accountability. No one, either a wing of government or Parliament, can question its will to do what it wants. In the name of patriotism, it has declared virtual independence from the rest of Pakistan." The result is that the army "has become a porous bale of cotton."