As Obama finally caught up with Osama last week in what has widely been attributed as an “extra judicial killing”, it was refreshing to note the Mayor of London in his regular Daily Telegraph column yesterday, also calling for universal acceptance that this was an “execution”. In fact, this is not a dissimilar position which Ken Livingstone expressed last week. Yet Ken’s views were labelled as “extreme”. I suspect that there will now be less finger pointing about this at Ken who wasthe first to articulate the views of a society who are accustomed to thinking within the parameters of the rule of law and due processes.
Interestingly, shortly after 9/11, Boris argued even more fervently, that in the interests of promoting civilisation above barbarism, them vs us etc, Bin Laden had to be put on trial. I totally concur but why is it then, that we continue to shield someone in London, who in all probability, knew that Osama Bin Laden was based in Pakistan during his reign?
We have to ask ourselves, why are we putting up people like, Parvez Musharraf, when he’s not been honest about the security risks to us all from his own country guests? After all he was the President during the 9/11 atrocities and a member of the army that runs Pakistan as a state within a state. I have indeed been asking these questions to the Mayor and not getting any straight answers, before the recent events. Maybe it’s now time that I did!
So while the Mayor also raises his own questions about whether we can trust Pakistani intelligence service, my question is whether we can trust the man at it’s head and whom we are having to put up in our city at Londoner’s expenses, Parvez Musharraf.