Have you ever seen little children fight over petty issues? Cute isn’t it? What if those little children are 40 years old. Not quite!
That is what is happening right now in the United States’ special operations force SEAL Team 6. The SEAL Team 6 brought itself international recognition a couple of years back when they successfully pulled off an operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which led to the death of America’s biggest enemy - Osama bin Laden. The operation was tightly secure and carried out in an extremely confidential manner. The SEALs were showered upon with fame and respect because what they pulled off was not just another operation. It was a turning point in America’s war history.
Then why compare them with school children? It all began in February 2013. Esquire magazine published an interview with the man who claimed to be the one who shot bin Laden. For security reasons of course, his identity was never revealed. While describing the sequence of events that took place that night, this man claimed that he was the only one to go up to Osama’s bedroom which was on the third floor. CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen, an al-Qaeda expert, dismissed the account to be a fake.
According to Bergen, three commandos made it first to Osama’s bedroom - one of which was the man who claimed to be the shooter. The other man was ‘the point man’ and the third was Matt Bissonette, who released a book under his pen name Mark Owen. The ‘point man’ was the first to shoot bin Laden when he saw him loitering about his bedroom anxiously. That shot severely injured bin Laden and made him immobile. The ‘point man’ then saw two more women in the bedroom and feared that they might be suicide bombers carrying explosives. The rushed the two woman into the room. Meanwhile the other two commandos shot bin Laden in the chest and killed him.
This revelation by the CNN team has shocked many. Not only is the authenticity of information provided by the shooter in question, but the plot still lays open. Nobody knows what exactly happened that day, not even the SEALs. Under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t matter who really shot bin Laden. The fact that the al-Qaeda leader was gunned down spreads enough happiness and the question as to who is the shooter is of little importance. But that’s not how the SEALs are looking at it.
According to reports, there has been a rift in the SEAL Team 6. Several members are unhappy with the claimed shooter for giving false information in the Esquire magazine. The shooter has been thrown out of the team for bragging about being the one who shot bin Laden in bars around Virginia, where the SEAL team is based. Nobody on the SEAL Team is willing to say anything about the raid, after such an incident took place. They refuse to open up.
The media of course is having its share of fun - just like how a kindergarten teacher has fun overlooking all the drama unfold among her little kids. While the question as to bin Laden’s shooter still remains in thin air, one would feel for the breakdown of the SEAL Team 6 which was once held in great esteem by the world, but is now broken due to a petty issue.Share this post