Thursday, 30 June 2011

Unintended consequences

Why didn't the Pakistani authorities notice Osama Bin Laden when he was hiding - not very effectively - right under their noses? A lot of people have suggested that the Pakistani security forces were in league with Al Qaeda. Lawrence Wright in the New Yorker has an alternative theory, based on just following the money.

The USA was giving Pakistan shedloads of money to chase after terrorists. Maybe the Pakistanis figured that actually winning the War On Terror might throttle the goose that was popping out golden eggs at a rate of knots. Best to look keen but keep Public Enemy #1 at large for as long as possible. Read the whole thing here.