First thing I heard on the radio today is that Osama Bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan by US forces. Checking it out later I saw in the NYT that the "Body is Buried at Sea".
The CIA did this disappearing act with Che Guevara--hide the body so there would be no shrine potential....come to think of it, that's why the Russians burned Hitler's corspe, no?
In 1997 Guevera's remains were found, exhumed and transferred to Cuba where they lie in a mausoleum and monument. Even his hands. Hmm? These had been hacked off and sent back to his native Argentina to be preserved in formaldehyde but were later sent to Cuba. Odd, eh? Ten years prior, 1987, Argentine leader Juan Peron's tomb was desecrated and his hands cut off with an electric saw. An investigation into the matter was inconclusive and some involved in it died under "questionable circumstances". Wikipedia states that "In their book Unveiling the Enigma, writers Damian Nabot and David Cox write that the P2, also known as the Propaganda Due, were involved in the theft, and that there was a ritual involved in the cutting of Peron's hands".
|CIA National Security Archive, 1967.|
I find it significant his body was displayed in a laundry, as if to clean Che from collective memory before hiding him away. But hey, there's nothing like a missing body or empty tomb to base a religion upon...."It's like he is alive and with us, like a friend. He is kind of like a Virgin Mary for us. We say, 'Che, help us with our work or with this planting,' and it always goes well."— Manuel Cortez, a campesino who resides next to the schoolhouse where Guevara was executed.
But I get away from Bin Laden. I must admit, so quickly disposing of his body raises alarms bells in my prone-to-be-skeptical brain. I'm not saying there's something, er, fishy going on, but you can bet half the internet will. Seems like a perfect psy-op to me. Without any thorough independent examination of a body hastily disposed of, there will always be suspicions that this was like the second Oswald. This was the biggest manhunt in US history, the capture ten years in coming and now there is no body. Doesn't seem like standard police procedure to me.
You see, the seed already has tentative roots. Won't be so hard for some clever dick to make it blossom. From the comments on my Facebook homepage, that process is already well underway. All I can say is, if you want to start a folk legend, kill the outlaw. If you want to canonize him, hide the body....