The French mis-connection.
Posted by Exile on January 1, 2007
One for the conspiracy-theory guys here.
Here’s a little snippet I picked up from AFP, (the french press agency) via Yahoo news, just before Christmas. I haven’t really been able to track anything on it since. I even checked the LGF archives for December – not a mention. In fact nobody else seems to have picked up on it.
So i thought I’d give it an airing here.
French soldiers in Afghanistan had Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in their crosshairs — twice — but did not receive the order from their US commander to open fire, a French documentary reported. The filmed report, by journalists Eric de Lavarene and Emmanuel Razavi, asserts that the French troops had bin Laden in their rifle scopes in 2003 and then again six months later in 2004.
Four French soldiers assigned to a 200-strong special forces unit in Afghanistan under US military control all confirmed — “at different times and in different places” — that they could have killed bin Laden but that the order to shoot was not forthcoming, the report claims. The documentary, entitled “Bin Laden: Failings of a Manhunt” and set to be shown on French cable television channel Planete at an unspecified date, relies on the accounts given by the four soldiers.
“We have the original voice recordings of the soldiers,” Razavi told AFP. “But their anonymity has to be guaranteed.”
However the French defence ministry said the story was “pure fabrication”. “There is absolutely no basis of truth in what is being said,” said spokesman Jean-Francois Bureau.
A couple of questions come to mind.
The show hasn’t been aired yet as far as I know, but would a TV channel make these claims without some sort of evidence? “We have the original voice recordings of the soldiers.” seems pretty convincing, but anybody can make a voice recording.
Of course the French Defense Ministry would deny it. After all, the idea that French troops nailed Bin Laden, where others couldn’t, has to appeal to the french super-ego as nothing else could. So failing to do so whilst having the golden opportunity would make them appear amateurish. And being refused the chance to take the shot because of a US commander saying “No.”, would make them appear subservient and lacking military autonomy.
But the thing that makes me wonder is, if the soldiers really did have Bin Laden in the scope, why wasn’t the order to fire given by the US commander?
OK, if this is a fabrication, then there was no US commander involved. My speculation would end there.
If, however, this is a true account of a French elite unit finding and getting a bead on Bin Laden, why not carry out the liquidation? Why would a US commander say “No.”? I wonder, why would they have to ask permission before shooting the most wanted terrorist in the world?
I have often speculated, with all the resources we are told are going in to finding Bin Laden, why haven’t we seen any results so far? How long can it take to find one man in a relatively enclosed area of mountainous terrain?
Maybe he has been found. But maybe he is of more value alive than dead to someone.
But as to just who that someone is, and why, I don’t know.