Yes, he is here. In fact, he lives next door to me here in Secure Undisclosed Locationville — proving once again the wisdom of Robert Frost’s adage, “Good fences make good neighbors.”
In the Gulf News online survey done on May 7, 30 per cent of the responders said Pakistan was the terrorist’s likely hiding place. Only 12 per cent said Afghanistan, while 51 per cent said it was the United States.
To double check whether people on the streets are equally paranoid and think on the same lines, Gulf News caught some unwary shoppers and asked them the question. While some people said they would rather not comment on the subject, a large number also believe he is in the United States, as according to them, Bin Laden was once “created” by America.
A Dubai resident said people think he is in the United States, “because he was working for them before”, said Daniella Paderi. “And now he has gone back home.” The expatriate said catching Osama was not important. “There are more important things to worry about, as the war in Iraq,” she said.
Hassan Ali, an Egyptian expatriate in Abu Dhabi, said Bin Laden was most probably in Texas (home of US President George Bush). “That’s where he is running his family business now,” he said. “All the media fuss is make-believe. He probably has coffee daily with American officials.”
Khalid Ahmad in Abu Dhabi also believes Bin Laden is in America. “I am sure they already know where he is,” he said. The response changes when an European or a non-Arab expatriate is asked the same question….
Andy Sheekey said people thought Bin Laden was in the United States because of paranoia. He also felt it was because of a “complete lack of trust in the judicial system. Cracking down on poverty is probably the major thing that needs to be done (rather than hunting him down)”. Asked where in the United States would the terrorist likely be, he said “Washington”….
Yasmin Ali, an American, felt Bin Laden was in Pakistan because reports say so. “If he was in the United States, he would be somewhere in the backwaters. People probably wish he was in the United States.”…