Osama Bin Laden…

Posted: May 2, 2011 in History

Is dead.

  1. polly says:

    Hmm, consensus amongst folks I know is that he PROBABLY is dead, we just aren’t convinced he hasn’t been dead for years. And we’re about to get dragged into some war or other. But we could be wrong…

  2. Erik Schwarz says:

    As the press busies itself with writing the first draft of history, it is refreshing to read someone who actually knows something about the subject. Here is the lead from today’s City Journal piece by the military historian Victor Davis Hanson:

    “There was something quite Roman in the killing of Osama bin Laden, something reminiscent of the manner in which the Romans eventually dealt with a rogue’s gallery of charismatic tribal enemies—Spartacus, Vercingetorix, Jugurtha, Mithridates, Boudica, and others—all of whom claimed victory over the Romans and invulnerability from their global reach, only to be eventually defeated, forced to kill themselves, executed, or killed in battle.”

    Very apropos for Ren when in her imperial mode, laying into modern Jugurthas and Vercingetorices (? – my memory of Latin declensions has faded.) The rest of Hanson’s piece is also thought-provoking. http://www.city-journal.org/2011/eon0502vdh.html

  3. ernest Greene says:

    I suspect his location has been known for years and that he could probably have been done in long before now but was a more useful bogeyman alive, especially when it came to justifying repressive domestic policies.

    Now, however, with terrorism receding behind economic hardship in the public mind, his political usefulness is greater as a trophy to calm the restive masses, and thus he ends up one.

    Nice timing too. Never underestimate the political skills of someone who came up through the Chicago finishing school. It’s easier to be elected pope than an alderman from there.

  4. Roy Kay says:

    I wish they took him alive. Yeah it would be a media circus, but in the “sentencing phase” it would have been well to have had the testimony of common Muslims on their tribulations at his direction.

    Plenty of others to take his place. al-Qaida maybe dead, but there are many who yearn to fight in a Jihad. Too many see their lives as empty without it – not just poor, but well off seeking “meaning” in carnage.

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