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Is Osama bin Laden Dead?

Two editorials today take up the question of Osama bin Laden's curious silence.

Michael Ledeen, in The National Review Online and Peter Brookes in The New York Post both discuss the topic today. Ledeen reports that Iranians he trusts say bin Laden died in December 2005 in Iran.

As Brookes says, "rarely have the hard facts of life and death been so favorable to the spread of democratic revolution."


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Comments (10)

Someone recently asked me w... (Below threshold)

Someone recently asked me what I thought was going through Osama's mind during the last round of elections in Iraq.

I replied, "Worms."

I happen to know that our m... (Below threshold)
Brass:

I happen to know that our military is positive he is still alive. I know that a statement like that just screams for verification or at least some background, but I just can't give it.

I know that a statement... (Below threshold)

I know that a statement like that just screams for verification or at least some background, but I just can't give it.

Ledeen's statement also screams for verification, and I wish he could give it.

Oregon:There are man... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Oregon:
There are many Michael Ledeen statements that scream for verification! For some unexplained reason I've just never trusted what the man has had to say on most subjects.

I think "old wiley Osama" is "boogying" along the lawless Pakistan border somewhere. That, or thanks to a couple of Daisycutters, he's buried under millions of tons of a Tora Bora mountain. Just a guess, though.

Well, if it's true, what a ... (Below threshold)

Well, if it's true, what a nice belated Christmas gift for the civilized world.

I hope not I want him body ... (Below threshold)
David:

I hope not I want him body bagged by us!

I believe OBL has been dead... (Below threshold)
John S:

I believe OBL has been dead since late 2001, buried in rubble at Tora Bora. Although I find it odd the only time he has appeared since 2001 is for an October surprise Bush campaign commercial. Maybe he's working in Langley.

That'd be the Langley O'You... (Below threshold)
-S-:

That'd be the Langley O'Your Mind, eh, John S?

But it's an interesting fantasy, nonetheless. I'd like to see that occur, and the sooner the better. Alive or dead.

Maybe he's working in La... (Below threshold)

Maybe he's working in Langley.

OH MY GOD! VALERIE PLAME IS OSAMA BIN LADEN!!!!!

Ledeen writes bin Laden "di... (Below threshold)

Ledeen writes bin Laden "died of kidney failure and was buried in Iran."

Iran is believeable and bin Laden dead something to be wished for, but if you haven't read Richard Miniter's DISINFORMATION (22 Media Mythis That Undermine the War on Terror) do.

He devotes one chapter to bin Laden's supposed kidney problems. Nothing Miniter found in his research indicates bin Laden ever had kidney problems.

It's an excellent read.




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