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Schrodinger's Caliph

So, there's another report that Osama's taking the big dirt nap. Some are even speculating that the big Taliban funeral we passed on bombing last month might have been for the Big Cheese himself.

Intellectually, I find I don't care any more.

Emotionally, I'm still tremendously invested in seeing the son of a bitch dead. I want his rotting corpse paraded around the US, with prolonged stops in New York City, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. I'd like to see his preserved head as a key part of a monument. I want his grave designated a national rest area, so we can all line up and piss on his grave.

But intellectually, I recognize he's long past any relevance. He had his successes, leading up to his singular achievement, but he's yesterday's news now. He hasn't been important for several years.

The war was never about him. It did not start when he first struck at the United States, and it will not miraculously be over when he's finally confirmed dead. And those who fixate on him as the be-all and end-all of the war on terror do so at all our peril.


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Comments (7)

I agree. This war is not a... (Below threshold)
SurfinKC:

I agree. This war is not about one man!

I doubt that funeral was for him. However, if it was, it shouldn't be to hard to find his corpse!

Another case of Leftie dupl... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Another case of Leftie duplicity.

If OBL is so important a target beyond his strategic value which is now zero that we should abandon Iraq, that means previous half-assed attempts or ignored opportunities (read Clinton) are all the more serious.

I hope they never find him ... (Below threshold)
Peter S:

I hope they never find him because it would eventually lead to his martyrdom among his supporters. Denying him his sacrifice for the sick cause of killing thousands of innocents and leaving widows and parentless children behind is far better justice than anything *I* can think of. Let him fade away.

I was kind of looking forwa... (Below threshold)
Nell:

I was kind of looking forward to seeing his dental exam and louse check.

Three words: "Couldn't agre... (Below threshold)

Three words: "Couldn't agree more."

Um, so I am to believe ther... (Below threshold)

Um, so I am to believe there is some guy out there in Islamiland who isn't interested in attacking the US today, but if we kill bin Laden for his mass murders, that guy will be so enraged he will become a jihadi?

Sorry, no sale.

We should do everything we can to keep bin Laden cornered in whatever cave he inhabits, whatever village with poor sanitation he visits, and to tighten the noose and get him if we can without diverting resources from more direct and current threats. But, the War against Islamic Fascism goes on, with him or without him.

Um, so I am to be... (Below threshold)
Peter S:


Um, so I am to believe there is some guy out there in Islamiland who isn't interested in attacking the US today, but if we kill bin Laden for his mass murders, that guy will be so enraged he will become a jihadi (sic)?

Uh, no. Did you finish reading my comment? This is what *I* think --hence the asterisks. You can think what ever you want, even disagree for whatever reason, but don't put words in my mouth and then use them to attack me.




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