Form your own opinions on this. Personally, I think that one M/O of this guy is to show up on a videotape every few months-we all know how he uses Al Jazeera as his own PR wing But he hasn't made a peep in months, and that's not like him.
I personally think he's dead, but, unless he would raise up his ugly head one of these days, we might never know.
QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1041 times:
I can never hope to understand the grief and anger felt by all Americans as a result of September 11, being a foreigner. And those responsible simply must be brought to justice and punished both harshly, and publicly in accordince with law.
But in my view, the best revenge, better than even torturing Osama himself is simply to live on, and not let these people get us angry. We will punish them and then the greatest revenge will come when one day the world remembers poor little osama and how the permanent destruction that he so hoped would come about, never materialised.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 975 times:
Whether Bin laden is dead or not won't make the slightest difference, terorrist attacks will continue. There are thousands more OBL 'wannabies' lying in the waiting. A problem that i cant find a solution to.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 970 times:
You have a valid point, Arsenel, but I look at it this way: if he's dead, that's one less scourge on the earth. And very, very few organizations-be they government or cults or terrorists, who have been led by a strong, charismatic figure are as successful after the demis of that figure. A lot of it is cult of personality, and with that personality, the organization can still function, but not as effectively as it did once before.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 949 times:
Ofcourse if he's dead, then he's history, but wouldn't it be better if he's alive and US special forces catch him alive? imagine how much of a powerful coupe that would be for the war on terror, it might shut up a few people?
ExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 944 times:
I agree that, in all likelihood, he's dead. I don't think however, that the U.S. will ever make the claim unless they have tangible evidence to prove it. If they did claim he was dead, and OBL somehow made it evident to the otherwise, that would be a big pie in the face to the Administration.
But then again, if he's alive, he is too much of a delusional egomaniac to NOT come out and "stick his tongue out" to rub it in.
I think Tora Bora, or egress from there, did him in.
If he's dead, that's a HUGE step in the right direction. Remember that he's not JUST al-Qaeda's spiritual leader but also their major financier and mastermind. With him out of the picture, you've decapitated the biggest part of the operation. Not the end of the war, but a huge battle victory IMO.