Joking aside, quite a number of Pakistani troops have died in combat against insurgents in the area thought to be where OBL
is hiding out.
Nice gratitude for those dying while fighting essentially your war.
The mindset that says a GBU got him is revealing, he got out of Tora Bora, what messages he has sent since have validated that.
Wishful thinking I'm afraid.
However, saying he cannot operate is missing the point, he hasn't got to, probably never did before 2001, he is a symbol, once a facilitator now a figurehead, every day he is not confirmed dead, the disparate groups he helped found or inspired, draw strength from this, remember they are religious fanatics who think that Allah is keeping him alive.
He did not plan Sept 11th in any detail, he did set the broad policy of attacking the US, the detail was down to others, who had and could live in the West.
But the man it is operationally most important to get is his No.2, the Egyptian who had a hand in the killing of Sadat in 1981, who has formulated the whole AQ
doctrine, he essentially thinks that any Muslim who is involved in politics, who is not totally committed to harsh Koranic rule, including anyone who disagrees in the slightest with this, be they officials or simple farmers, should be killed.
brought facilities and fighters to this idea, but this insane doctrine pre-dates OBL
's arrival in Afghanistan during the conflict with the USSR
, many think the No.2, the 'Spiritual Leader' is the real brains behind the operation, at the level of broad policy.
The US was attacked to get them out of the Mid East and to reign back Western influence generally in Islamic nations, though the situation in Iraq will be seen by them as a plus, casualties and increased distrust of the US in the region, sort of a necessary battle to get the broad strategic aims realized.
That was the idea behind killing Sadat, it was thought the the population of Egypt would rise up in the manner of Iran in 1979, they did not of course, nor elsewhere when attacks have happened, but that won't stop them trying all the same.
It is important as a symbol for OBL
to be accounted for, but the idea that this breed of terrorism would end if this happens is false, at least in the short/medium term.
They are not 'jealous of freedom' or of material gain, they despise both.