Is Osama bin Laden Dead?

It seems cruel and evil to wish another person dead. But in this case, I’ll make an exception. Pakistani intelligence suspects that the leader of al-Qaeda is dead, and if they’re right, that is frankly cause for celebration. Especially on a day when a low-flying replica of Air Force One scared the crap out of Manhattan — reminding us that there are bad guys out there, even if this turned out to really just be a photo opportunity without the benefit of, you know, telling anyone that they could take photos. As we continue to debate the best way to deal with bad guys, it would be nice to know that they had lost their figurehead and benefactor. Sadly, we may not know for sure for quite some time.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. I think he is dead. But thats the scary part, what if someone more maniacal should rise to power in Al Qaeda.

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